Mildred Grammens


Mildred Grammens


Mildred Grammens
Mildred Grammens

Mildred Bott Grammens, 80, passed away on July 31, 2012, at St. John’s Lutheran Home. She was born on Aug. 16, 1931, to George and Celistine Bott in Billings.

Mildred attended school in Custer and Belfry, where she graduated from high school in 1949. She attended Billings Business College and then worked in several businesses in downtown Billings. Her family moved back to Custer during that time, where she met Morris Grammens. They were married on Feb. 23, 1952, in Pompeys Pillar. They made their first home in Big Horn, where Morris farmed in partnership with his brother Albert. Three children, Donald, Brenda and Derek, were born to the marriage. In 1965, the family moved to Powell, Wyo., where they farmed on Heart Mountain. In 1999, Mildred moved to Billings so she could be closer to Morris, who resided in Western Manor Nursing Home. Morris passed in 2003 and Mildred continued to live in Billings until her passing.

Mildred was a stay-at-home mom who helped on the farm and cared for her family. She liked to sew for herself and children, enjoyed ceramics and crossword puzzles. She loved the color red, which was evident throughout her home.

Preceding her in death are her parents, her husband, five brothers-in-law, many cousins and a niece.

Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Bennett of Redwood City, Calif.; two sons, Donald (Rose) of Washington state and Derek of Wyoming; one daughter, Brenda (Ken) Vecchio of Colorado; and two grandchildren, Brian Vecchio and Michael Grammens; and numerous nieces, nephews and sisters-in-law.

Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary in Billings. Funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, at St. Pius Church, with interment in Mountview Cemetery in Billings.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Home, 3940 Rimrock Road, Billings, MT 59102.


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  1. I have fond memories of Mildred, Morris, Don and Brenda. I distinctly remember spending holiday gatherings at either their home in Big Horn or at ours west of Custer. Mildred was a fantastic cook. I can remember meals in Big Horn that even amazed me as a young boy who would normally not notice; that is how good the food was. Good food, good friends and good times.

    In Mildred’s eyes, nothing was too good for her kids. She was very proud of them. I remember at Christmas noticing that Don’s and Brenda’s presents were wrapped in that shinny metallic wrapping paper. Made the gifts look special.

    Mildred and Morris spent several Saturday nights with my Mom and Dad socializing. I can remember being awaken late at night, after they had returned from some event feeling good, and hearing that wonderful room shattering laugh by Mildred. As I recall Mildred lost her shoe and apparently they humored themselves into hysterical laughter.

    Dad and Morris were close. I saw Morris a few years after Dad died and told me how much it has troubled him.

    God Bless You Aunt Mildred.

    Randy Grammens

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