Maud Mitchell (Ostler) Guenzi was born April 9, 1921, in Woods Cross, Utah, to Hubert B. Mitchell and Sarah L. Mitchell, the fourth of 10 children. Maud married David C. Ostler on June 10, 1942, and had five children. They moved to Billings in 1946 and established Electronic Supply Company. On Feb. 3, 1977, she married Richard E. Guenzi. She considered Dick her "reward for a lifetime of challenges." They resided in Glendive, spending their summers fishing at Fort Peck Reservoir and snowmobiling in the winter. When Dick died, she returned to Billings to be close to her family.
Maud was active in the LDS Church and in the business community. Her passions included helping struggling youth and always putting her loved ones first in her life. As an avid reader, she enjoyed history and encouraged her children in their educations. She loved to sing, often changing the words of songs to fit her moods, and wrote poetry. When asked her age, she always replied that she was "21 and holding." Known by her grandchildren as Grandma Red, she frequently would state, "There's a right way, a wrong way, and the damn Mitchell way."
On Feb. 20, 2007, she passed away in Billings.
She is survived by her five children, 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. We love you and will miss you.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the LDS Church on Sixth Street West and Avenue D in Billings. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be given to the Richard E. Guenzi Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Dawson Community College Foundation in Glendive.
Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements.
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