(Margaret) Mary Michelotti Blount, 83, died at home on August 18, 2012, with her son Chris and daughter Tracy by her side after suffering a massive stroke Sunday.
Vigil Services are 7pm Tuesday evening at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary and Crematory. Her funeral will be at 10am Wednesday at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, with a grave side service at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Great Falls.
Mary was born in Hancock, Michigan on August 31, 1928 to Iacopo and Mary Michelotti. Great Falls, Montana became home at the age of 5, when the family, including two older brothers, moved so that her father could join his brother in operating the Lido Restaurant and Bar. After her mother died when Mary was 8, she spent the afternoon school hours with Aunt Enrichetta Benedetti (her father’s sister) in Black Eagle. Mary developed her love for sewing and fashion from her “Auntie”, who worked in fashion design houses in Italy. Mary graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1947.
She married Harry Blount (d. 1998) in 1953 at Malmstrom AFB, MT. Harry’s Air Force career meant that they were transferred to Molesworth, England the following year, where her two oldest sons, Michael and Richard, were born.
Mary returned to Great Falls (with Michael and Richard) in 1957, where her daughter Tracy was born, due to Harry’s constant flying schedule. Her father Jack and Uncle Joe helped Mary with the new baby and the two boys. Mary and the 3 children later joined Harry when he was transferred from England to Hill AFB, Utah. Her youngest son, Chris, was born in 1961 in Stillwater, Oklahoma after the family did a stint at Mitchell AFB, NY. The family then moved to Langley AFB, VA prior to being transferred to Anderson AFB, Guam, where Mary held many positions with the Officers Wives Club, including Social Chairman, and President of the club.
With Harry’s retirement from the Air Force in 1966, the family moved to Great Falls to be near her father Jack and brother, Fr. John. Sunday dinners were spent at her father Jack’s with Jack and Mary making the dinner and Fr. John making dessert. While in Great Falls she enjoyed golfing, dancing, painting abstracts, sewing, and going to the horse races at the fair with her dear friends Jackie and Dwayne. Mary actively worked with the Great Falls College Guild in addition to various clothing and jewelry stores over the years. She was an active member of Catholic Daughters including serving as Regent at the local and state level.
She moved to Billings in 2003 to live with her youngest, Chris. She saw the move as the right thing when the last four digits of her phone number were “4569” (her beloved brother John’s age and year of his death). The move was a great benefit to Chris due to his being out of town extensively with his business. Her avid golfing ended soon after moving due to bad bursitis developing in her right shoulder.
She showed great strength and determination in the last 8 years in her battle against an autoimmune platelet disorder known as Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP). Her strength in her battle was encouraged by the care shown by Dr. Cobb. Even though she dreaded the appointments fearing that her platelet level was not where it needed to be, she thoroughly enjoyed the time discussing recipes with Dr. Cobb (especially if they were Italian recipes). Her four children couldn’t have asked for a more loving, supportive mother. She is sorely missed by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many friends in Billings and Great Falls.
She is pre-deceased by her brothers, Fr. John Michelotti and Robert Michelotti. She is survived by her four children; Michael and Richard (Arla) of Great Falls, Tracy of Annandale, VA, Chris of Billings, along with 3 grandchildren Justin (Sorya) of Shephard AFB, TX, Arlana (Vercin) Carter of Great Falls, Victoria (Dagmar) and 5 great-grandchildren Carlie Carter, Cali Carter, Chole Carter, Victor Blount and Katlyn Blount.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA) http://www.pdsa.org/.