Olive Mellor, age 91, passed away September 15, 2015 at the Powder River Manor Nursing Home in Broadus, Mt.
Olive Jane Woolston was born June 15, 1924 to Tom and Christine Woolston in Philipsburg, Kansas. Olive’s mother wanted to deliver Olive in Kansas to be close to her mother, since this was her first child and she was afraid of the isolation of the ranch. When Olive was 6 weeks old, she and her mother returned to Montana and her father, Tom. Olive spent her growing up years at TL, her parents ranch on Box Elder Creek. Olive always held those times very close to her heart.
In 1942, Olive graduated from high school in Ekalaka, Mt. She began her college in Spearfish, SD that Fall. On April 10, 1943 Olive married John Mellor at the First Baptist church in Broadus, Mt. Olive continued her college while John served in the Navy during WWII. She graduated with her teaching degree, and began teaching country schools until John came home from the service. She’s saved $300.00 in the bank, had bought 2 pieces of new furniture, 50 head of sheep and had a puppy named Mack when John returned home. They lived their early married years on various ranches, working for other people, hoping to buy their own ranch. That was not to be, even though that was where both their hearts were. In 1956, John and Olive moved to Broadus. John drove truck for AJ Bone, while Olive continued teaching until she bought the Cashway Truck Stop restaurant. In 1961 they bought the IGA grocery store, enjoying a nice business until they retired and sold the store in 1988. In 1985 Olive was named Grocer woman of the Year for the state of Montana. Olive helped many people in their time of need and gave to her community often.
Olive loved music and playing her piano in her younger years. Her grandchildren will remember with a smile how a simple conversation would remind her of a song, and she would start singing it to them. Olive was a member of the Eastern Star, holding many offices through the years. Some of her other joys included, cooking and collecting recipes, reading, crossword puzzles, playing cards, game shows on TV and traveling. But, her greatest joy was her family. She was fiercely loyal, generous and loving. Always thinking of everyone before herself. Her faith in God sustained her til the end. Known for being a fierce “Prayer Warrior”.
Olive was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Stacy and a son, Jay.
Survivors include her husband, John, daughter, Carol (Randy) Hanrahan, son, David (Debbie) Mellor, daughter-in-law, Judy, brother, Larry (Marilyn) Woolston, sister-in-laws, Alice Woolston, Jesse Malcom, Esther Boyles, 8 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on October 6, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Bible Church in Broadus, MT. Interment will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Broadus is assisting the family in these arrangements.