Generation two: Kathy Carrig Holzer

Kathy Holzer is modest and unfazed by her many accomplishments.  Thankfully, she is too busy to be online much and perhaps won't have the chance to be embarrassed by the bragging I intend to do here!

Kathy is the oldest child of the five kids of Jim and June Carrig.  She moved many times as a child as her dad served as Ranch Manager of many historic ranches, including the Snowcrest Ranch, owned by the Von Trapp family of The Sound of Music movie.  

Kathy's wisdom and self-discipline were notable even from an early age.  Her sister Molly and brother Shawn knew they could siphon off her Easter candy slowly, as Kathy had reserves all year long, not wanting to eat too many all at once.  Molly and Shawn helped her reduce her chocolate pile quite quickly!

 

Kathy wearing her red cowgirl boots in Ekalaka, Montana 1956.

Kathy wearing her red cowgirl boots in Ekalaka, Montana 1956.

Kathy's childhood was full of many responsibilities, caring for her siblings and learning amazing skills from her mom, cooking for legions of hungry ranch hands, friends, and siblings.  Off the grid for some of her childhood, her family didn't have electricity when Kathy was a baby, and therefore she learned how to do everything the old-fashioned way.  She has loads of animal stories that her grandchildren love hearing, from her pet skunk to seeing bears just off of their backyard.  She enjoyed being doted on by her grandmother, Granny Max, who took her to Yellowstone National Park, and to swimming and fishing holes.

Kathy's upbringing gave her the opportunity to excel in gardening, horsemanship, sewing and tailoring, cooking truly from scratch, and mothering.  Fast forward to high school, and Kathy was a cheerleader and goat roper at Grass Range High School.  Her sweetheart, Dick Holzer, came on the scene and soon they were married.

 

Kathy Carrig, Cheerleading Squad seen lower level, far right.

Kathy Carrig, Cheerleading Squad seen lower level, far right.

Two sweet faces.

Two sweet faces.

Dick and Kathy Holzer wedding day, Stanford, Montana.  Of course, she made her own wedding dress!

Dick and Kathy Holzer wedding day, Stanford, Montana.  Of course, she made her own wedding dress!

Kathy and Dick have now been happily married for 46 years, and their whole marriage has been ranching on Dick's family place, the Mill Iron Livestock Ranch of Moccasin, Montana.  They are situated in the Stanford school district, and early in their marriage three Holzer boys were added to the family:  Keon, Quinn, and Brett.  4-H, wrestling, football. FFA, church, sewing, ranch work, friendships and family crowded their busy life.  They finally burst at the seams of their tiny house, and physically moved a larger house from 100 miles away, and placed it higher in the yard next to their old home.  

Kathy's many experiences have formed her into a kind, thoughtful, wise, tender and loving gal, faith-filled and full of talents and an incurable zest for learning.  She's also a world-ranked best mother-in-law!  Generous and giving almost to a fault, you would have a hard time finding a more loyal friend or prouder wife, mom, or grandmother.

With Montana Bones, Kathy is a designer and does all the jewelry beading.  She gives advice on day to day operations and continues to bring the 'get 'er done' attitude that inspires our business.  If you have a story about Kathy, please share it!  E mail Dana Holzer at montanabones406@gmail.com.

Kathy Carrig Holzer with her dad, Jim Carrig in Bozeman, Montana.  Photo credit:  Lynn Donaldson   

Kathy Carrig Holzer with her dad, Jim Carrig in Bozeman, Montana.  Photo credit:  Lynn Donaldson

 

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