COLUMBUS — Jean Wyoma Drain passed away at the age of 85 on Jan. 28, 2012, in Columbus after a brief illness.
Jean was born in Jackson Hole, Wyo., on May 11, 1926 to Keith and Blanche Culbertson. She grew up with her brother (Kayle) and sisters (Joan and Juana) on their homestead in the Hobach Area south of Jackson Hole. The family moved to Wyola, Mont., in the mid-1930s where they ranched on the Little Big Horn until 1940 when they moved to Columbus. They ranched south of Columbus in the Stillwater River Valley where the halfway house was their home. In June of 1945, Jean married Leo Drain and over the years they had three children. Jean worked in the Stillwater County Assessor's office for more than 30 years; first as Frank Carr's deputy assessor and, at the end of her career, as the elected county assessor.
Jean was a life-long member of the Congregational Church. She cherished her church and its members. Jean was an active member of Eastern Star. She had a quick wit and an intelligence that allowed her to be a great bridge and crossword puzzle player. In her younger years, Jean and Leo loved to cut a rug at 20/40 Club! She also was a wonderful cook and a willing participant in the activities of all her family members. Jean will be deeply missed by all who knew this wonderful lady.
Jean is survived by Leo and her three children, Alan (Amy) of Reed Point, Lynn (Mark) of Havre and Vance (Deb) of Salt Lake City; seven grandchildren, Bryan Drain (Greg) of San Diego, Brandi Maxwell (Keith) of Houston, Jessica Burch (Zane) of Bozeman, Jamie Trinier (Brent) of Calgary, Chris Ward (Julie) of Bozeman, Bethany Ward (Kevin)of Bozeman and Mary Martens (Dave) of Missoula; and six great-grandchildren, Will, Zach, Morgan and Samantha Maxwell of Houston; Lucy Ward of Bozeman and Leo Burch of Bozeman.
Services for Jean will be held at the Columbus Congregational Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, and lunch will follow.