Mary Ellen Restad


Mary Ellen Restad


Mary Ellen Restad passed away on Aug. 5, 2020, at age 92. Mary was born in Livingston, the youngest child of Mary and Paul Cameron. She met Lee Restad, her husband of 73 years, when he worked on the Bair Ranch in Martinsdale. They married in 1945, then built a home and raised a family in Billings. Later, Mary earned a degree at Eastern Montana College and made a career teaching grade school in the Billings school system. A longtime member of American Lutheran Church, she also belonged, over the years, to numerous service organizations, from PTA to Violet Club to Alpha Delta Kappa, an International Honorary Sorority for Women Educators. She enjoyed gardening, reading, a friendly game of cards, sightseeing and especially being with family. She loved a good conversation.

Although Lee preceded her in death, Mary is survived by her three children, Penne (Robert Abzug) of Austin, Texas, David (Suzie) of Phoenix, and Cindy of Lahaina, Hawaii; two grandchildren, Benjamin Abzug and Johanna Abzug of Austin; one great-grandchild, Wren; as well as nephews and nieces who have been so important to her life. Mary lived a rich, long life. She valued her family and friends, old and new, and will surely be missed.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be planned later, for a day when we can celebrate Mary’s life safely together.

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5 thoughts on “Mary Ellen Restad”

  1. Mrs. Restad was my teacher at Ponderosa School. I’ve often thought about her over the years and wondered how long she taught. She was a very gracious lady and will be missed. RIP beautiful lady.

  2. So sorry for your loss. She and Lee were great friends to my Mom, Ermie. I always appreciated what they did for her. Mary was a very gracious person. Sue Malmstrom

  3. Although I never met Mary until I retired in 1999,started going to coffee with many others at the old “Donut Hole” on 15th & Broadwater.. Mary quickly became a friend and holds a memorable place in my heart. So saddened for her passing, never enough time to say all the things you would like to. Talked to Mary about 2 weeks prior to her passing. Such a wonderful and “classy” lady. Will be greatly missed!

  4. What can someone say at a time like this. Mary and Lee were great friends. I always enjoyed my time with them and Lee’s parents on the banks of the Yellowstone river. My brother in law (John Restad) always drug me along when he went to visit his parents or Lee and Mary. Mary, along with all of the Restad clan were so much fun to be around. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Lee and Mary Restad family, also to my niece and nephews for the loss of such a wonderful family member. We take solace in the fact that Mary has joined Lee in Eternal Peace! Deepest Sympathy and Best Regards to the Restad Family.

  5. Donna Dierenfield

    It was my good fortune to have worked with Mary in both McKinley School and Meadowlark School. She was a wonderful teacher and an asset to the staff in both schools. Her quiet, patient manner with her students was very endearing, and I am sure they have good memories of their days in her classroom. Later, when we were both retired, we both exercised at Curves in the early morning and there, too, she made many friends. She was a genuine, sweet lady. My sympathy to her family.

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