On March 11, 2013, Mary Rose Kasten Haughian died peacefully at Holy Rosary Extended Care.
She was born on June 26, 1925, to Richard and Mary Ellen (Dwyer) Kasten in the upstairs of Mrs. Ryan’s dress shop in Ismay, Mont. Bob Askin and Patty Ryan said she was the prettiest baby ever born in Ismay. Her brother Joe was born 3 years later. They lived in a couple places near Mildred, but Mary’s fondest memories were at their place just north of Mildred across the O’Fallon Creek. They had to use a cable car to cross the creek.
In 1935 they moved to a farm outside Miles City. Mary attended Kircher and Sacred Heart schools and graduated from Custer County High School in 1943. After a year’s training at the junior college, she taught at the Hartwick School near Crow Rock; while teaching there, she met and married Daniel Haughian and they moved to Saugus where she lived the rest of her life. Again, she found herself on the other side of the river and the family depended ona cable care to cross to get to town.
Mary stayed very busy, raising nine children, cooking for big crews of men, gardening and canning, drawing and painting, playing the piano, writing and compiling local history books. She wrote several books including “Mildred Memories,” “Ismay: Little Chicago,” “Home on the Range,” cookbook, “On the Banks of the Yellowstone,” as well as coauthored “Wheels Across Montana’s Prairie,” “Wheels Keep Rolling Across Montana’s Prairie,” “The War Years,” “Terry Does Exist,” “They Came to Montana,” with family and Terry community members. Mary was an avid letter-writer; the post office in Terry can attest to that!
She was an active member of many local organizations, but was most dedicated to the Prairie County Museum; she was an original board member and had just retired due to health issues.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Joe, husband Dan, and son-in-law Doug Stanley. She is survived by her children, Cecelia Stanley and children Simon, and Kate (Tristan) Kale; Susan (Russ) Waples; Theresa (Gene) Deuchar and children Jenna (Shad) Finn, Dixon, Megan (Zeb) Hoffman; Donna (Paul) Faber and children Danielle (Patrick) Sullivan, Marie (Kevin) Layton, Michael Rivard, Lindsay (Ben) Bryan; Quinn (Penny) Haughian and children Chase and Lacey: Nora Haughian; Jodette (Bill) Huckins and Coaly (Sherry); Terry (Janet) and children Kelsey, Alec, Evan; Pat (Shelia) and children Rory and Brennan; sisters-in-law, Donna Kasten and Betty Haughian. She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City, followed by a vigil service at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Miles City. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Prairie County Museum in Terry or the Range Riders Museum in Miles City.
Published March 13, 2013