On Monday, December 18, 2023, lifelong Livingston resident Susan B. Bragg peacefully joined those who had gone before her in heaven. At the time of her passing she was a resident at Highgate Memory Care Center in Bozeman, after a long battle with dementia.
Susan was born in Livingston on May 5, 1942, in Livingston, the daughter of John D. (Jack) and Roberta C. (Bobby) Davis. She was also welcomed by her older sister, Janice. Sadly, Janice passed away when Susan was 7 years old. In April 1950, Susan’s brother, Tom, was born. Susan attended schools in Livingston and graduated from Park County High School in 1960. She was active in many high school organizations and in her younger years she participated in various clubs including Girl Scouts and Rainbow Girls. She was a lifetime member of Holbrook United Methodist Church and was also a member of Eastern Star for more than 50 years.
After high school, she met and fell in love with Richard (Dick) Bragg who had moved here from Cambridge, Ohio. They were married on March 5, 1961. In May 1963 their daughter, Kelly, was born.
All of Susan’s life was spent in Livingston except for a short time in 1971 when Dick was offered a job as a mechanic by his brother-in-law in Carrollton, Ohio. The family moved there and after six months decided to move back home to Livingston. Susan hated being away from her family in Montana.
Susan worked several different jobs throughout her life. She joined the workforce when Dick could no longer work due to declining health from Multiple Sclerosis. She worked at Enid Smith’s flower shop as a floral arranger and as a waitress at the Guest House restaurant. She was a telephone operator for Mountain Bell for several years until the company moved their operations to Billings. She then went to work for Westmont as a caregiver and worked there for several years. Her caregiving didn’t end there, as she cared for her mother, husband and father until they each passed away.
Susan was the most loving mother. She was always there for her daughter, Kelly, and made sure she never missed any of her school concerts or other activities. She was her biggest supporter. This carried on with her granddaughter, Haley, who joined the family in February 1999. Susan took care of Haley while Kelly and her husband Shane were at work. She greatly enjoyed this and loved being a grandma. Haley was the light of her life.
Animals were a big part of Susan’s life. She had several dogs and cats throughout her life and was the chief ‘dog-sitter’ for Jack & Bobby whenever they went on a trip. She loved them all and missed them terribly when they passed.
Susan loved to laugh. She enjoyed watching crime dramas on TV and the Lifetime Channel movies. Her favorite place was Luccock Park. She loved it there. Many family picnics were enjoyed there, as well as camping trips with Dick and Kelly.
She was a devoted and loving daughter, mother, wife, sister and grandma. A friend to many, she and her caring nature will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by, sister Janice in 1949; mother, Bobby in 1993; husband, Dick in 1995; and father, Jack in 2005. She is survived by her daughter - Kelly (Shane) Halstead; granddaughter - Haley (Steven) Villalobos; brother - Tom (Judy) Davis and their children, Stephanie (Chris) Neill and Justin (Emily) Davis; grandnieces - Evelyn Davis and Alice Neill; grandnephew Jack Davis; Aunt, Kay Strauch; and several cousins.
A visitation will be held at Franzen Davis Funeral Home in Livingston from noon until service time at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 23, 2023. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
If so desired, memorials may be directed to Holbrook United Methodist Church Foundation, P.O. Box 442, Livingston, MT 59047, or to Stafford Animal Shelter, 3 Boulder Business Park Rd. Livingston, MT 59047.
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