Jean (Pascoe) Sarrazin, 95, of Shields Valley, Livingston, Montana, passed away on Sunday, August 2, 2020.
Jean was born in Butte, MT on April 17, 1925 to John and Mary (Martin) Pascoe. Her father, a coal miner, had to move to another job due to black lung, and they relocated to Great Falls for a time and then to Livingston. The family worked hard, they operated the Old Faithful Saloon and Jean would clean the bar and soda fountain. Her parents both died when Jean was 18 of illnesses. She lived with her older sister, working at Wilcoxsons and at the Post Office. She grew-up knowing how to earn her own way. Jean was a Park County High School graduate with the class of 1944.
While at a dance at the Chadbourne Hall Jean met the man God made for her; and on November 9th, 1946 Jean was united in marriage to her forever partner in life and ranching, Leon Sarrazin. They were blessed with four children, Cecelia, Thomas, Kenneth and James “Joe”.
Jean was a “city” girl, she said she would not be marrying a farm boy. Well, she did, and her sister-in-law Margaret took her under her wing to teach how to butcher chickens and her mother-in-law taught her the secrets of French cooking. She and Leon began their family and ranch life together on the McNiven Ranch. She was a mother that could never be replaced. Jean was at every event or ball game; she was a leader with the 4-H programs and chaperoned all our senior class “sneak” trips. She wrote the Clyde Park news article for many years and helped to organize the Park County Fair, and Old Settlers Days. She was a longtime member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Clyde Park where she would prepare her “Blarney Stone” cakes to sell at St. Margret’s benefits. She did butchered her share of chickens, ran the tractor and grain truck for the ranch and brought lunch out.
Jean liked bowling; well we better say Jean LOVED bowling. She was competitive with her game and even after her stroke she taught herself to bowl left-handed. She enjoyed playing bridge and the card clubs. She gardened, traveled when she could and in the earlier days, she helped her sister, caring for her children when she would head to Alaska for work.
Mom lived a long life; she was thankful for her family and their successes. We are so blessed to have had the examples you and dad set forth for us and are so proud to call you our mom. Goodbye for now.
Jean is survived by her children and their families: daughter, Cecelia Altomare of Columbiana, OH and her children: Monica (Bruce) Stryffeler, Elizabeth (Mark) Scheller, Arin (Teresa) Altomare and Paul (Chrissy) Altomare; son, Tom Sarrazin and his wife, Terry of the Shields Valley and their children: Jeff Sarrazin, Jodi Sarrazin, and Justin (Heather) Sarrazin; son, Ken Sarrazin and his wife, Pamela of Bozeman and their children: Kristen Sarrazin, and Cody Sarrazin; son, Joe Sarrazin and his wife, Andrea of the Shields Valley and their children, Amanda (Garrett) Hamm and Tyler (Jessie) Sarrazin. Great-grandchildren, Arielle and Owen Stryffeler; Jacob, Jordan, Jayden, Scheller; Paige Altomare; Josie. Wyatt and Megan Sarrazin; Dylan Sarrazin; Rodie Keyes, Graesin, and Anna Hamm; and Everly Joe Sarrazin; and her sister-in-law, Joyce Sarrazin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leon; son-in-law, Anthony Altomare; sister, Ruth Kopcha; brother, Jack Pascoe and his wife, Kate and numerous in-laws from the Sarrazin side.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, August 21, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Reception details will be provided at the service. Please bring your masks so that we may gather safely and to Park County guidelines.
Memorials are preferred to the Clyde Park Community Scholarship Fund, c/o Bank of the Rockies, PO Box 2 – Clyde Park, MT 59018.
Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.
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