MALTA- M. Jae (Mary) Gilkerson went to be with the Lord on July 29, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Family will receive friends Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Funeral services are Monday, August 6, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. at Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Interment will be in the Malta Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at


She was born in Billings, MT to Jefferson Davis Bittick and Julia Marie Johnson on Aug 5, 1946. She had 2 brothers Jerry and Bill and 2 sisters Judy and Sally.


She graduated from Billings West High School in 1964, then moved to Wisconsin and worked at General Electric.  She met her husband Mike on the train while she was returning to Wisconsin after visiting her family in Billings.


She started working in health care as a nurse’s aide, then went to school and got her certificate as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  She continued her education to become a Registered Nurse.  She worked in the hospitals at Billings, Lewistown and finally Malta, where she retired after 25 years.


She liked to take her dog Wylie on the 4-wheeler around Malta, playing golf, and hunting for petrified wood, which she polished.  When wanting to travel, she loved to ride her Harley softail motorcycle.


She is survived by her husband Mike of 52 years, 3 sons:   Michael (Laura), Marcus (Lauren), Matthew (Sue), grandkids:  Whitney, Sarah, Michael Jon, Taylor, Shawn, Skylar and Rio, her sister Sally Bittick of Billings, sister in laws Margo (Dave) Jaumotte, Jane (Jerry) Hoffman and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was one of a kind and will be missed by all who knew her.


Guest Book

From: Garry & Beth Casebolt

Mike & family, we were very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. God bless.

From: Leonard,Gayle, Tami, Chad

We are remembering M Jae, our fellowship with your family, and our shared relationship in the Lord. We pray for His comfort and loving presence in the coming days.

The Francis Family

From: Dan and Linda Deegan

MJ's memories for us.
I loved working with Mike and Marc.
Our family remembers with warmth your mother's baseball coaching. She was was appreciated by us in many ways.
She was not fearful of being honest with people.
Dan and Linda Deegan


From: Buck and Eileen Damone

Sincere Condolences from Buck and Eileen Damone

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