GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                            Saturday, July 2,  2005

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Virginia Mae Motari

    Virginia Mae (Hall) Motari, 86, of 1523 Meadowlark Drive, a former Havre resident who owned and operated several businesses with her husband, died of natural causes Thursday at a local hospital.

    Rosary is 7 p.m. Tuesday at O'Connor Memorial Chapel. Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, with burial in Highland Cemetery. O'Connor Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

    She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Leonard; daughters Beverly J. (John) Olson of Beaverton, Ore., and Linda McCartney and special friend Tom Dashner of Great Falls; sisters-in-law Patricia Wilson of Ranch Cordova, Calif., and Mary Hall of Sun City, Calif.; four grandchildren, Jana Koskela of Dayton, Ore., Mark Olson of Beaverton, Stacee (Michael) Donovan of Tigard, Ore., and Renee (Robert) Valdez of Great Falls; 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Virginia was born July 8, 1918, in Kennebec, S.D., to George and Opal Hall. In 1926, the Hall family moved to Great Falls, where Virginia attended local schools. During World War II, she worked for the Great Northern Railroad and Bison Motor Co.

    On March 7, 1946, Virginia married Leonard Motari. They made their home in Great Falls until 1962, when the couple moved to Havre, Mont. There they owned and operated the Dutch Shop Café, the Grand Hotel, the Hiline Lanes and Northern Tire Co. Leonard and Virginia had also been active in the insurance business for the past 50 years. In 2001, they returned to Great Falls in order to be closer to their family.

    Virginia's many special interests included oil painting, porcelain dollmaking, ceramics, playing pool, bowling and crocheting. She was a member of the Havre Eagles Auxiliary, Elks Club and the Moose Lodge.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Opal Hall; and her three brothers, Joe Hall of Missoula, Mont., Roy Hall of Lincoln, Mont., and Ervin Hall of Sun City, Calif.

    A special thank you to Amanda Donovan for all her loving care.

    Memorials are suggested to the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorder Clinic at 1304 13th S., Great Falls, MT 59405

 

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GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                            Sunday, July 3,  2005

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Virginia Mae Motari

    Virginia Mae (Hall) Motari, 86, of 1523 Meadowlark Drive, a former Havre resident who owned and operated several businesses with her husband, died of natural causes Thursday at a local hospital.

    Rosary is 7 p.m. Tuesday at O'Connor Memorial Chapel. Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, with burial in Highland Cemetery. O'Connor Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

    She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Leonard; daughters Beverly J. (John) Olson of Beaverton, Ore., and Linda McCartney and special friend Tom Dashner of Great Falls; sisters-in-law Patricia Wilson of Ranch Cordova, Calif., and Mary Hall of Sun City, Calif.; four grandchildren, Jana Koskela of Dayton, Ore., Mark Olson of Beaverton, Stacee (Michael) Donovan of Tigard, Ore., and Renee (Robert) Valdez of Great Falls; 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Virginia was born July 8, 1918, in Kennebec, S.D., to George and Opal Hall. In 1926, the Hall family moved to Great Falls, where Virginia attended local schools. During World War II, she worked for the Great Northern Railroad and Bison Motor Co.

    On March 7, 1946, Virginia married Leonard Motari. They made their home in Great Falls until 1962, when the couple moved to Havre, Mont. There they owned and operated the Dutch Shop Café, the Grand Hotel, the Hiline Lanes and Northern Tire Co. Leonard and Virginia had also been active in the insurance business for the past 50 years. In 2001, they returned to Great Falls in order to be closer to their family.

    Virginia's many special interests included oil painting, porcelain dollmaking, ceramics, playing pool, bowling and crocheting. She was a member of the Havre Eagles Auxiliary, Elks Club and the Moose Lodge.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Opal Hall; and her three brothers, Joe Hall of Missoula, Mont., Roy Hall of Lincoln, Mont., and Ervin Hall of Sun City, Calif.

    A special thank you to Amanda Donovan for all her loving care.

    Memorials are suggested to the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorder Clinic at 1304 13th S., Great Falls, MT 59405.

 

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