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Vivian (Ruff) Pinnow, 79, passed away Dec. 10, 2020 at Fallon Medical Complex in Baker, MT.

Vivian was born Sept. 23, 1941 in Baker, to Theophil and Helen Ruff. Growing up in Plevna, a part of the southern community, she attended country school up to 8th grade, she then attended her freshman year in Baker. Vivian then transferred to Plevna, where she graduated high school. She continued her education in Billings, MT at the Billings Business College for one year in the secretarial field.

Vivian met Arnold Pinnow and on Oct. 1, 1960 they were married in the Emmanuel Congregational Church in Plevna, MT. The couple started their life together at the Pinnow Family Farm southeast of Baker. To this union there were four children, Craig, Brian, Neal and Robyn. They raised their family on the farm for twenty seven years and then moved to town. She worked in the banking industry in Baker, up until her retirement.

Vivian served her community with a soft smile and gentle helping nature as a bank teller. She loved working on the farm and could often be found working on crosswords, word finds and creating quilts. Quilting was a passion for her and through the church her quilts where sent everywhere. Vivian enjoyed the 4-H program and the youth so she became a leader and was very active in the horse program. Due to her commitment to her community she shared her talents and time in many local groups, the Peace Lutheran Church Women, Red Hats Group and Baker Homemakers Club. The South Eastern Montana Horse Racing Association had a committed member in Vivian. Her and Arnold were very active in the MT Pork Producers, she was even named Mrs. Porkette (Queen) in 1975. Always devoted to her family she never missed a music festival or sporting event that her children or grandchildren were participating in.

Vivian leaves behind a loving family that will miss her greatly. She is survived by her Husband Arnold, sons, Craig (Wanda) Pinnow, of Baker, MT, Brian (Debbie) Pinnow of Kent, WA, Neal (Lisa) Pinnow of Lemmon, SD; daughter Robyn (Dallas) Cole of Lemmon, SD; grandchildren, Alexiss (Brandon) Miller, Amber (Steven) Hurley, Leevon (Maria) Pinnow, Heather and Nathan Pinnow, Alec and Kaitlynn Pinnow, Chelsey (Scott) Reede, Kasy Cole, Joe (Kelsey) Cole, Kerstan Cole and Dillon Cole; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Brooklyn Miller, Morgan and Mila Hurley, Brandon Dominguez, Audrey and Tessa Brown and Johnathan Pinnow, Amelia and Emyrss Pinnow, Mica and  Paxon Reede, Gracie Cole, Shelby and Carson Cole.  Sisters, Evelyn (Jim) Huber of Killdeer ND, Janice (Floyd) Ehret of Plevna, MT.

Preceded in death by parents, Theophil and Helen (Krueg) Ruff and infant brother.

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