In memory of

Donnie Hultin, age 84 of Helena

February 7, 2019

Donnie Hultin, of Helena, went to heaven on February 7, 2019. She was 84. Donnie was born to Samuel and Anna Smith, in Salmon, Idaho on September 15, 1934 and was one of eight siblings.

Donnie graduated from Helena High School and retired from the State of Montana. She babysat her grandchildren and was given the name Grizz, which she was known as.

She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, and friend; loved by her family. They enjoyed spending birthdays and holidays at her house and going on trips with Grizz. Donnie took great pride in her family, yard, gardens, critters, and helping the family with their farm and ranch chores.

Donnie married her husband, Jim, on June 29, 1957, and they had three children: Jim, Mike, and Kirk.

Donnie was preceded in death by her son, Kirk; parents; and six of her siblings. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Jim; Son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Melanie; son, Mike; grandchildren, Heather, Hanna, Zack, and Emiley; and sister, Pauline Super.

Donnie requested no services, she wanted to be remembered as she was in life. Please visit below to offer a condolence or share a memory of Donnie.


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  1. Grizz will be missed. I remember how beautiful her house looked during the Christmas season. And not just the inside of the house, but the outside and yard, including these big ornaments on the trees and lighted decorations on the sheds. For a birthday celebration, she decorated with colorful plates and napkins, which made the birthday boy/girl feel special. I know how Grizz kept her slim figure – she “encouraged” others to have seconds, especially on cake. She was a perfect hostess and I don’t think she ever had leftovers, but some of us had tighter waistlines after a meal or birthday. The image of Grizz in my mind is her in her red Christmas sweater as we gathered to celebrate a special birthday. Her gracious nature and beautiful smile will be missed.

  2. Frank Kromkowski says

    I worked with Donnie in the Aging Services Bureau in the late 70s and early 80s. I will always remember Donnie as a kind and loving and beautiful person.

  3. My name is Joan Eaton (Pavlinick) . I grew up in East Helena. I remember Donnie from when we both worked for the State. I was so sorry to learn of Donni’s passing. I will remember both of you in my prayers.

  4. Shelley Sharp says

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray that all your wonderful memories help you through these sad days and bring joy and happiness in days to come.

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