Myrna L. Rudio passed away peacefully on January 3, 2018 at the age of 77 after a brief stay in the hospital. She was born in Larimore, ND on August 24, 1940 to Erick and Leone Ohnstad. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Montana and she spent her early childhood years in Forsyth, before settling in Helena. She attended Hawthorne Elementary and Helena High School where she formed many lasting friendships.
In January of 1957, she married Robert M. (Bob) Rudio. They moved to Bozeman where they began their life together and welcomed two children, Karen and Mark. Upon Bob’s graduation from Montana State University, they moved to Chicago, IL where he was stationed as an active member of the U.S. Army. She always felt a special kinship with those in the military and would go out of her way to thank a service member for their dedication.
Bob and Myrna loved Montana and in 1964, they moved back to the mountains of Clancy to build their family home. In January of 1968, they welcomed their third child, Pam, into their family. Myrna spent many years creating a beautiful home and raising her family in the community that she loved. In 1986, she began a professional career as a legal secretary for the State of Montana, retiring from the MT Attorney General’s Office in July of 2001.
Myrna had many special gifts but the biggest was her natural ability to connect with people. She was kind, sensitive and never knew a stranger! She especially enjoyed golfing and traveling with her husband, reading, crocheting, and baking anything chocolate. She took great pride in her family, loved a good joke and had a wonderful sense of humor. Her kindness and caring nature created many lifelong friendships that she cherished deeply. She was especially proud of her grand- and great-grandchildren and loved attending their many activities throughout the years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Erick and Leone Ohnstad; her husband, Robert M. Rudio. She is survived by her brother, Robert Ohnstad of Clancy; her three children: Karen (Tom) Ditchey, M. Mark Rudio, Pam (Ron) Novak, all of Clancy; seven grandchildren: Tyser Ditchey (Helena), Rourke Ditchey (Denver), Dr. Randi (Ben) Edwards (Coeur d’ Alene), Cory (Brittany Mayer) Parriman, Kristyna Rudio, Karson Novak, Brenden Novak, all of Helena; and three great-grandchildren, Madison and Ethan Edwards, and Kessler Parriman. She is also survived by several very special cousins, brothers/sisters-in law, nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends that she loved so dearly, as well as her sweet cocker spaniel, Molly.
Myrna truly believed the greatest of things were always achieved in a light heart, which was evident even in her last days. In lieu of flowers, she would have simply loved for others to make someone’s day a little brighter — take time to make others laugh, find a connection and be especially kind to a friend or stranger, bake something to share, or just hug someone a little tighter …
A memorial service celebrating Myrna’s life will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 9th at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Avenue. A reception will follow the service in the social hall of the funeral home. Please visit below to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Myrna.
Mom was a beautiful person inside and out and her gift of light and love will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, sweet lady.