Mardele was born February 18, 1934 to Lucius and Ruth Maryott. She passed away November 15, 2020. She was raised in Red Lodge, MT with her brother Manfred. She lost her mother when she was 3 weeks old so was very close to her “Daddy”. She was a great story teller and had recollection of the most minute details and facts about her growing up.
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Her love of music led her to pursue a bachelor of music in piano performance in Enid, OK and a master’s degree at University of Illinois in Champagne.
She did a teaching stint in Mississippi after her education but her beloved Montana was beckoning her back. She loved the Montana mountains.
When she returned to Billings she worked as a secretary for a furniture company where one of the voice teachers in Billings met her and found out that she was a pianist and specifically an accompanist. She never married or had children but her “children” were the students she accompanied for recitals, contests, and festivals. Over a span of 35 years she accompanied hundreds of voice and instrumental students. She found much satisfaction helping these young people and was tireless and generous with her time spent with them. She had a wonderful sense of musicality and willingly would give suggestions to interpretation of the poetical text of the song coupled with the musical idea. She was a smart musician. And her piano technique was superb. She was so sensitive to what the student was doing and followed them rather than leading them. She was right with them and never heavy handed or overpowering in her playing.
Mardele will be remembered as a soft spoken, genteel, kind Christian who loved her Lord and loved people.
She was proceeded in death by her parents and her brother Manfred. She is survived by her cousin John Maryott and his family. Burial will take place in the family plot in Red Lodge Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to a charity of your choice.