The Billings Outpost

Rosemary McCracken

Rosemary McCracken, 90, who ran Rosemary’s Beauty Salon in Billings, died at her home on Jan. 2, 2013.

She was born in Pompeys Pillar on Sept. 27, 1922, to Stephan and Magdalena (Heilman) Nickel. When she was 6, the family moved to Billings. She worked at Billings and Rex Laundry, and at the St. Vincent Hospital kitchen.

She was a hairdresser for 30 years, working at Anderson’s beauty shop and Hollywood College. She had her own shop, Rosemary’s Beauty Salon, for 19 years and also taught at beauty schools in the 1980s and ’90s.

She married George Edward McCracken on Sept. 27, 1941, at the courthouse in Billings.

She was a volunteer at Southside Senior Citizens Center and Little Flower Church, a member of Catholic Daughters and in retirement also did hair at local mortuaries.

She had received care from RiverStone Hospice.

Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Stang of Billings; and a brother, Frank Nickel of Oregon.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Dahl Funeral Chapel with a reception to follow. Burial of ashes will follow at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be given to Southside Senior Center, 901 S. 30th St., Billings, MT 59101.

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