Marietta Frank (Burdick)


Marietta Frank (Burdick)


Marietta Frank

Marietta Frank (Burdick) was born on March 20, 1931, in Lemmon, South Dakota, to John and Frieda Burdick, and passed away on May 7, 2018, at the age of 87. She grew up in Lemmon with her parents and five older brothers. One of her favorite memories from her childhood was driving across the country in a Model T truck with her father.

She married Bill Frank in November of 1949 and, together, they had 10 children. They later divorced, leaving her to raise all 10 children on her own. While raising the children, she also worked full-time at multiple jobs. Most notable were JC Penney, Pierce Packing and the Dude Rancher Lodge.

Her true passion in life was her family. She was happiest when surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There is rarely a picture of her without one of her loved ones in her arms or at her side. Throughout her life, she was selfless and always put aside her needs to focus on her family. Although quiet and a woman of few words, she had a great sense of humor and was always able to make you feel loved and appreciated. She was the safety net and rock for her entire family. Her selfless demeanor and her compassion for others will be deeply missed. She will be remembered as the core of the family and the strongest member of it.

Marietta is preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and three sons, Steve, Doug and Craig. She is survived by her one remaining brother, Jim; and seven remaining children, Rich and his children Austin (Josh), Lyndsey (Ray) and their daughter Tatyum; Bonita (Marty Walter, deceased); Tom (Kelly) and their children Matt (Sunny), Kortney (Josh) and their children Kruiz and Knox, Kaitlyn (Jake) and their children Harlow and Tuff; Brad (Kim); Pam (Mike Donahue) and their children Jenna (Shawn) and their children Rylee and Kambree, Kassie (Tyler) and daughter Tayla, Marshall (MaKayla); Jeff (Genia)and their children Ryan and Ashlee; and Mike (Chelsey) and their children Andrew, Peter and Emerson. Marietta is also survived by her dear friends, Sid and Mert Colville, Carol Wardell, and several nieces and nephews.

Our family would like to thank everyone from the RiverStone Hospice House who cared for her during her last weeks and allowed our family to take over the place with crowds of 15 or more at a time, playing cards or bingo, building a puzzle or having a picnic on the back patio. RiverStone made our last few days ones to remember.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave., with a celebration of Marietta’s life following at the Hampton Inn, 3550 Ember Lane, Billings.

Our family requests that in lieu of flowers, gifts be made to RiverStone Health – Hospice Services.

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3 thoughts on “Marietta Frank (Burdick)”

  1. Marlene Raitt

    She was beautiful inside and out….I knew her sons Steve and Doug and lived in billings when Steve passed…such a beautiful man and free spirit as was Doug…dont remember the other kids but I am sorry for your loss…..God Rest her soul and bring peace to all of you Marlene Raitt

  2. Adrianne Gibbs Klein

    I grew up in the same neighborhood as the Frank Family and my best friend is her daughter Bonita. I will always remember Marietta as one of the strongest women I have ever known. She was always there for her family and friends. Despite all of the responsibilities she had as a single mother of ten she would take time out to enjoy the heck out of life. Marietta has hosted many an event for her kids including numerous card games, trips to the hill climbs, fried chicken dinners, Taco Tuesdays (or any other day of the week), parties in the redecorated cellar on Terry, and even a polka dance lesson or two in the living room. I am thankful that I was allowed to spend so much time with her and her family. She extremely welcoming and gracious to all the friends of her kids and made room for everybody in her heart and home. I am thankful and blessed to have known Marietta. I loved her and will miss her.

  3. Gary R. Burdick

    Aunt Marietta has been in my life since I can remember. She and my Mother, Viola – married to Marietta’s oldest brother Eugene-, were good friends and was a comfort to my mom when Gene was killed in WWII. I took care of some of her children – I remember Steve and Doug – when I was in high school and later I would run into Marietta more often than not after I moved out of Lemmon and she moved to Billings. She would come back to Lemmon to visit her best friend Mert and somehow I would happen to be in Lemmon sometimes at the same time. I always liked her sense of humor and the way she looked at the world clear-eyed and unflinching. She lived a strong life and never complained and enriched mine along the way. I will be forever grateful.
    Gary Burdick

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