Marianne Elizabeth Altmaier Garrett Milne, 83, who was head surgical nurse at St. Vincent Hospital for 27 years, died Feb. 8, 2014.
She was born at home in Bozeman on July 22, 1930, the fourth of six children born to Clarence John Altmaier and Mildred Elizabeth Taliman Altmaier. She was involved in dance, 4-H and sewed many of her own clothes.
During her 10th year, she developed osteomyelitis in her left arm, requiring more than 20 surgeries. She then learned how to write with her right hand, as she had previously been left handed.
She met a friend at summer camp for children with osteomyelitis, Bruce G. Milne, who later become her companion until his death.
In 1941, the family moved to Billings, and she attended Fratt Memorial School. She graduated from Senior High School in 1948.
She went to Carroll College and completed her degree as a registered nurse in December 1951. She was head surgical nurse at St. Vincent Hospital and also worked at Deaconess Hospital in the trauma unit and worked as a contract nurse in Billings.
One such contract took her to the set of “Walks Far Woman” where she was nurse to the movie cast for the duration of the movie. She also took her nursing skills to Wyoming and South Dakota.
On May 2, 1952, she married Donald E. Garrett. The marriage was later dissolved.
She sewed formals for dances and wedding attire and made baby clothing and needlepoint blankets. She had received care at the Sapphire Suite of Valley Health Care.
Survivors include daughters, Dianne Hauer, Judith Garrett and Michelle Henneberry; brothers, Tom and Duane Altmaier; Mildred Ann Altmaier, Mary Joan Dahl and William Altmaier; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life was held at Dahl Funeral Chapel on Feb. 11.
Contributions may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice.