Mary Ann Hogan Burt
Mary Ann Hogan Burt, 81, of Hamilton passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at the Hamilton Assisted Living and Memory Care of natural causes surrounded by her family.
Mary Ann was born in Deer Lodge, on January 10, 1937 to David Patrick and Marian Hollenback Hogan. Mary Ann was raised in Gold Creek, with her nine brothers on the family’s large ranch with many cousins as neighbors and friends.
Mary Ann graduated from Powell County High School. She then attended college for one year in Kansas City before returning to Montana and working for the Montana Highway Patrol as a clerk.
Russel Owen Burt, her high school sweetheart, proposed and they were married February 7, 1959. After their nuptials the pair moved to Anaconda and started their family. Their children; Becky, Pam, and Rusty were born there.
Following the advancement of Russel’s career, the family moved to Butte briefly before settling into their hand built forever home of 50 years in Hamilton, and welcoming Susan into the family.
Mary Ann loved raising her children and being active in their lives, her church and community. She volunteered for the schools, taught Religious Education and was a 4-H and Girl Scout leader.
As her children left home, she took a new path at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital where she was a cook for 21 years. Mary Ann loved cooking for the patients and her fellow staff members, and especially baking cookies for all.
After retirement she continued to give to her church community as a nurse assistant for the parish wellness committee and visited many shut-ins over the years.
Mary Ann’s kindness and love of people was a gift that her family, friends, community and even strangers will always cherish.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, David, Jerry and Patrick; and her loving husband, Russel, who passed away on June 1, 2018. She is survived by four children, Becky Brough and husband Tim of Hamilton, Pam Van Syoc and husband Jon of Casper, Wyo., Rusty Burt and wife Chris of Hamilton and Susan Burt of McGregor Lake; seven grandchildren, Chris Van Syoc and wife Jen of Bridgeport, Tex., Mary Ann Van Syoc and husband Geoff of Winter Park, Colo., TJ Brough and fiancé JeNette Kummer of Hamilton, Maggie Brough and fiancé Marcus Petrey and their children, Olivia Brough and Ella Petrey of Corvallis, and Cody Brough, Alycia Burt and Ty Burt all of Hamilton; and one great-grandchild, Olivia Brough of Hamilton. She is also survived by her Hogan brothers, Emmett of Dillon, Donald and wife Betty of Great Falls, Thomas and wife Judy of Gold Creek, Alan and wife Eileen of Spokane, Wash. and Sam and wife Linda of Gold Creek; sister-in-law Myrna of Tacoma, Wash.; and all of her wonderful friends.
The family wishes to thank her phenomenal caregivers, Sabrina Huggins and Beth McCoy. Mary Ann’s loving and giving soul was a beacon for all that knew her. She will be missed by all she touched.
Visitation was held on Monday, August 20, 2018 from 6 until 7 p.m. at the Daly-Leach Chapel with Rosary and Vigil Services at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, August 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Parish with a reception following in the Pastoral Life Center. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, August 22 at 10 a.m. at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made in Mary Ann’s name to the Hamilton Assisted Living and Memory Care (P.O. Box 43, Hamilton, MT 59840) or to St. Francis Catholic Parish (411 S. 5th St., Hamilton, MT 59840). Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.
Wyatt Havens is finally free from Juvenile Huntington’s Disease. He made the choice to leave us after a long battle with the mental symptoms of his disease.
Wyatt was born along with his twin, Caleb, in Missoula. He moved to Deer Lodge as an infant to be close to his family. Growing up Wyatt had many interests. He could take things apart and sometimes put them back together, he liked to gather firewood, camp and fish. He was a 4-H member and won a purple ribbon on his crocheted pot holders. He baked brownies and played in the dirt, usually with his mom’s silverware. Wyatt was a kind and gentle soul. He wanted to motocross with his brother, but we stopped paying his entry fees due to him kindly letting everyone pass him. He was always generous, and it was important to him to make sure everyone got something for Christmas. He crocheted baby booties when his cousin was born, even though they weren’t the same size, she wore them.
Wyatt was an old soul and preferred listening to Hank and Willie. He refused to listen to new country and said it wasn’t real country. He was also a staunch Republican and had a strong moral compass. He taught us all what ear marks were when he was in the fifth grade.
Wyatt had many favorite people in his life, his grandma Kay and his grandpa Willie who were waiting for him in heaven. Wyatt’s most special person was his grandma Dee. He would sit at her kitchen table and have coffee and donuts. He had his own special coffee cup at her house. Even as a teen and young adult he would go to her house to visit and have coffee.
Wyatt started having symptoms of JHD around age 14. He was officially diagnosed after he turned 18. As his disease progressed he struggled in traditional school. He chose to go to Job Corps and he graduated with a high school diploma in heavy equipment mechanics. Unfortunately, his disease progressed enough that he wasn’t able to work as a mechanic.
In 2015 Wyatt moved to Helena. He lived next to his family in his own apartment with his brother Caleb as his next-door neighbor. Wyatt worked at Home Depot part time up until his recent increase in symptoms. We would like to say thank you to Home Depot for the kindness and understanding they showed Wyatt. Having a job gave him a sense of purpose. Their ability to see the value in Wyatt was comforting and greatly appreciated.
Wyatt is survived by his twin, Caleb, his mom and step dad Todd and Kristy Boese; his brothers Riley Boese and Jordan Havens and sister Kayin Boese; his father Lyle Havens; step mom, Jennifer Sprouse; great grandma Doris Hildebrand; grandma Linda Spaulding; grandma and grandpa Walt and Gail Boese; aunt Darcy Barry (Tygan and Maci Barry); aunt and uncle Katie and Brian Witt, uncle Shawn Boese (Alex), great aunts Judy Dowty, Debbie Gilson, Jean Moore and uncle Dean Hildebrand. Wyatt had many other cousins and second cousins he was close to.
The family would like to express thanks to the Lewis and Clark County PD and Search and Rescue, St. Peter’s ER, ICU and BHU doctors and nurses. Your professionalism, empathy and understanding have touched us deeply and made this journey a little easier. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to https://help4hd.org/. Please educate yourself about this horrible disease. Information is available at http://hdsa.org/what-is-hd/. Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home will oversee arrangements. There will be a visitation in Helena and a service and brunch Wednesday, August 22 in Deer Lodge at the Pen, 3 p.m.