Helping families celebrate a life lived.


Services & Obituaries

Wayne Edsall
March 22, 1929 ~
February 08, 2019
Date of Service: February 25, 2019

Eugene Thomas Brodeur
September 14, 1938 ~
January 13, 2019
Date of Service: March 01, 2019

Tim Stiller
February 18, 1960 ~
February 20, 2019

Grace Robinson
September 29, 1923 ~
February 19, 2019

William Bridger
September 6, 1934 ~
February 19, 2019

Ryan Naffziger
May 4, 1984 ~
February 16, 2019

Alice Sarrazin
September 26, 1922 ~
February 13, 2019

Anne Dykema
November 26, 1934 ~
February 09, 2019

William Johnson
March 10, 1928 ~
February 08, 2019


Margaret Gary

June 24, 1923 ~ October 04, 2018

Service: October 12, 2018 2:00 PM
   Location: Resurrection University Catholic Parish

Born and raised in Anaconda, Montana, Peggy Ruth was the fourth and youngest child of William Henry Casto and Marie (Marcille) Casto. Her sisters, Blanche Permoda, Jean Schoen, and brother, William (Bill) Casto, preceded her in death. Peg graduated from Anaconda High School, first attending college at the University of Montana. Upon her father’s death, she and her family moved to Ann Arbor Michigan. She worked as a secretary in a dentist’s office and studied at the University of Michigan.

In 1946, the humble, raven-haired beauty met a handsome, garrulous, skinny Navy veteran from Bozeman who was earning his law degree at the University of Michigan. They were introduced at church by another Montanan who had an inkling that Peg’s eventual husband, the late Joseph B. Gary, would take a fancy to her. He did, and it was mutual. Thus, began a great love and  family-raising expedition. Peg and Joe married in Ann Arbor on Sept 11, 1948, and remained married for 63 years, until his death. They moved to Bozeman in 1949, where he achieved    excellence in his career, eventually becoming District Court Judge. She achieved excellence in hers too, becoming an extraordinary mother of five, grandmother of 14, and a loving companion to Joe and to her many friends. A low-ball estimate is that she prepared somewhere around 60,000 meals in those 63 years, and never saw a stain she couldn’t get out.

Her children – Marie, Joan, Brian, Brett, and Mark – are quite sure they never once went to school in clothing that wasn’t ironed. They came home to delicious meals, beds with crisp clean sheets, and got to live in a house meant to be lived and played in. She showed her love in so many ways. Food was surely one of them. There is some family contestation over which food was her masterwork: her chicken soup, apple sauce, freshly baked bread, French onion soup, cinnamon rolls, and the crème de menthe and pumpkin pies that topped off her holiday dinners all vied for top spot. For the grandkids, no contest: Grammie’s chocolate chip cookies.

Peg was a devout Roman Catholic, so industriousness was a moral duty, and her trademark raised eyebrow let the transgressor know when she or he had crossed some well-understood line. But her Catholicism proved flexible, as she and Joe raised “spirited” kids known for occasional hijinks, who were easily forgiven. Along with her abundant maternal love, Peg had a quick wit, an easy laugh, and Joe loved her for her sense of humor as much as for her kindness and doting attention to family. We watched that good humor and love poured into her 14 grandchildren. Peg felt blessed to have them, and they felt the same about their Grammie. Ryan, Megan, Mollie, Shea, Will, Erin, Anna, Julia, Joey, Annabelle, Ruby, Rachel, Connor, and Laurel could each claim to be their Grammie’s favorite. Each was. Her daughters and son-in-law felt the same, and Lisa, Mark, Amy, and Diane have all been enveloped by Peg’s love. So have her great-grandchildren, Kayla, Avery, Matia, Dakota, and Gracie.

Peg was a community person too. She loved the company of her friends, and she and Joe had them in droves. Together with friends they puzzled over raising kids, devoted themselves to Bozeman, played bridge, golfed, danced and dined at Riverside, vacationed, and cheered for the Bobcats through thick and thin. Peg was a longtime member of Resurrection Parish and spent many years making lunches for college students on Friday afternoons. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels, at the Food Pantry, for the Bozeman Opera, and was a member of the mysterious women’s organization PEO.

Peg was unfailingly polite, loyal, gracious, immaculately turned out, and iron-willed. At the end of her life she could still rise to the occasion – dancing for hours at age 92 at her grandson’s wedding, and staying up until well past midnight this summer when we celebrated her 95     birthday. Lipstick in tow, hair done just so, white sweater and pants spotless, she was still a   beauty with an easy laugh, surrounded by her kids and nieces and nephews. But life at 95 was hard too, and when she expired on Thursday we were relieved to know that our dear mother and grandmother’s time had come, and her soul has taken flight into the great mystery beyond, in search of her dear Joseph. We are quite sure he’s been waiting for all these seven years. They had a great love.


[Printable Version]

Online Condolences for Margaret | Return to Obituaries

Pre-planning information
Family Feedback

"Thank you for all your help and support during the death of my mother.  I was very impressed with your staff throughout this difficult process.  With your help we were able to say good-bye to our mother in a very meaningful way.  Our loss is still so new, but our thanks to you for the care you showed."

~ Lisa F.
News & Events

Now More Options Than Ever

How a Funeral Director Helps People Navigate Death

Take ACTION to Resolve Difficult Losses

Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart

Click to Request Your Free Guidebook


© 2003-2019 Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service & Crematory. All rights reserved. 113 S. Willson Ave. | Bozeman, MT 59715 | 406.587.3184