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Shirley Ann McMaster Bummer Pettit


March 7, 2018

Shirley Ann McMaster Pettit of Worland, WY, passed away in Billings, MT on March 2, 2018. Funeral and Memorial Services will take place Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Stakston Martin Funeral Home, 708 Main St S, Crosby, ND. There will be a viewing for the public on Wednesday evening.

Shirley was born April 18, 1935 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Heartha “Hattie” Ketterling McMaster and Rolland McMaster the second of seven children.

They lived in St. Paul, MN, Seattle, WA and Columbus, ND where Shirley graduated high school in 1953 and attended Minot State College majoring in Music and Literature. She married first husband, Warren Bummer of Crosby, ND in November, 1956 in Washington where their sons Bennett and Murrey were born. Their daughters Lenore and Kate were born in Crosby, ND.

On December 13, 1968 Warren died unexpectedly. Shirley returned to Minot State College to complete her education. She graduated Cum Laude of her class in 1970. She then taught school for a time in Upham, ND and Circle, MT.

She married her second husband Floyd Pettit and they returned to the farm in Crosby where their son James was born.

Shirley developed her hobby of cutting and polishing Montana Agates into her business, Shirley’s Rock Shop. She created beautiful stones and jewelry and sold it around North Dakota, Montana and Idaho and traveled to Quartzsite, AZ to sell and purchase.

Floyd passed away in 2003 and Shirley moved off the farm to live in Worland, WY near her sister Becky Morley and her daughter Lennie. Suffering from progressive lung disease from an earlier period of smoking and silicosis from her rock polishing work Shirley slipped her earthly bonds on March 2nd, 2018 at the age of 82. She will be greatly missed by family and friends for her sweet, accepting temperament, her acute intelligence and her creativity. Shirley excelled at everything she did and we are all grateful that we were given the privilege of knowing and loving her.

She is survived by two sons, Murrey Bummer and James Pettit, both of Crosby, ND and two daughters, Lenore Bummer Poitras of Lander, WY and Katherine “Kate” Bummer of San Francisco, CA. Three grandchildren, Samuel Poitras and Annika Poitras of Lander, WY and Cameron Pettit of Crosby. Sisters Rebecca McMaster Morley of Helena, MT, Catherine McMaster Mattison of Ajo, AZ, Mary McMaster Johnson of Fargo, ND, Martha McMaster Cameron of Brooklyn Park, MN and brother Thomas McMaster of Blaine, MN.

She was preceded in death by husbands Warren Bummer and Floyd Pettit, parents Rolland McMaster and Heartha “Hattie” Ketterling McMaster, son Bennett Bummer and brother James McMaster.

Rest in peace Shirley: Mother, Sister, Wife, Grandmother, Friend, Artist, Musician, Cook, Jeweler, Reader, Gardener, Loving and Gentle Soul.


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