Marian Ruth West, 102, of Billings, Mont., moved peacefully to heaven on Oct. 17.

She was born July 21, 1920, to Cy and Vada Williams. She was the second youngest of two brothers and one sister.

She grew up with her family on a farm, but her father was often absent as he played baseball for the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies. Marian always loved the fame of her dad.

Marian graduated from Three Lakes High School.

She met her husband dealing cards at the Showboat. He lost money but gained a wife.

She loved cards her whole life and was a good player. When she counted for her teacher in first grade it was 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King.

Marian married Cliff West on May 22, 1943, and spent the majority of their married life on Cy Williams Road and Range Line Lake in Three Lakes, Wis.

God blessed their life with Linda, Susie, and Dale.

Marian passed on her love of birds thru 4-H with many kids including her own. Marian was an active member of the Three Lakes Congregational Church.

Marian was quite the entrepreneur. With the help of her carpenter husband, she created the Redwood House gift shop and loved all the patrons who soon became return customers to shop and to visit. She also had a Christmas wreath business, sold teddy bears and hand painted Christmas ornaments.

There is comfort in knowing she has now been reunited with her daughter, Susie Evensen; son-in-law, Cork Evensen; and her grandson, Ryan Evensen.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Beach and husband, Allan; her son, Dale West and wife, Dawn; six grandchildren, Andy Beach, Tara Evensen, Julie Millage, Ivan West, Katie Cowan, and Elaine Myers; as well as 11 great-grandchildren.

Marian enjoyed playing cards, puzzles, reading, and riding horses in her younger years. She used her creative talents to make baby quilts for LaVie, teddy bears, cross-stitch pictures, or painting.

In 2007 Cliff and Marian moved to Billings to share a household with their daughter, Linda, and son-in-law, Allan. She was so content knowing she had great support and companionship in her later years.

A Celebration of Life will be held next summer in Three Lakes.