Margene Valerie Tower died on September 19, 2018 at Riverstone Hospice House in Billings, Montana. She was born in Portland, Oregon on September 21, 1939, the daughter of Gordon E. and Marjorie L. Tower.
She graduated in 1957 from Forest Grove High School and in 1961 earned a BS degree from the University of Oregon School of Nursing. Margene was awarded a Master’s in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Colorado in 1967 and then joined the staff at Denver General as a psychiatric nurse.
Her earlier experiences as a public health nurse in Marion County, Oregon combined with her hospital work in Denver, resulted in the book “Out of Uniform and Into Trouble”, published in 1971, which she co-wrote about the challenges in the field versus those in the hospital.
Margene moved to Billings in 1971 and began a long career of service working for Indian Health Service, meeting many challenges and helping to expand vital services to the Native American communities. She retired once in 1994, but was contracted to fill other positions in IHS until she finally retired again in 2011.
We will miss her enthusiastic presence, her concern and love for people and animals. A favorite phrase was “Be the person your dog thinks you are.”
Margene is survived by her brother Bruce Tower; sister Diane (Ron) Ray; nephews Kevin (Rachel) Ray, Colin (Emi) Ray; great niece Marina; and great nephews Yann, Charlie and Tom.
Margene was a member of Harvest Church, and we appreciate so very much the friends from the church and neighborhood who helped her in many loving ways during her months of illness. They were there to comfort her with food and prayers, shopping and transportation to medical appointments.
With her great love for her pets, many of which were rescued, please feel free to donate to the Humane Society of Western Montana, 5930 Hwy. 93 South, Missoula, MT 59804 or other charities.