(Margaret) Mary Michelotti Blount, 83, died at home on Aug. 18, 2012, after suffering a massive stroke on Sunday.
She was born in Hancock, Mich., on Aug. 31, 1928, to Iacopo and Mary Michelotti. When she was 5, the family moved to Great Falls so that her father could join a brother in operating the Lido Restaurant and Bar.
After her mother died when she was 8, she spent the afternoon school hours with Aunt Enrichetta Benedetti in Black Eagle. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1947.
She married Harry Blount (who died in 1998) in 1953 at Malmstrom Air Force Base. His Air Force career meant that they were transferred to Molesworth, England, the following year.
Mrs. Blount returned to Great Falls in 1957. She and three children later joined Mr. Blount when he was transferred from England to Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
Her youngest son, Chris, was born in 1961 in Stillwater, Okla., after the family did a stint at Mitchell Air Force Base in New York. The family then moved to Langley Air Force Base in Virginia prior to being transferred to Anderson Air Force Base in Guam, where Mrs. Blount served as social chairman and president of the Officers Wives Club.
When Mr. Blount retired from the Air Force in 1966, the family moved to Great Falls. She had worked with the Great Falls College Guild and in clothing and jewelry stores. She was an active member of Catholic Daughters including serving as regent at the local and state level.
She moved to Billings in 2003 to live with her youngest son, Chris. For the last eight years, she had battled an autoimmune platelet disorder known as Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura.
Survivors include four children, Michael and Richard of Great Falls, Tracy of Annandale, Va., and Chris of Billings; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Vigil services were Aug. 21 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary and Crematory. Services were Aug. 22 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, with a graveside service at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Great Falls.
Donations may be made to Platelet Disorder Support Association at www.pdsa.org/.