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Jean Seader

Jean Seader, 94, who worked in banking for 36 years, died Aug. 16, 2011.

She was born May 28, 1917, in New York City, the daughter of Augusta and Morton Baehr, and grew up in the Bronx with two brothers, Harold and George. She learned to play piano and was lead singer for her father’s dance band in the ballrooms of New York.

In 1938 she married Leslie Holmes and moved to the Holmes family ranch on Tullock Creek southeast of Hardin. In 1945, they moved to Hardin and opened Holmes Plumbing & Heating. She maintained the shop while tending to three small daughters.

In 1953, she began life as a single parent. She worked several jobs before beginning a career First Interstate Bank of Hardin, starting as a bookkeeper and finishing as assistant vice president of operations in 1989.

In 1959 she married Roy Seader. He died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1983.

Mrs. Seader was active at First Congregational Church in Hardin where she served as financial secretary, volunteered her musical talents and served with the ladies circle.

She was involved in Rainbow for Girls and the Order of the Eastern Star, and was a certified tax preparer for the less fortunate. She became a senior volunteer at St. Vincent Healthcare for 16 years. She was honored as a Senior of the Year 1997 at the Montana Governor’s Conference on Aging for her volunteer service.

Survivors include three daughters, Terri Gambill, Bobbie Tryan and Sandy Bernhagen; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary.

Memorials may be made to the Big Horn Council on Aging – Senior Citizens Center Hardin, Big Horn County Historical Museum or Rocky Mountain Hospice of Billings.

 

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