Wilma Mae Dixon Leidholt was born October 28, 1932 and died January 14, 2020 at the age of 87 years. She was born in Ekalaka, MT but lived most of her life in Miles City, MT. She enjoyed going back to the family ranch in Ekalaka during summer vacations where she spent many happy hours on her horse Dolly herding sheep. She lived in Vancouver, WA for two years during World War II when her dad worked as a welder in the shipyards. She attended Miles Community College for one year and then taught at the Fairview one room country school. It was there that she met her future husband when he helped dig her car out of a snow drift. She returned to school and received a teaching certificate from WMCE in Dillon and then taught for a year at Forsyth Elementary school before she and Edwin Leidholt were married on June 18, 1955.
She was busy as a homemaker with four children and tended a big garden and helped on the farm. She could be found helping her children with their various 4-H projects and serving as the treasurer for Kircher Schools while her children were growing up. Later, she went back to work as the secretary a Garfield Elementary School. She was there for 20 years and enjoyed the students and staff that she got to know during that time.
The last few years she lived with her oldest daughter in Oregon and then at an assisted living center in Mollala OR.
She is survived by her children Karen (Allan) Bruner, Chery (Kirk) Stimson, and Shalene (Mike) Sparling and grandchildren Rachael Davenport, Kirstin Bruner, Megan Bruner, Nicholas Stimson, and Nate Sparling, great grandson James Davenport and brothers and sisters-in-laws and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Ray and Mary Dixon, her husband Edwin Leidholt and her son Ron Leidholt.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held February 1, 2020 at 11 am at the First Baptist Church in Miles City, MT.