Alma Hinand (98) passed away October 3, 2018 at Wheatland Memorial Hospital & Nursing Home in Harlowton, MT. Alma Pauline (Sharrah) Hinand was born in Miles City, Montana on August 8, 1920 the middle of 3 daughters born to Arthur & Nellie (Hobbs) Sharrah. Her parents originally from Missouri homesteaded near Rosebud County, MT.
Anyone that ever-met Alma knew she was a business woman through and through. Her sense of western fashion & turquoise jewelry were her trademark. She first moved to Harlowton to manage the State Theater and met the love of her life Raymond Hinand and married him May 16th, 1947. The two were life & business partners from then on. They had Wheatland Groceries, then Martinsdale Mercantile until they partnered with Dutch & Eleanor Callant and built the AG's Super Market in 1957. In 1968, they sold their interest to Dutch & Eleanor and started Ray's Sports & Western Wear on the corner of Central Ave & Hwy 12. In 1984, Ray retired but Alma wanted no part of that. Instead at the young age of 64 and with great foresight, she and her sons Rick & Ron, built the new & current Ray's Sports & Western Wear east of Harlowton at the intersection of Hwy 12 & Hwy 191. Alma worked full time in the store until she was 80 when medical reasons made her slow down. She continued to play a role in the store for another dozen years. And boy was she fighting mad when her vision kept her from being able to read the store mail.
Alma loved to work, but she was passionate about her horses and rode until she was 80. Many hours of riding and beers were shared down at Hinand Happy Acres with her friends Mary Moseman & Jewell Harper. Alma also shared her joy of showing horses with her granddaughter Melissa (Bug). She loved riding her horses in parades especially the 4th of July Parade in Harlowton where she was honored as grand marshal. She was proud to be a charter member of the Miles City Range Riders. Her most memorable ride was in 1989 at the age of 69 she participated in the Montana Centennial Cattle Drive which took 6 days and covered 50 miles from Roundup to Billings.
Alma was preceded in death by her loving husband Raymond Hinand, parents Arthur & Nellie Sharrah, sisters Iva Hansen (Twin Falls, ID) & Letha Mehling (Forsythe, MT).
Alma is survived by her sons Rick (Katherine Parks) Hinand of Harlowton and Ron (Tami) Hinand of Harlowton/Joliet. Grandchildren: Michele (Jon) Wrzesinski of Baker, MT; Melissa (Sean) Carlson of Sammamish, WA; and Miles Hinand. Great Grandchildren: Cleet Wrzesinski of Dickinson ND, Wrenzi Wrzesinski of Baker, MT; and Mackenzie Carlson of Sammamish, WA.
The family would like to give a special thanks and gratitude to Becky Lewis whose decades of friendship & care kept Alma home until she was almost 97. Also like to thank the entire staff of Wheatland Memorial Hospital & Nursing Home for taking care of Alma this past year. Cremation has taken place and services will held at a later date. The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Memorials may be made to the Federated Church, Wheatland Memorial Nursing Home or the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313 Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com