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Mabel 'Midge' Norville

June 29, 1935 ~ April 30, 2017

Service: May 21, 2017 1:00 PM
   Location: Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel

Mabel “Midge” Norville, 81, left us on April 30, 2017, with her family and friends by her side in Bozeman, Montana.

She was born on June 29, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois to William and Margaret Rollins. 

Midge grew up in a rural Illinois farming area, then went on to study music with a scholarship at Northwestern University in Chicago.  She finished her education in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a Cum Laude recipient with degrees in Music and English.  In college, she performed as a concert pianist.  She met and married Robert Holmes Conkling at the university and they were married in 1956.  A Petroleum Engineer, Bob and Midge lived in the “Oil Patch” in Colorado and Wyoming.  Midge had three daughters and a son in the next ten years. 

While raising her four children as a single parent, she owned and operated two Swiss Colony stores for two decades, and then a real estate development company in Denver, Colorado.  Her greatest joy, however, was her passion for the piano in accompanying vocalists.  She was an accomplished pianist who could “sight” read almost any musical score placed in front of her.  With her own improvisations, she often made the music come alive, even if she had never heard the song before.  She directed several church choirs during her life, and played for musical theatre groups in Central City, Colorado where she lived for many years before moving to Bozeman in 2012.  She continued sharing her musical talent in Bozeman where she played for and sang for several groups including the “Singing Souls” at the Senior Center and accompanied church services at the Bozeman Lodge on Sundays. Family and friend get togethers always included gathering around the piano, voices raised in song, laughter and joy.

Midge had many other talents.  She was a loving mom, a cherished grandma, a steadfast friend, a kind caring listener, a wise advisor, a voracious reader, and a crossword puzzle maniac.

For friends and family alike she will be remembered most for harmonizing the human voice with the magic of a piano.  We know that she is joyfully playing a perfectly tuned grand piano and singing with the angels.

Midge is survived by her four children, Catherine “Cathi” Simonson, Lynne Conkling Benton, Margaret “Meg” Fever, and Mark Rollins; nephew, Laird O’Rollins; grandchildren, Shane and Katie Riley, Jeffrey, Katelyn, Kelsey, and Steven Olsen, Madison Feaver, and Autumn, Khaila, Brianna, and Austin Rollins; and great-grandchildren, Jordan, Katelynna, and Leonora.  

We will be celebrating Midge’s life at 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, followed by a gathering at Lindley Park from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M.

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