Her funeral is scheduled for Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. with a service at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Conrad to celebrate the delight she brought to earth. Pondera Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
She began school in Geyser, later moving to Great Falls with her parents and siblings when she was six years old. Patsy lived a long and illustrious life as a daughter, sister, wife, mother and community builder. She was an avid and accomplished artist, golfer, skier, horsewoman and bridge player. Her life was devoted to her family and extended family of friends and neighbors, and to her husband and his veterinary and ranching businesses.
Patsy passed away at home in the arms of her family on Oct. 26, having lived life fully for 85 years. Never did a day pass where she did not think of and pray for her family, attending to their needs, instilling them with joy and supporting their every endeavor; encouraging their every dream.
Patsy married the Rapelje cowboy Raymond Walter “Rib” Gustafson in Great Falls on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 1953. She moved to Conrad after their skiing honeymoon in Alta, Utah and lived the Montana rancher/veterinary family life. Every Thanksgiving, Rib and Pat celebrated their anniversary with large gatherings of family. Thanksgivings will be different from now on, without Patsy’s cooking, laughter and love.
Pat is survived by her husband of six decades, Rib. In her final months, her children and husband attended to her needs as she had always lovingly attended to theirs, escorting her out of this world and into another even more majestic world, a world she prepared for with her priests and fellow parishioners at St. Michael’s Parish, where she was a mainstay of community faith and benevolence.
Her children and grandchildren all live in Montana. They are: her youngest son, Wylie and his wife Amber; Barr and his wife Colleen and grandchildren Greta and Owen; Erik and his wife Loyanne and grandchildren Ben, Erika and Sinda; Kristen and her husband John Juras and grandchildren Mark, Luke and Evan; and her oldest son Sidney and grandchildren Connor and Nina. Her oldest sister Fay Taylor of Shelby, survives her as well.
Patsy was preceded in death by her brother, William Wylie Galt, posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor after being killed in action in WWII; her sisters Gwendolyn Rispaud and Sister Mary Eleanor (Edna Ann); her brother Senator Jack Galt; her parents Errol and Florence Galt of Great Falls; and several special nieces and nephews. Patsy was their youngest and prettiest child.
Family request memorials given to Pondera Medical Center Bridge Fund or Conrad Library Foundation.