Gail Anderson Leadbetter

Friday, January 11, 2019

Beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Gail Anderson Leadbetter, born Feb. 14, 1936 in San Angelo, Texas, died peacefully with her devoted husband, Dan, by her side, on Jan. 7, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Gail and her first husband, Pehr Anderson, married in 1955 in Vail, Colorado, while they were students at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Having been raised on a cattle ranch in Menard, Texas, Gail’s beauty and influence convinced Pehr to switch his major from Architecture to Animal Science and to move to Montana, where after graduation they bought a ranch by Mill Creek in the Paradise Valley. In 1964, they would relocate and build what is now known as Hayhook Ranch in the Shields Valley, raising Charolais and Angus cattle for over 50 years. After the death of their spouses, Gail and Dan Leadbetter were fortunate to find each other and were married in Three Forks in 2013. A loving companionship for more than six years, together they enjoyed travel, fly-fishing, summers in Bozeman and winters in Scottsdale.

Gail earned a BA degree in Fine Arts from Montana State College; she expressed her artistic talents through painting, sculpture and jewelry-making. She did all of the decorative stone work for her home on the ranch. Gail was an accomplished rider and loved to work alongside her family in managing and working on the ranch, now run by sons Sky and Shiell Anderson.

In addition to sons, Sky (Monica Switzer) and Shiell (Babs), Gail is survived by her brother, Carl Kothmann; and grandchildren Steel, Stryker, Race and Paris. She is pre-deceased by her first husband, Pehr Anderson, and sister Jane Malory.

The memory of Gail’s calm stoicism and elegant grace will remain in our hearts and in those of the many who called her “friend.”