Obituary: Terry Alma Katen Burgess

August 18, 1947 ~ November 3, 2020 (age 73)
Posted at 11:04 AM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 13:04:48-05

Terry Alma Katen Burgess, age 73, passed away peacefully while sleeping November 3, 2020 at Benefis Peace Hospice due to Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born August 18, 1947 in Los Angeles, CA to Ret. Col Arthur Conrad Katen and Clara Louise (Lake) Katen. She moved to Belt, MT and married her friend and love, John Giles Burgess on July 1, 1966, who preceded her in death on February 19, 2015. They met onboard Marine Corps Base, Twenty-nine Palms, CA, where John was an MP and first met her after pulling her over.

Terry was a dedicated mother who treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Nana. She always had a flair for cooking and baking, she purchased and ran Belt’s Country Grill Café for a number of years. She was a strong independent woman, who not only managed the business, but also worked long hours cooking, waitressing, and baking the best homemade pies and cinnamon rolls to provide for her family. After selling the café, Terry took her cooking to the Belt Senior Center, where she cooked for a number of years, before she decided to relax and enjoy retirement with her husband.

She was a selfless woman, always tending to her husband’s and children’s needs, always with a beam of pride when with her family. During the summer, she would make homemade potato salad and fried chicken before we went camping so that she could relax, read and take a nap while the family was riding motorcycles.

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