Sept. 24, 1929-Nov. 1, 2017
Our loving mother Mary Jean Flanick Pelletier passed away on November 1, 2017, surrounded by the warmth and comfort of her family.
Mary Jean was born September 24, 1929, to Matthew and Mary (Ferriter) Flanick. She was born and raised in Butte, MT. with her two sisters JuleAnn Winston, Barbara Holter and brother Matt Flanick. She always loved and adored her family and stayed close to them all her life.
Mary Jean attended St. Ann’s Grade School and Girls Central High School and graduated in 1948. She was very proud of her high school experience and remained a faithful friend to all her classmates throughout her life.
She met the love of her life Joseph (Spike) Pelletier while attending high school. Mary Jean was crowned the gridiron queen in 1947 and Spike made the presentation and this is where the love story began. They were married in April 1950 and as their love and happiness unfolded they brought their seven children into the world, Joseph, Thomas, Sheila, Kevin, Matthew, Mary, and Pam. She was most proud of all her children.
Throughout her life Mary Jean’s character was bigger than life. She was a friend to all and never met a stranger. Our mom was a caregiver, she always reached out to those less fortunate and those in need. She had a heart of gold. Her wit and sense of humor touched many lives. Even through her recent struggles and declining health she brought joy and laughter to all those who surrounded her.
Mary Jean was preceded in death by her faithful husband Spike and her parents, her sister Barbara Holter, and brother Matt Flanick. Many of mom’s relatives on the Flanick and Ferriter side preceded her in death including Sister Virginia Flanick, Sister Agnes Celine Dooley, John & Lucile Ferriter, and Martin and Mary Ferriter. Her in-laws Harvey and Annie Pelletier, Paul and Louise Pelletier, Blanche and Bud Erickson, Myra Pelletier and Jeanette and Ryan Trythall.
She is survived by her loving children, Joseph, Tom, Sheila (Ross) Richardson, Kevin (Joni) Pelletier, Matthew (Rose) Pelletier, Mary (David) Amaral, and Pam Pelletier. Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren Jenna (Asa) Pruit-Amira, Asher, Ayla, Shane Pelletier, Meghan (Frank) Little-Frankie, Rylie, Rykker, Ross (Raenelle) Richardson-Grace, Sarah, Ryan (Tori) Richardson- Grier, Mazzie, Mandi and Mariah Richardson, Tara Pelletier-Trey, Jaeger, Jersi, Brady Pelletier, Amber (John) Pierce- Rheanna, Brayden, Brody, Ashley (Nick) Neighbor-Mattison, Maverick, Matthew Pelletier, Mary (David) Amaral-Christina (Bobby) Walsh-Bella, Michelle (Ronnie) Mejia, Joshua, Joe, Mary Ann, Danielle, Julia, Courtney, Cole, Cein, Camry Cunningham. Sister JuleAnn (Jim) Winston, Sister In-Law Peggy Flanick, brother in-laws Ray Pelletier, Tom Holter, and her East coast kids Muriel and Kathy Ortiz-Elliget and family.
Our loving mother will be most remembered for some of her following qualities, her ability to bring all of our family together where we enjoyed her delicious meals, laughter, and love. She had a long list of friendships she enjoyed all her life. She actively participated in two clubs for over sixty years-she loved her club ladies. Her commitment to her catholic faith dominated her life and she was a lifelong member of her parish and active in the Daughters of Isabella. Of note was her knowledge of Butte family history with her sharp mind and quit wit of heritage. Her most outstanding quality was being a mother and no one could have been a better mother or loved more.
Our family is so proud of our mother who loved life and lived it to the fullest. She taught us how to love with all of our hearts, find the humor in each of life’s lessons, always be humble, and to never judge another. She has taught us the importance of family and always being there for each other. Her beauty and grace have shined throughout our lives. Her stories, humor, and love will never be forgotten. She has taught us the importance of faith. She will continue to live within our hearts. Her stories and her life will be shared by us all as she has left us with an everlasting and unforgettable mark.
Memorials may be made to the Our Lady of The Rockies or a memorial of your choice.
Friends are asked to call at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church on Monday evening, November 6th beginning at 5 P.M. Vigil for Mary will be at 6 P.M. The funeral Mass will be on Tuesday at 11 A.M. in Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.