Annie Rose Dyer, 93, a lifelong resident of Brady, died June 16 at Pondera Medical Center.
Memorial services will be June 22 at 3 p.m. at Brady United Methodist Church. Lunch will be served after the service at the Brady Community Hall. Pondera Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Annie was born at Lytle, near the Knee, to Rose (Snell) and John McLean. Her brother, Johnnie McLean and his family stayed on the home place. Her sister, Margaret, married Dave Bergstrom and they farmed and raised their family east of Brady. Her sister, Katherine Murphy, survives her and lives in Texas.
Annie married Lyle Dyer on Nov. 20, 1937. Lyle died in 2007 after suffering from dementia for many years. They had been married 69 years. She helped Lyle farm during the war years. As their family, Deanna, Lyla, and Gary grew up they worked hard in the summer to make time for horseback pack trips into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. When the kids were younger, life in the summer also revolved around Farmers Union Camps. Annie and her mom, Rose, loved the FU camp each summer at Rising Sun Campground on St. Mary’s Lake in Glacier Park. When the kids were in high school, Annie made innumerable cheerleading outfits and supported all the school activities providing food and anything else that was needed. Weekends were spent driving to basketball games. Annie was an avid fan. When Gary got involved in horses, high school rodeos were part of the schedule. Later in life it was Gary’s cow cutting that she enjoyed.
She was a member of the Brady Methodist Church. And those who knew her know she was a Democrat. After the kids left home, she and Lyle became part of the Friendship Force and traveled to Japan, Thailand and Europe. Annie enjoyed baking and decorating cakes. Her wedding gift to many family members and friends was a wedding cake.
Gary took over the farm. In 2005 Gary died of cancer. Annie’s heart was broken.
Deanna and Herb (deceased) Styren raised their family on a ranch near Choteau. Marlin and Betsy and their two sons, Luke and Dylan, live a quarter mile down the road. Luke and Kasha’s sons, Kurtis and Colton, were Annie’s great-great-grandchildren. Lorilyn and Jim Perhay live in Eureka. Annie saved every one of Lori’s original greeting cards. Julie and Mark Young ranch in Augusta with their three children, Chase, Rhett and Britta. They made Grandma a loyal fan of the Augusta Elks. She loved to spend her weekends traveling to all their games.
Lyla was a teacher and raised her son, Greg in Livingston. She now lives in Billings. Greg and Lorin live in Virginia. Greg is a Commander in the U.S. Navy and has two sons, Connor and Brady.
Annie liked to keep track of all her Bergstrom, McLean, Murphy, Dyer and Thompson nieces and nephews.
Memorials can be made to the Brady Methodist Church, Brady Community Hall or charity of your choice.