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Zona Oleson, age 92 of Helena passed away peacefully on January 8, 2019.

She was born to John and Lillian Stoll on November 27, 1926. She married Harry Raymond in her teen years and they had 2 children, Vern Raymond and Debbie Hurni. Harry passed away in October of 1958. Later she married Bud Oleson in August 1960. They had a son, Scott Oleson. Bud passed away January 2011.

She and Bud owned Bud and Zona's Bar in Canyon Ferry for many years until retirement in the 70s. Zona loved to crochet, embroider, eat Chinese food, and drink an occasional highball. Her get away was fishing under the dam at Canyon Ferry Lake with her best friend June. In her younger years she operated her own restaurant in Sunburst, MT and later worked at Jester's and the Montana Club in Helena.

In Zona’s later years she enjoyed playing rummy, baking sugar cookies with her grandchildren, and working in the garden where she loved to plant beautiful gladiolus.

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Zona is survived by: her children, Vern (Terry) Raymond, Debbie (Neal) Hurni, Scott (Laura) Oleson and Jerry Oleson; grandchildren, Randy, JayDee, Carissa, Jordan, Kyle, Ryan, and Marc; and many beloved great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She loved them all dearly.

A memorial service will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 18, 2019 at Retz Funeral Home, 315 E. 6th Avenue. A graveside service will follow at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Fort Harrison. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial in honor of Zona to the Lewis & Clark Humane Society, P.O. Box 4455, Helena, MT 59604 or Hospice of St. Peter’s Hospital c/o St. Peter’s Hospital, 2475 Broadway, Helena, MT 59601. Please visit to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Zona.

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