IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Each month we feature an extraordinary member of our senior community.
Everyone has a story!
Meet Evan Powell!
Born in Zafra, OK, Evan and his family moved to Cortez, CO, when Evan was 5 years old. After he graduated from high school, Evan joined the Army, and was stationed in Germany until the end of his tour.
Most of Evan’s career was dedicated to the welding supplies industry, and after working in 4 different states, he finally retired in Oregon in 2019, before he and his wife Myrt decided to move to Montana to be closer to their daughter and her family.
Sadly, Myrt passed away in 2021 so Evan is keeping himself busy with indoor gardening: his living room has been transformed into a nursery, with grow lights and colorful containers. Evan attributes his green thumb to his mother and the garden that he helped her tend in Cortez. Today his grandson Josh helps him grow bonsai trees.
Evan is the proud father of six children. He’s also grandfather three times, and great-grandfather three times!
Photo Credit: Ron Palmares
Evan Powell - Resident of the Senior Center since 2020.
Photo Credit: Ron Palmares
Bonnie Pinkerton - Resident of the Senior Center since 2016.
Meet Bonnie Pinkerton!
Born almost 98 years ago in Long Beach, California, Bonnie moved to Montana when she was only 10 months old. She grew up on the family cattle ranch while attending school in Clyde Park and Wilsall. When she was 16, Bonnie met a 21-year old cowboy who rode up on his horse when she and her parents were checking on cattle. The rest is history: six years later Bonnie and Jim were married.
In 1952 they acquired a cattle ranch of their own just outside of Wilsall where they raised Black Angus. Bonnie had to help Jim with calving more than once! They raised three children and today their son Lee runs the ranch. Bonnie lived in Chandler, Arizona, for 38 winters, before moving back to Montana to be close to her children.
Bonnie Pinkerton: a ranch girl through and through!
Meet Ann Howe!
You probably have seen Ann walking all over Livingston, literally for miles, usually wearing a pretty hat framing her beautiful face.
Born in 1923 in Columbus, Ohio, Ann missed being the New Year’s Baby by 30 minutes! Her mom was a teacher and her dad - Sanders Frye, an engineer - was the inventor of the Automatic Pinspotter still used in bowling alleys.
Ann graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Home Economics. After graduation she worked as a dietician at Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH, until 1946 when she married Chuck Howe Jr., a West Point graduate. Chuck retired from the military around 1980 and sadly passed away in 1985.
Ann has 3 sons - Charles III, Wayne, and Dale - four grandchildren, and one great grandson. During Chuck’s Air Force career, the family was stationed in Germany and toured almost every European country, plus Turkey and Egypt.
Ann has always been active in helping others in her community, including Head Start, the National League of Women Voters, and the library. At 98, Ann is a gem.
Photo Credit: Ron Palmares
Ann Howe - Resident of the Senior Center since 2004.
Julie Duffner, resident of the Senior Center
Meet Julie Duffner!
Superb piano virtuoso, Julie entertains us almost daily with her beautiful music! She also plays every Sunday at Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Born and raised in Columbus, Montana, Julie started piano lessons at the age of 5, and by the age of 6 she already had her very own instrument: a Baldwin Acrosonic. After high school, Julie attended Eastern Montana College (MSU Billings) on a music scholarship.
At the age of 28, Julie was the victim of a car accident and had to relearn to play the piano. In fact, she always says that the piano was her therapy. Julie has one daughter – Jennifer - and two adorable grandsons.
Meet Robert Dyer!
Besides being an accomplished musician and a powerful barytone, Robert is always willing to volunteer his time, from helping at the Foot Clinic, to organizing card games, to folding our newsletter (thank you!) - he does it all!
When he’s not volunteering, Robert is playing the piano or the accordion in our main hall. And there’s more: Robert served as Governor of the Loyal Order Moose, and Financial Secretary for the Knights of Columbus. If you see him in town carrying his accordion, ask him to play something for you!
Robert Dyer, resident of the Senior Center since 2017.
Ken Spalding, resident of the Senior Center since 2017.
Meet Ken Spalding!
A veteran from World War II, Ken has been living at the Senior Center for a little over four years. In his junior year in 1942, when Ken played quarterback for Park High, the team beat Bozeman 12-6 and 31-12. It was a memorable season for PHS! The following year Ken joined the Marine Corps. After the war, he was recruited as basketball coach for St. Mary’s, and in 1947 he took the job of mail carrier until he retired 25 years later. But Ken was far from being done: in 1974 he was elected county commissioner and served two terms, until 1986!
Ken always has the most colorful stories to tell. If you see him in town, make sure to thank him for his service!
Meet Dean Nelson!
Meet Dean Nelson! Dean (Elvira) has been living at the Senior Center for almost five years, and she keeps herself very busy! Not only is she the organizer for pinochle three nights a week but she also volunteers at the Foot Clinic every other week. Recently she's been elected by the residents to form- with two other ladies - the Resident Committee of Park County Senior Center. When she’s not volunteering, Dean is always happy to help fellow residents when her smile and her cheerfulness are needed. If you see her in town, make sure to say Hello!