Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.” 

― Sidney Sheldon 

 Nancy Gay Freburg

Beloved daughter, sister, aunt, friend, teacher, and animal lover, Nancy G. Freburg, passed from this life on Feb. 13, 2019, at her home under the rimrocks in Winnett, MT. Nancy was born Dec. 31, 1945, to Ernest and Ruth Freburg in Lewistown, joining sister Mavis Rae. She grew up working on the family dairy, and graduated from Winnett High School. She attended Rocky Mountain College, graduating with a B.A. in Elementary Education in 1968. 

Nancy taught 1st and 2nd grades, then Library Science in Lewistown for 25 years. Nancy became the Petroleum County Public Librarian in 1994, a position previously held by her mom. She was also the Librarian for Grass Range and Roy schools. Always learning, Nancy was instrumental in early automation of the Winnett Library. 

Nancy played piano and organ at church and sang with Sweet Adelines. Nancy and Ben Maytum loved cheering on the Winnett Rams basketball teams. Nancy was a lifelong animal lover and advocate, taking in many dogs and cats and enjoying local wildlife. Nancy’s affectionate nature, constant encouragement, and sense of fun were treasured by all. 

Nancy was fortunate to have good friends and caregivers who provided help, meals, rides and support during her illness, for which Nancy and her family will be eternally thankful.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister, Eunice Ann; and nephew, Mark Alan Shotwell. Nancy is survived by sister, Mavis (Bob) Shotwell; special friend, Ben Maytum; niece, Melanie (Chris) Munson and their daughters Kyra and Alyssa; nephew, David Shotwell; and niece, Laurie (Jason) Robinson and their sons Connor (Sally), Aidan, and Brennan.

At Nancy’s request, her body was donated to the WAMI medical program. Services will be held in Winnett in the spring. Memorial donations can be made to the Petroleum County Public Library, Petroleum County Endowment Fund, or Billings Animal Rescue Kare (BARK).

Creel Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Nancy’s family and friends can share memories at


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The Petroleum County Community Library is located within the Winnett Public Schools building.  The library moved to the new school building in 1974 when it became part of the state’s only school-community library. The library serves both the school system and the surrounding public.  Also housed at the library is the community's historical archives, which contains historic photographs, community information, and family information.

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Tuesday & Wednesday:

9:00 am - 4:00 pm 


9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Closed  Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Call the Library with questions.  429-2451.