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July 7, 1931 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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Marjorie Ann Gray entered her final roundup on January 5, 2024, due to natural causes. She was born on July 7, 1931, to her parents Howell Harris and Helen (Zimmer) Harris of Highwood. She was raised on the Harris ranch and attended Highwood schools, graduating in 1949. She attended Whittier College in California for two years.
Marge married Dale Lynch in 1952 and two daughters and a son were born. They later divorced. She later married R.G. Gray who she divorced in 1981.
She kept the books for the ranch and completed her studies at the College of Great Falls graduating with an accounting degree in 1965. Marge became a realtor in 1985; a job she loved. She worked at Lester Agency until the owner retired. She then worked for Dahlquist Realtors until she retired.
Marge was President of Harris Land & Cattle Company for 42 years. She was active in the Cowbelles and was Secretary of the Highwood Mountains Livestock Association for over 30 years. She worked with the Great Falls Chamber of Commerce and became involved with the Executive Council on Foreign Diplomats, placing foreign diplomats and their families on farms and ranches throughout north central Montana for a few days while they toured the state in RV’s. It was highly successful, and Mom hosted the staff that led the expedition of diplomats for about 10 years. Later, Marge participated in Leadership Great Falls, and the US Department of Defense Dacowits committee; a four- year commitment. She was also a member of the Board of Realtors and an active member of the Great Falls Ad club and loved to participate in the Charlie Russell Art Auction. Later in life she was a member and past president of the Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers. In addition, for over twenty years, Marge hosted many hunters who stayed in her home and hunted the property, forging many friendships.
Marge is survived by her children, Valerie (Ron) Cole of Billings, Carolyn (Jim) Ohs of Missoula, and Doran (Laura) Lynch of Highwood, nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren, as well as many others who knew her as Grandma, dear friends, helpers, and relatives.
Marge was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson, and numerous Aunts and Uncles and a special friend Cresap (Sandy) McCracken.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Grandview Reflections unit for the exceptional care and love she received as well as Benefis Peace Hospice.
Marge loved the ranch and knew a lot of family history as well as Highwood area history. Memorials are suggested to the Highwood School Scholarship Fund. The family will host a celebration of her life in early June, with the date and location to be determined.