Nettie Marietta Hibbard Michaud, 99, who worked with her husband on a ranch and was a custodian at Morin School, died May 8, 2013, in Puyallup, Wash.
She was born May 13, 1913, in Spearfish, S.D., the daughter of Newell and Edna Dority Hibbard.
Her grandparents were pioneers of Deadwood, S.D., coming there with the gold rush in 1877.
She was educated at Pringle, S.D., and Ravenna, Neb., and graduated from high school at St. Martin’s Academy at Sturgis, S.D. She married Ira Michaud in September 1933 in Custer, S.D.
They lived at the Michaud homestead in Pleasant Valley, west of Custer, and they followed construction jobs in the Black Hills and onto the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations.
In 1942 they moved to a small ranch on Pryor Creek, south of Billings, where she made preserves and pies and cooked for haying and threshing crews. She also worked for many years as a custodian at Morin School.
She and her husband gathered family histories for the “Trails and Tales, South of the Yellowstone” book.
Mr. Michaud died in November 1992. She lived for a time with daughters on Blue Creek and in Puyallup, Wash.
She had received assistance from Central Pierce Fire & Rescue in Tacoma, Wash.
Survivors include a brother, Bill Hibbard of Sundance, Wyo.; daughters, Monica Weldon of Blue Creek, Ramona Michaud of Tacoma, Wash., and Renee Michaud of Puyallup, Wash.; a son, Frank Michaud of Pryor Creek; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Burial of ashes will be in Rockvale Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Franciscan Hospice, Box 1502 Tacoma, WA 98401.