THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL
February 23, 2005
Mary "Tab" Hay
Mary "Tab" hay, 75, of Miles City
passed away on February 18, 2005 at Holy Rosary Health Care following several
bouts with cancer over the past years.
She was born June 12, 1929, in Forsyth
County, North Carolina,
to Luther and Ruth (Robertson) Griffith. She was raised on a farm on Griffith Road,
which was part of the original Griffith
plantation. She attended elementary school in Clemmons. NC.,
and attended several years of high school there where she played on the girls
basketball team. IN 1946 she married Norman Farrington in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
He died a short time later. In 1947 she moved to Harlem, Montana,
to live with her aunt and uncle, Ethel and Lester Jessen.
Tab worked in the AAA office in Chinook, Montana,
and in the fall of 1947 her aunt and uncle encouraged her to go back to high
school in Harlem to finish her schooling.
While attending Harlem
High School she also
coached the girls' basketball team during the 1947-48 season.
After graduation she went to work for the Veteran's Administration in Fort Harrison, Montana.
On Oct 9, 1948, she and Richard "Dick" Hay were married in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
In June 1949 they moved to Hailey, Idaho, until Dick was recalled to active duty with the U.S. Army in
August of 1950 after the start of the Korean Conflict. Tab and their son, Rick,
moved back to Harlem, Montana, to be near relatives while Dick was
on active duty. During this time she worked as secretary at the Harlem High
School. When Dick was released from active duty
they moved to Rupert, Idaho, in 1952 and lived there until 1954
when they returned to Hailey to make their home.
In October 1959 the family moved to Miles
City when Dick took a job with the Miles City
Star and they have resided here since that time. In 1972 Dick and Steve Jessen purchased the Forsyth Independent and that same year
Tab and Dick formed a partnership with Robert and Norma Torn and started H
& T Quality Printing in Miles
City. They later
purchased the Toms' interest in the business. Tab was in charge of operating
the business offices of the firms and helped out in other operations of the
In 1976 they started a newspaper in Colstrip, Montana,
which they operated until 1985 when the sold the Forsyth and Colstrip
newspapers. They sold the printing business in April 1991. In the 1980's they
purchased some fullblood tarentaise
cattle, which they operate in a partnership basis. After selling the businesses
Tab went to work at Custer Inn Motel as a desk clerk until she had her second
bout with cancer. She also enrolled in classes at Miles Community College
and took many computer courses, along with several other classes, which she
She enjoyed playing cards and computer games and working on the computer
in compiling the Griffith
family history and old photos. She was a member of Royal Neighbors of America and served as district oracle while
living in Idaho.
She was a member of the Episcopal Church in Hailey,
Idaho, and Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Miles City
where she served several years on the altar committee. Tab also served as a
Girl Scout leader and helped out with the Boy's Scout when the boys were
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Caroline; one sister, Mildred
Sloan, and one brother, Cecil Griffith.
She is survived by her husband of Miles City; two Sons, Rick Hay and his
wife Helayne, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Rodney
Hay of Omaha, Nebraska; six grandchildren, Jessica Wetmore of The DalIes, Oregon, Keith Wetmore of Denver, Colorado, Jacque
Wetmore of Billings, Montana, and Aleksandra, Ashley, and David Hay all of
Grand Rapids, Michigan; and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by
two brothers. Russell Griffith and his wife, Lois, of Greensboro, North
Carolina, Ralph Griffith (who lived with the Hay family in HaiIey,
Idaho. while he finished high school) and his wife, Mary Jane, of Pilot
Mountain, North Carolina; four sisters, Lavina Tilley
and her husband, Paul. Alice Smith and her husband. Reid and Phyllis Foster and her husband, Steve, all of
Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Ethel Griffith of Portland, Oregon. Shc is also survived by numerous nieccs
and nephews and by her two very special 'star borders and honorary
grandchildren", Brooke and Brittnee Olson and
their mother, Kym Olson.