With saddened hearts we announce that after a short illness Marjorie Ann McArthur died on May 19, 2019. Marge was born on October 7, 1946 to Sidney E. McArthur and Margaret D. McArthur in Great Falls, Montana. Marge grew up in Billings and graduated from Billings West High School. She attended Montana State University, receiving a degree in Social and Criminal Justice and first worked in Boulder as a deputy sheriff. Marge married her high school sweetheart, Brett Burson and they welcomed their daughter Zoanne. In time, they divorced, and Marge married Elwood “Buzz” Cleasby. They spent many years raising their blended family.
Marge’s very entrepreneurial spirit led to operating many successful businesses in the Billings area. Marge eventually became a real estate agent where she carved out a successful career, earning great respect in the industry. She liked to say, “I have one thing to offer and that is integrity.” Being an outdoors woman, she loved to hike, bike and river raft especially with her nephew Rob, her daughter Zoe and son-in-law, Scot. Marge was involved with many charities where she gave freely of her time and effort. In later years she loved to travel abroad with her partner Bernard Rose.
Mourning her passing, Marge leaves daughter Zoanne (Scot) Smith, brother Terry (Wayne) McArthur and sister Karen (Bernie Grosser) McArthur, her loving companion Bernard Rose, and her adopted family Mark, Kim (deceased), Tom, Steven, and Carrie (deceased) Cleasby along with many step grandchildren and various nieces and nephews. Marge was preceded in death by her father, mother, sister Peg, her brother George and her beloved nephew and pal Robert McArthur.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Margie’s memory to:
Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Foundation https://abwilderness.org/
Montana Veterans Foundation https://mtvf.org/
Montana Audobon https://mtaudubon.org/support/
A gathering of friends will be held from 3-5 PM, Saturday, June 8th Montana Audubon Center (Norm’s Island) – 7026 S Billings Blvd
Parking is limited, please carpool. Friends and acquaintances welcome, and light refreshments and appetizers will be served.