Obituary: Mary Ellen (Kittams) Tynes

Mary Ellen (Kittams) Tynes was born on October 2, 1926, in the old Columbus Hospital in Great Falls.
Posted at 9:43 AM, Jul 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-30 11:44:14-04

Mary Ellen (Kittams) Tynes, age 95, died peacefully at home on Sunday afternoon, July 17, 2022, after a recent diagnosis of acute leukemia. Mary was born on October 2, 1926, in the old Columbus Hospital in Great Falls.

After high school, Mary attended stenographer school in Ohio to help with the late war efforts. In 1946, she married her high school sweetheart, Arthur, after he returned from WWII service with the Navy. Soon thereafter, their first stop on their lives’ venture was a move to Bozeman, where Art pursued a bachelor’s degree, while Mary did secretarial work for a lawyer. After Art obtained his degree, they moved to Eugene, Oregon.

During Art’s collegiate years, Mary gave birth to five children over the span of 12 years. Mary was a homemaker, raised five children, and was active as a Girl Scout leader, later going back to work for the Civil Service as a secretary.

The last stop for Mary and Art involved retiring in 1990 and moving ‘back home” to Great Falls, where they built a home overlooking the city lights and thoroughly enjoyed retired life. Mary is survived by her five children, Richard Tynes (Tucson, AZ), Cathlyn Dutzer (Great Falls), Julianne Holiday (Helena, MT), Ronald Tynes (Philippines), and Randall Tynes (Red Bank, NJ); and many other family members and loved ones. To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the Schnider Funeral Home website.