By HDN Staff
CHINOOK Madeleine Mae Marsonette, 76, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000 during open-heart surgery in Great Falls.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Presbyterian Church with burial in Kuper Memorial Cemetery.
Marsonette was born Jan. 18, 1924 in Chinook to Finlay and Isabel (Thompson) MacArthur. She graduated from Chinook High School and spent her life in Chinook. She worked as a timekeeper for the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, working on and off for the company for 10 years.
She also worked during that time for the local bakery and for area ranchers.
She worked in the Blaine County Clerk of Court's office from 1951-55 and spent some time as the clerk of court.
She married Vern Marsonette on May 1, 1954 in Chinook. They purchased the Valley Lumber Company in 1967 and operated it until 1977. After selling the business, she did volunteer work and in 1980 became manager of the Blaine County Museum. She retired in 1996 and was a volunteer at the Senior Citizens Center.
Marsonette was a member of the Presbyterian Church, where she taught church school, was a Ruling Elder and served on the Church Session and Bear Parish Council. She has served as president, secretary and treasurer of the Presbyterian Women's group and was church treasurer for more than 25 years.
Marsonette enjoyed bowling, reading, latch-hook, knitting and doing crossword puzzles.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vern, who died in January; grandson, Benjamin Rutherford.
Survivors include her son, Roger Marsonette of Kalispell; daughter, Shirley Rutherford of Cut Bank; brother, Jim MacArthur of Tulsa, Okla.; sisters, Anne Dannis, Pat Holman, Katherine Butler, Mocky Donis and Jean Erickson, all of Chinook; and two grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the Presbyterian Church or Senior Citizens Center in Chinook.
Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook is in charge of arrangements.