GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                                              Wednesday, February 26, 2003

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Rose Marie Rattey

   DODSON -- Rose Marie (LaTray) Rattey, 89, a longtime resident of Harlem and Dodson, died of natural causes Friday at a Helena nursing home.

   Rosary and funeral Mass will take place at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dodson at a later date, with burial in Hillside Cemetery.

   Survivors include daughters Janet Boe of Havre, Jean Tanniehill of Helena and Lois Nelson of Great Falls; sons Harvey Rattey (Pamela Harr) of Glendive and Joseph Rattey of Dodson; 25 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sons-in-law Edward Tanniehill and Gaile Nelson; grandchildren Jeffrey Boe, Joseph Paul Rattey (Harvey's infant son) and Myrna Morde; all her brothers, Edward, Robert, Walter, George, Albert and Carl; and all her sisters, Jestine Olson, Josephine Snider, Irene Baucmeyer and Marjorie Falds.

   Rose was born Jan. 31, 1914, to John Moses LaTray and Rosalie (LaValley) LaTray, on their ranch in the Bear Paw Mountains south of Chinook, Mont. Rose spent her entire life in Montana.

   On March 16, 1933, she married Lester Harold Rattey in Chinook. They ranched in the Bear Paw Mountains until 1946, when they bought a ranch in Harlem, Mont., and later bought a much larger ranch in Dodson. They enjoyed ranching, the only life both of them knew.

   In October, 1980, Rose and Lester celebrated their life together by having a family reunion at the ranch. On July 21, 1981, they had their marriage renewed and blessed in the Catholic church in Dodson. Mel Longtree was the photographer. Myrna and Bob Williamson were bridesmaid and best man. On March 20, 1984, Rose and Lester celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

   Lester died of a heart attack March 16, 1985, at the family home in Dodson. That same year, there was a dedication of a city park in Dodson in remembrance of Lester.

   Rose was a very hard worker, doing ranch work, raising a huge garden, and was an excellent cook, making the best rhubarb and apple pie, homemade bread and other foods.

   She liked visiting with family and friends, enjoyed traveling and went on numerous trips and cruises in her later years. She moved to Helena in 1995, when health problems surfaced.

   Rose's final resting place will be in Hillside Cemetery, Phillips County, in Dodson, next to her husband and grandson, Joseph Paul Rattey.

   Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's unit of Cooney Convalescent Home of Helena.

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THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                                Wednesday, March 5, 2003

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Rose Marie Rattey

   Rose Marie Rattey, 89, a long-time resident of this area, passed away on Friday, February 21, 2003, in Helena. Services will be held at a later date and will be announced by her family. Following a Rosary and Funeral Mass in the Sacred Heart Catho­lic Church in Dodson, Rose will be laid to rest next to her hus­band and grandson (Joseph Paul Rattey) in the Hillside Cemetery at Dodson.

   Born on January 31, 1914, to John Moses and Rosalie La-Tray on their ranch in the Bear Paw Mountains, Rose spent her entire life in Montana. On March 16, 1933, she married Lester Harold Rattey in Chinook and they ranched in the Bear Paws until 1946, when they bought a ranch near Harlem. Later they bought a ranch near Dodson and continued to enjoy the ranching life, the only life either one of them knew.

   On July 21, 1981, Rose and Lester had their marriage renewed and blessed in the Catholic Church in Dodson. Mel Longtree of Dodson was the photographer and Myrna and Bob Williamson were the Bride’s Maid and Best Man. Then on March 20, 1984, they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

A devoted Catholic, Rose liked visiting with family and friends. She also enjoyed travel­ing, and went on numerous inter­esting trips and cruises in her later years. Lester died of a heart attack on March 16, 1985, at the family home in Dodson. Rose continued to live in the family home until 1995, when health problems caused her to move to Helena.

   Survivors include her five children, Mrs. Janet Boe of Havre, Mrs. Jean Tanniehill of Helena, Harvey Rattey (Pamela Han) of Glendive, Joseph Rattey of Dodson, and Lois Nelson of Great Falls; 25 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; six brothers, Edward, Robert, Wal­ter, George, Albert and Carl La-Tray; four sisters, Mrs. Jestine Olson, Mrs. Josephine Snider, Mrs. Irene Baucmeyer, and Mrs. Marjorie Falds; three grandchi I -dren, Jeffrey Boe, Joseph Paul Rattey, and Myrna Morde; and two son-in-laws, Edward Tannie­hill and Gaile Nelson.

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