Mirth Elaine (Defferding) Ehret, 86, passed away peacefully at Billings Health and Rehabilitation on July 4, 2017. A service celebrating her life will be held at Peace Lutheran Church on August 2 at 11:00 am.
Mirth was born in Black Creek, Wisconsin in April 1931, to William and Pearl (Wisthoff) Defferding. She graduated from Baker High School in 1948 and received a teaching certificate two years later. While teaching elementary school in Plevna, Montana, she met Ervin Ehret and they were married in December 1952. In 1957, they moved to Billings, where Mirth continued her education while raising their four children, ultimately receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Montana College. Mirth loved teaching and taught at a number of elementary schools in Billings and Laurel, where she is still fondly remembered by hundreds of her former students. In 1992, Mirth suffered a stroke that left her mobility and her speech seriously impaired but could not dampen her joyful spirit, her genuine gratitude for the kindness people extended toward her, nor her boundless love for the many friends and family members whose lives were made that much better for having known her.
Mirth was preceded in death by her parents and Ervin, her husband of 61 years. She is survived by her siblings: Donna Steiber and William E. (Bill) Defferding; her children: E. Richard (Dick) Ehret, Kenneth Ehret, Donna-Gayl Goldian and Karyn (Kaycee) Cottone; her grandchildren: Miranda Ehret Schmitt, Lisa Ehret and Jeffrey Goldian; her great-grandchildren: Conroy Schmitt, Billie Cate Schmitt, Taylor Schmitt and Maizy Ehret; and many in-laws, cousins, nephews and nieces.
We will all miss her generous smile, heartfelt “thank you’s” and impish giggle.