Marian Setter Obituary, Death – On August 30, 2023, at the age of 101, Marian Jean Setter, affectionately known as Jean, peacefully passed away at the Benefis Goodnow Cottage in Great Falls. Born on April 6, 1922, in Lewistown to Frances and Peter Setter, Jean’s journey through life was remarkable.
Jean’s educational path led her to graduate from Hobson High School in 1939. She then pursued nursing at MSU for two years before dedicating three years of her life to serving at the old Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls. In 1944, she proudly earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from MSU.
As World War II approached its conclusion, Jean saw an opportunity to continue her service by joining the Army as a nurse. After basic training in Tacoma, WA, she served as a 2nd Lieutenant at Hammond General Hospital in California. In 1946, she embarked on a unique assignment as a nurse on hospital trains originating from San Francisco.
Transporting soldiers, sailors, and even prisoners of war across the U.S. She later served in Korea at the 34th General Hospital, achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant. In 1949, Jean transitioned her career into nursing education at MSU Great Falls. However, the outbreak of the Korean War led to her recall to active duty in 1950.
Over the next 25 years, she served in various roles, from teaching and recruiting to supervisory positions. Her service took her to locations across the United States and overseas, including West Germany and South Korea, where she played a key role during the USS Pueblo incident as Assistant Chief Nurse at the 121st Evacuation Hospital.
In 1976, after an illustrious career, Jean retired from the Army as a Colonel. Her remarkable journey of service, dedication, and commitment left an indelible mark on the lives she touched and the nation she served. Jean will always be remembered with gratitude and respect.