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1935 Marlene 2021

Marlene Fay Bagnell

February 6, 1935 — November 6, 2021

Marlene Fay Bagnell went to be with our Lord peacefully on November 6, 2021, surrounded by her daughter, son in law, grandchildren, and her great-grandson. She was 86 years young.

Marlene was born in Mandan North Dakota but moved to Sanger North Dakota at the age of 2 with her family, her daddy Robert and mom Florence Bagnell. Her brothers Lyle, who affectionally referred to her as Marilyn, brother, Dale who called her Wee Wee, and Daryl (Scotty) loved her as Sugar Plum. All of whom have preceded her in passing. Also preceding her is her beautiful daughter Budelle (Bud) Roberta Welander.
Her family traveled by car to Kirkland Washington to visit her grandparents frequently, but mom always vowed she would live in the mountains. Which she did!

Marlene took the 3rd and 4th grade together in the same year in Hensler North Dakota. She was the only student in 3rd grade that year. She also graduated from High School in three years at the age of sixteen in 1951 at Center North Dakota. Marlene worked for the County Extension Agency at the Oliver County Court House in Center North Dakota before marrying Elmer C Mack, who also precedes her. They then move to Montana in 1953. There they had three children, Budelle (Bud) Roberta, Jefferson Lyle, and Jole’e Elizabeth.
She was a stay-at-home mom who was one of the top sales representatives for Sara Coventry Jewelry Company. She successfully sold for that company for 6 years. Later she worked as a Physician’s Assistant at the Western Montana Clinic. She also was an incredible pianist. She did read music. But her real talent was playing by ear. She listened once and could play it! She and her brother Lyle and Pat Collier would play the best Big Band music you ever heard! Marlene also volunteered to play for different churches in Mesa Arizona. She later moved to Polson Montana and worked for Bishop Insurance where she sold property/casualty insurance, when they first opened. Later she worked for Western States Insurance until she retired in 1992. Marlene loved to travel in her 5th wheel. She traveled to Canada, Mexico and throughout the US with her faithful dog, Fritz, a schnauzer, by her side. In 1996 Marlene moved to warmer climate. She lived in Mesa Arizona for 22 years. She then came back to her beloved mountains in Montana, April of 2021 and lived with her daughter.

Marlene is survived by her son Jefferson Lyle Mack of Billings MT, daughter Jole’eMcGarvey (James) of St Ignatius MT, Grand Children Justine Sherry (Justin Erickson) Jason Sherry (Meg) Mackenzie Aylesworth, Joshua Aylesworth (Amy), Alexander Welander (Larissa), Arwyn Welander (Bones), Cody Mack and Casey Mack, nine Great Grand Children and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her extended family Chris and Dorothy Means and their children of Chandler Arizona and Lamar and Darlene Means of Rathdrum Idaho.

A private family service is planned in May 2022 in Center ND. We will love you and miss you forever Ma…

Donation may be made to the Diabetes Association.
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