Beatrice (Bea) Mary Bullis

Beatrice (Bea) Mary Bullis passed away in Hardin on Oct. 8, 2017 after an extended illness. She was born April 30, 1927 in Lewistown to Earl and Bertha Dickson Zelenka. She grew up in the Lewistown area and graduated from Fergus County High School in 1944. She attended Eastern Montana Normal School (now Montana State University-Billings) in the teacher education program. She taught in the Huntley Project School District. She married John Everett Bullis on Aug. 9, 1947 in Lewistown and the couple made their home in Hardin. They celebrated their 70th anniversary in August.

Bea was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star Jasmine Chapter Hardin, and a 50-year member the P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter L and the United Methodist Church. Bea was always quick to volunteer her time cooking for dinners, hosting meetings and serving whereever she was needed. She loved to play bridge, and played in the same Wednesday bridge club for over 50 years, as well as the Purple Cow Club. She maintained a lifelong friendship with several of her Lewistown classmates and traveled monthly to meet for lunch. She especially enjoyed coffee time with her friends, and until her health prevented, she had coffee with the “Grandmothers” every Wednesday morning. 

Bea and Everett for many years celebrated Easter morning with close friends and their families. Another special group was the “Dirty Dozen” who came together to enjoy birthdays and anniversaries. Bea was an integral part of Bullis Mortuary and taught her children and grandchildren to place the needs of others before theirs. She enjoyed being a grandmother and took special pleasure in their activities and accomplishments. She was a wonderful seamstress and made special quilting and sewing projects for friends and family members.

Bea is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Donald Zelenka.

She is survived by her husband; her sister, Jean Hassler of Lewistown; her sister-in-law Fran Zelenka of Helena; her son Terry (Punki) of Hardin; daughters Carol (William T.) Rhoads of Butte, and Linda (Mark) Schriber of Gillette, Wyo.; her grandchildren Kristi (Patrick) Greenfield of Hardin, Kent (Jenn) Bullis of Rutherford, N.J., Sarah Rhoads of Shoreline, Wash., Allison (Brandon) Sutton of Poulsbo, Wash., Kellie (Travis) Newton of Vancouver, Wash., Janna Schriber of Minneapolis, Minn. and Kaycee Schriber of Billings; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in Minnesota.

The services were Friday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. in the Bullis Funeral Chapel with interment at Fairview Cemetery and a reception at the Bullis Family Center followed. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Big Horn County Historical Society, Chapter L P.E.O. and the Big Horn County Council on Aging Meals and Transportation. Special thank you to the staff at Heritage Acres Nursing Home and a heartfelt thank you to Drs. Greimann, Ostahowski and Morissette for their loving care.

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