Feb. 26, 1932-Oct. 2, 2017
Born to Isabelle and Goldie Bruce Thompson in Lima, Montana on Feb. 26, 1932, Mert was educated in Lima, Anaconda Junior High and graduated from eighth grade in the one-room school house at Gregson. She attended Butte High and Anaconda High School. Her family came to Anaconda when her dad went to work for the Intermountain Transportation Co. Through the years, Mert worked for F.W. Woolworths, Schwartz Dept. Store, owned and operated “Mert’s Slimette,” and operated the Copper Bowl Drive-In.
Mert married Chuck Brugman Oct. 11, 1949. They had two sons, Darrell (Laurie) and Duane (Maryanne), five grandchildren, Leanne (Tyler) Bentley, Keith (Debbie) Brugman, Amanda (Shawn) Nye, Amy (Dan) Boawn and Chad (Jennifer) Brugman, as well as 14 great grandchildren.
Chuck and Mert both retired in 1982. They traveled for two years and then they went to work at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel for 10 years. While working in the park, Mert was supervisor of the Lake Hotel maintenance warehouse. Mert loved to travel with Chuck in their motorhome. They were in 45 states. Mert enjoyed bowling and golfing. She was a member of the Anaconda Country Club, a longtime member of Pythian Sisters as well as the Anaconda B.P.O. Does and the Turtles Club.
Mert was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck, her parents, and her brother, Bruce.
Services will be held at the Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral Home on October 12, 2017 at 11 a.m. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Anaconda Pintler Hospice, 118 E. 7th St., Ste 1A, Anaconda, Montana 59711 or St. Peter’s Restoration Fund, 217 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Anaconda, Montana 59711.
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Myrtle’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.