Obituary — 15 September 1963, Billings Gazette
“Former Billings Lawyer Dies in Los Angeles
“Mrs. Norma Stotesbury, 51, former Billings lawyer, died Friday in Los Angeles following heart surgery. She left Billings a year ago because of ill health and had been living with a sister in Del Mar, Calif.
She was born April 17, 1912, in Minnewaukau, N.D., a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Skarsten. She came to Montana in 1930 and was married to James Statesbury [sic] in Bozeman June 12, 1942. They lived in San Francisco until Mr. Stotesbury’s death in 1944 when she returned to Bozeman.
In 1947 Mrs. Stotesbury came to Billings and joined the Coleman, Jameson and Lamey law firm. She was later a partner in the firm of Berger, Stotesbury and Moe. She was a member of the Yellowstone, Montana and American Bar Associations, [and] the American Judicature Society. She was president of the Billings Zonta Club in 1956.
Surviving are four brothers, Odin Skarsten, Milwaukee; Alber Skarsten, Grand Forks, N.D.; Norman Skarsten, Oakland, Calif.; and Paul Skarsten, Great Falls. Three sisters who survive are Mrs. Robert Hartung, 1410 Ave. E; Mrs. Clayton Bartsch, Kalispell; and Mrs. Robert Gross, Ann Arbor, Mich.”
http://www.crowleyfleck.com/docs/Crowley_Centennial_Brochure.pdfFor a brief description of Ms. Stotesbury’s time as “Billings First Woman Lawyer,” see page 10 of the Crowley Centennial Brochure: “Crowley, Haughey, Hanson, Toole & Dietrich, Attorneys at Law: Our 100th Year, 1895-1995.”
17 April 1912, in Minnewaukan, N.C.
Andrew Skarsten and Ragna
Mr. Stotesbury’s office in Bozeman
Admitted to Practice:
Primary area of Practice:
- Yellowstone County Bar Association
- Montana Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- National Association of Women Lawyers
- American Judicature Society
- Zonta Club, Billings
James May Stotesbury on 12 June 1942
Mr. Stotesbury died in 1944.
13 September 1963, in Los Angeles, California