DeEsta (Dee) Wellborn

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
DeEsta (Dee) Wellborn 1

June 4, 1935-May 4, 2022

“Grandma Down At Grant” DeEsta was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and moved to Shoup, Idaho in 1940. She spent her childhood on the banks of the Salmon River with her siblings Bob, Judy Ann, and Karen. They would ride the cable trolley across the river every day to go to school.

DeEsta’s Dad owned a café and bar in Armstead. As a teenager, she would ride the train from Idaho to visit him there. She met her husband Ned

Wellborn on one of her visits to Armstead and they married in 1952. Ned and DeEsta were married for 65 years until Ned’s passing in 2017.

Ned and Dee built their home in Grant, Montana soon after they were married. They raised their two daughters, Judy and Esther, there and made their living in Horse Prairie logging, hunting and ranching. DeEsta also worked many years as a nurse’s aide in the 1980s at the Dillon Hospital.

DeEsta was known for her love of animals, especially cats, as well as for her beautiful seamstress work making table runners and blankets. She had many close, lifelong friends and will be greatly missed by them and her family.

DeEsta is survived by her siblings, Bob and Judy Ann; her daughters Judy (Kevin) McCracken and Esther (Fred) Bridger; four grandchildren: Vince (Cheryl) Pierce, Travis (Paula) Elliott, Paula (Ryan) Watson, and Charlotte Elliott; eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-granchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Beaverhead Animal Shelter or any charity of your choosing.