HARLOWTON — Jane L. Glennie, 84, of Harlowton, died in her daughter Janie’s arms and in the presence of her grandson Jason at sundown on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. Jane Law was born during a snow storm in Lewistown, on April 26, 1934, the youngest of three girls born to Jim and Helen (Baxter) Law.
All Jane ever wanted to be was a cowboy. She spent most of her time growing up on the Baxter Ranch. Her uncle Bob Baxter was her mentor. She was really handy with a fly rod and became a crack shot. She went to Harlowton High School and was the youngest Junior Rifleman instructor in the nation. Jane claimed that she was never in trouble and received good grades! This may be in some dispute. Jane attended college at the University of Montana in Missoula and graduated with a degree in Education. A lifetime of winning all the Bobcat-Grizzly football bets caused some first-class hissy fits from the rest of her family since they were all Bobcats! Maybe that’s why she was the brains of the outfit! Jane was captivated by horses at a young age by a big black horse named Star. Then she was given a mare named Flicka that Gib McFarland raised. Flicka was a Steel Dust-bred horse, and that started a lifetime of roping and riding. She won an All-Around Cowboy buckle, a very prized possession! She also won the 1966 Montana Rodeo Association Champion Barrel Racer on a little bay gelding named Chester that Jane bought from John Harstad.
One night in the Two Dot Bar she got engaged to George Glennie, and they were married on Nov. 29, 1958 on the Baxter Ranch. Jane and George were both very active in the day-to-day ranching activities. At the time everything was fed with a team and wagon. They raised their daughter Janie along with top notch Hereford cattle. The Glennie Ranch continues to be known for the quality of its cattle, although they turned black in the 1990’s, and its outstanding horse herd. George passed away in 1980, and Jane continued to run the daily ranching operations. Ranching became increasingly complex, but Jane ran a darn shipshape outfit and was attentive to every detail.
One of the highlights of Jane’s life was being featured in a 1982 front page article of the Wall Street Journal. In a portrait of a tough and savvy ranch woman succeeding in a man’s world, Jane is quoted as saying”…You can spend all day cleaning to make your house look slick. Then you turn around and it’s a mess again. But get yourself some barbwire and steel posts and build a good fence and you can admire that for 20 years…”
In addition to running the ranch, Jane was a director on the Board of the Continental National Bank in Harlowton from 1980 until it merged with Citizen’s Bank in 2008. Jane was recognized as the Montana Hereford Woman of the Year in 1987, the Wheatland County Stockgrowers Stockman of the Year in 1997, she received the Montana Hall and Wall of Fame Cowboy and Cowgirl Heritage Award in 2016, the Northern Livestock Video Auction Pioneer Rancher of the Year in 2012, and the Wheatland County Friends of the Fair Award in 2016. Jane was one of the selected Drovers on the 1989 Montana Centennial Cattle Drive. Jane was a Kappa Alpha Theta and a lifelong member of the Republican Party. Jane was an enthusiastic supporter of the Harlowton Engineers and the broader community. She played an important role in establishing the Two Dot Community Center and Firehall and she served on the Two Dot school board.
Jane never missed anything that her daughter Janie or her grandson Jason participated in. She logged endless miles to attend basketball and football games, track meets, Range Days, ropings and rodeos. She was a supporter of 4H and worked behind the scenes to ensure that kids were well mounted in Wheatland County and beyond. Jane had a particular soft spot for little girls that lived in town that wanted a horse…
Strong in her opinions, Jane never lost an argument – even when she was wrong! But Jane enjoyed a good laugh, and could tell epic tales of ranch mishaps and misdeeds that left everyone rolling in the aisles. And as long as no one was hurt, she really loved watching a good ranch wreck unfold! Her handshake was an ironclad guarantee, and a more loyal friend never existed.
Jane is survived by her daughter Janie Carlson, grandson Jason Carlson, nephews Bob Russell, James Mollander, George Mollander and niece Carol Mollander.
In addition to her husband Jane was preceded in death by her parents Helen and Jim Law, her sisters Mary Fran Mollander (Denny) and Helen (Doodie) Russell (Spen).
Jane was grateful for the kind and attentive care she received from the doctors, nurses and staff of the Wheatland Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home during the last few years. In particular, she would like to acknowledge the affectionate care she had from Wendy, Cindy, Atha, Lorna and Janell. She loved playing Bingo with the other residents. Very special care taker Kathy Miller and her dog Roper… I can’t describe the feelings Jane had for your companionship. Thank you so very much.
Jane’s favorite things were really good cattle, top-notch cow horses, her dogs and cats – especially Cairn Terrier Oscar- her swather, her four-wheel drive, rain, brook trout, her .30-.30, calf fries, her daughter Janie and her grandson Critter!
Funeral Services for Jane L. Glennie will be Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Glennie Ranch at Two Dot. Committal will be Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Harlowton Cemetery. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Friends are asked to make memorial to the Two Dot Community Club, Wheatland County Senior Van or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313 Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com