KALISPELL — Funeral services for Ada Nash will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12. Father Patrick Zabrocki will celebrate the funeral liturgy at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Plentywood; interment will be in Redstone Cemetery. A vigil rite will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Fulkerson’s in Plentywood. Ada and her late husband, Willard, were longtime residents of the Redstone community; she died Thursday, April 3, in Kalispell at age 88.
Ada, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Golterman, was born in Plentywood on July 15, 1925. She attended grade school at the Nelson and Mann schools and graduated from Plentywood High School in 1943. She worked as the ASCS office and for the county agent until she married Willard Nash on Nov. 16, 1943.
They lived and farmed in the Redstone community, and with Willard’s brother Orvill and his wife, Josie, formed “Nash Brothers” — a partnership that started with farming, and eventually expanded to a repair shop, service and fuel station, implement dealership and ranching operation widely known throughout northeastern Montana. Ada never lost her love of horses, and as a 4-H leader for 30 years, she concentrated on livestock. Under her leadership, Sheridan County was one of three pilot counties in the 4-H Horse project. She helped to organize the Redstone Homemakers Club, served as grand regent of the Catholic Daughters, was president of the Sheridan County Republican Women, was county chair and state co-chair for the re-election of president Nixon, and was state president of the Republican Women.
When their ranch home burned in the fall of 1968, Ada and Willard built a new home in Redstone where they lived until retirement in 1979. They spent winters in Sedona, Ariz., and summers in Montana, both in Redstone and Bigfork. Since Willard’s death on Oct. 25, 1999, Ada has lived in Arizona, Bigfork and Kalispell.
Ada is survived by two sisters, Anna Dwyer of Bigfork, and Marietta Reise and her husband, Bob, of Lansing, Kan.; as well as by a brother, Paul Golterman, and his wife, Barbara, of Plentywood; and by nieces and nephews.
Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood has charge of arrangements: Post remembrances, send cards and flowers online at www.fulkersonsplentywood.com.