April 10, 1929-April 24, 2018
Marijane Morin passed away two weeks after her 89th birthday on the evening of April 24, 2018 in her home surrounded by her loving family members. She was born in Miles City, Montana on April 10, 1929, where she was adopted by her mother for life, Kathleen Jaynes, and her then husband, Lester Jaynes. Kathleen and Lester were divorced shortly thereafter. Kathleen married James A. (Al) Livingston when Marijane was three years old, and he legally adopted Marijane. The Livingston family moved to Butte in 1932.
Marijane attended St Patrick’s Grade School for first and second grade until the family home moved to Edwards Street after which she continued at Whittier Grade School. She attended Butte High School where she was a twirler and “side guard” of the twirling corps for the well-known Scheissers. She graduated in the class of 1947. She attended the University of Montana where she was head majorette. It was marching up the field with the band when she was spotted by William (Bill) Morin from Missoula, Montana. He managed to meet her, and they began dating.
Although Marijane was not raised Catholic, she often remembered her time with the nuns at St Patrick’s Grade School and would ask her parents if she could become a Catholic. Her father told her she could when she was 18. So it was after meeting Bill, a devout Catholic that she took instructions from Father Bruce Plummer and was baptized. On Sept. 10, 1948, she and Bill were married in St. Anthony’s Church in Missoula by Fr. Plummer. They celebrated 62 years of marriage before Bill’s death in 2011. Fr. Plummer continued a special relationship with them and their family, and each summer included a family vacation at Fr. Plummer’s cabin at Flathead Lake.
Bill and Marijane moved to Butte in 1949 shortly before the birth of their oldest child and raised all of their five children in Butte. Marijane purchased a sewing machine, taught herself to sew and became a fabulous seamstress. For many years she made all the clothes for her girls. She herself was the height of fashion and always perfectly appointed. When her children entered Immaculate Conception Grade School, she began an alteration and sewing business in her home and used the income to pay tuition for her children to attend the “IC”.
During the early family years, a friend asked her to join the hospital auxiliary and in turn she took over the high school volunteer group, the Candy Stripers. In that role, she headed a candy cane drive each year as a Christmas fundraiser for them. With her fashion background and experience with a young women’s group, Frank Canny, manager of Hennessy’s Department store, asked her to form a “Junior Fashion Board” and produce style shows for the department store. She took to this job quickly, producing back-to-school style shows at Columbia Gardens and bridal shows, which were held most often at the Finlen Hotel. She became a permanent employee in the ladies “ready to wear” department, and made many close friends with her co-workers.
Estée Lauder Cosmetics came to Hennessy’s and hired her to head up their cosmetics line. When you entered the main door of Hennessy’s, she was at the very first counter. As such, she came to meet and know many customers. In 1980, Hennessy’s closed and she decided to open her own cosmetics and fragrance store. Colours & Scents opened in 1981 in the Park Street Mini Mall. Subsequently, the store moved to 21 N. Main Street where it remained until Marijane’s retirement at age 79 in 2008. She became one of many pioneering women in Butte by opening and running her own successful business. Her store was the cutting edge of skin care, cosmetics, fragrance and fashion. Marijane loved the challenge of finding unique products before they became fashionable. She brought an array of products to Butte found only in larger markets. During her time at Colours & Scents, she had many dedicated employees, many of whom were young women that she mentored and who became good friends. Her granddaughters have fond memories of spending time with her at the store after school getting makeovers and trying on the clothes and jewelry. She valued her customers dearly. To the end her customers continued to ask about her, which brought her great joy.
Another life adventure began for Marijane in her 60s after the death of her mother. In 1992, she discovered she had been adopted. She went in search of her roots long before the internet. Aided by personal contacts and the memory of several people in their mid-80s, she discovered the identity of her birth mother and father. In a blessing even beyond the knowledge of her parents, she found her half-brother and half-sister. Her brother, Gale Pikkula, and his family have been a part of our family over the past 25 years. After various twists and turns befitting a soap opera, Marijane met her birth mother, then in her 90s, twice before her death in 2001.
Marijane was most generous with people and opened herself up to people from all walks of life. These people helped enrich our family as we entertained a wide range of guests at family dinners, including Butte Copper Kings players, both hockey and baseball, as well as Montana Tech students from the Middle East. All of these friendships formed at Hennessy’s or Colours & Scents.
After retirement Marijane stayed very close to home. Bill, also retired, became her caregiver as her health declined. When he passed away, the family took up the charge and all played significant roles in keeping her in the family home. We are grateful to each other individually and as a team for allowing mom to stay in her home for the past seven years. We are grateful to Espie, her faithful caregiver; Sister Marie Michael, who brought her Holy Communion every Monday for several years; and Dottie Kukay, mom’s close friend who remained steadfast in visiting her often and to the end.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Al and Kathleen Livingston; husband, Bill Morin; and step-sister, Anne Swenson. She is survived by her children, Sheri (Joel) Broudy, Mark Morin, Suzanne (Dave) Peterson, Michael (Lorri) Morin and Melissa (Brian) McGregor; grandchildren, Jay (Laura) Broudy, Barbra (David Armour) Broudy, Sean (Naomi) Peterson, Kyle Peterson, Caitlin Kittner, Megan Coughlin, Brady Morin and Katie Morin; and great-grandchildren, Alex Burton, Nathaniel and Jacob Broudy, Ryan and Dominic Peterson and William and Maisie Armour. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Rita Carter; her brother, Gale (Rita) Pikkula, and their sons Brian (Amanda) Pikkula, and Brent (Andrea) Pikkula. Lastly, she was survived by her constant feline companions, Begara and Frankie.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St Ann’s Catholic Church with visitation starting at 10 a.m. There will be a luncheon after the funeral at the Parish Hall. Immediately following lunch, the cremains of Marijane and Bill will be interred in the Columbarium at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.