Artie Lee Markegard

October 11, 1923

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December 15, 2020

Artie Lee Markegard

October 11, 1923

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December 15, 2020

Artie was born on Oct. 11, 1923, and passed on Dec. 15, 2020. She was 97. She was born in Tiskilwa, Illinois, to Charles and Viola Rutherford. She had a brother, Joe, and sister, Betty, both departed. Artie moved with her parents from Tiskilwa to Baltimore, Maryland, and Chicago, Illinois, where her father went to vet school.

Artie married Howard “Mick” Maycox in 1944. They divorced in 1957. Artie had three children: Mitchell (Joanne) Maycox, Marcia (Mike) Meloni and Marleen Maycox. Artie moved to South San Francisco, California, to be with her husband after WWII ending. She went to Billings in 1963. Artie held numerous jobs in her lifetime, from bookkeeper, file clerk, to soldering resistors and key punch operator.

In 1969, she married Keith Markegard. Together, they did a lot of traveling with their bowling team and in their motorhome. Artie league bowled until her 90s. She volunteered at Deaconess Hospital (Billings Clinic). Artie worked as a buyer for the hospital gift shop and gave tours. She received many awards for her dedicated hours of service. She grew African violets that thrived from her caring hands.

Cremation has taken place with interment at Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park.

No services are planned at this time.

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5 thoughts on “Artie Lee Markegard”

  1. Mitch, Marcia and Marleen,
    Sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Even if she has been around until a “ripe old age” it is hard on you as children.
    I and I’m sure my kids all have fond memories of the hospitality your mother provided for during our sojourns from Glendive to Billings.

    Rusty

  2. My deepest sympathy to Artie’s family. She was a wonderful next door neighbor and I will miss her and our pleasant visits out our back patio. Maureen, I know you the most of the family, my deepest condolences to you. May God Bless you and sustain you at this very difficult time.

  3. Marleen,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
    I was so fortunate to get to know Artie when she served on the Board of Directors at the Yellowstone County Council on Aging. She was so dedicated and caring. I know you will miss her

  4. Bob and Sylvia Peterson

    We were saddened to see that Artie had passed away. She was a classy lady and a lot of fun to be around. We can recall several trips to the Elk’s state bowling tournament with a group that included Artie and Keith. The bowling was fun but we really enjoyed the fellowship whether in the bar, restaurant or the hallways of the motel. I was always amazed at her accuracy when she would lay the ball out right handed and it would break to the right like that of a left handed bowler. Ah, the good old days. She will be missed by many of us.
    Bob and Sylvia Peterson

  5. Ron and Marcia Anderson

    We were neighbors to this classy dear lady and her faithful dog “Mandy”. Artie always had time for a chat. She was dressed for the day from her hat to color coordinated shoes on her walk through the neighborhood. All of us will miss her smile and kindness.
    May God be with her children during this time of grief.

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