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June 2007 Obituaries

Ellis William Thomas
SEATTLE, Wash. — Our heavenly father called Ellis, one of his faithful servants, home on June 3, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Ellis was born June 3, 1929, in Ronan, MT. He spent the early years of his life in Pablo on the family ranch and then moved with his family to Bigfork in 1938 where many lasting childhood memories were made. The family then settled in Seattle, Washington, in 1943.

As a young boy and teenager, he liked riding horses and motorcycles, fishing and cooking.

He was a devoted husband and an awesome father.

Ellis worked for the Boeing Co. for thirty years and retired as a supervisor. He enjoyed his retirement with his family and friends.

He will be missed dearly.

Ellis is preceded in death by his parents Evan William and Lillian Juanita Thomas, brother Evan Wayne Thomas and sister June Marie Cavett.

He is survived by his wife Irene Thomas of 58 years, sons Eugene William and Danny Wayne Thomas of Seattle, Washington; sisters Beverly Rose Prickett of Everett, Washington and May Alva McBane of Many, La; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Celebrant was Father Jack Walmsley. Final resting place is Reuerton Crest Cemetery in Tukwila, Washington.

Jennie L. Rust
RONAN — Jennie L. Rust, age 96, passed away from natural causes on June 1, 2007 at St. Luke Extended Care Facility in Ronan, MT.

Jennie was born August 20, 1912 at Los Angeles, CA to Stephen and Alice Lindtner. She graduated from grammar school in LA in 1926. In 1941, Jennie married George E. Rust in Las, Vegas, NV. George preceded Jennie in death in 1991.

Jennie worked 25 years at the Goldman Tie Factory. She and George loved traveling and gardening.

Jennie's nephew, Joe Keys, also preceded her in death.

Surviving Jennie includes her niece Sally (Keys) McConnell of Bozeman, MT and her sister-in-law Lillian Keys of Polson. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.

Susie Virginia Stasso-O’Brien
ARLEE — Susie Virginia Stasso-O’Brien was born on Nov. 27, 1935 in Arlee, MT and departed this life in Friday, June 8, 2007 in Prague, OK at the age of 71.

Susie, the daughter of Antoine and Elizabeth (Cullooyah) Stasso, was a resident of Seminole, OK for the last 16 years. Susie was raised on the Flathead Reservation and lived in Conn. prior to moving to Seminole. Susie was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe and the Immaculate Conception Church in Seminole. Her parents, first husband and one son preceded her death.

Survivors include her husband Forrest A. O’Brien of the family home; sons Edward Terrell of Virginia, Tony O’Brien of Prague, OK and David Terrell of Shawnee, OK; daughters Yvonne Terrell of Conn. and Iona LaMay of Mass.; a sister Sophie Haynes of Arlee, MT and 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Willard Adamson Maughan
POLSON — Willard Adamson Maughan, beloved husband of Helen P. Maughan, passed away on Saturday June 30 at Polson, Montana at the age of 88 years.

Willard was born September 2, 1918 at Cardston, Alberta, Canada and was the eleventh child of Hyrum and Eliza Maughan. He spent the early years of his life in Cardston area, and then moved with his family to Browning, Montana. It was here that he learned to work. The family then settled in the Round Butte area of Montana. In 1945 he joined the army and spent the next year in Korea.

He married Helen Peterson in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho on September 2, 1958. Over the years he and Helen have lived in many places finally settling permanently in Polson, Montana. He spent his life serving his church, his family and his community.

He is survived by his loving wife Helen, his three children Ben (Melodie) Maughan of Ronan, Patricia (Derrell) Peel of Stillwater, Oklahoma, George (LeeAnn) Maughan of Polson, his grandchildren Shaleena, McKenzie and Stephanie Maughan; Travis, Cody and Teagan Peel; Peter Maughan and numerous nieces and nephews. His parents and all of his brothers and sisters preceded him.

Funeral services will be held Friday July 6 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Polson at 10:30 a.m. with Jim Nethercott officiating. Family and Friends will meet in the Relief Society Room from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. prior to the service. Interment with military honors will follow in the Lakeview Cemetery. Arrangements are by www.groganfuneralhome.com.

G.O. "Doc" Brown
PABLO — G.O. "Doc" Brown, age 95 of Polson, passed away on June 20, 2007 at Lily of The Valley in Pablo from natural causes.

He was born Jan. 6, 1912 at Fort Smith, AR to James L. and Ida Brown. After high school he attended Stephen F. Austin State College in Nacogodoches, TX. Doc and Edith Lucille Green were married in TX in 1936. Lou passed away in 1996.

Doc was involved in farming in Texas along with the jewelry business before moving to Polson, MT in 1954, where he purchased the jewelry store and operated it as Brown's Jewelry.

Doc served as President of the Polson Chamber of Commerce, the Salish Shrine Club, and Salish Shrine Mounted patrol. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and recreation in the Swan Valley.

His parents preceded him in death, along with his wife Edith, 2 sisters Jane Wysel and Francis Hawkins.

He is surivived by his sons Thomas G "Tex" Brown (Babs) and James N. "Jim" Brown (Judi) both of Polson, sister Ida Mae Royston of Atlanta, Georgia, 3 grandchildren; Shelly (Steve) Sandler, David (Stephanie) Brown, Marne (Darryn) Frost, 4 great grandchildren; Cody, Ridge, Shaeley, and Cameron.

Memorials in Doc's name may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children at PO Box 2472, Spokane, WA. 99201-2472.

Arrangements were under the direction of Grogan Funeral Home. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.

Rita June (Spang) Schurman
FLORENCE — Rita June (Spang) Schurman, 73, died at her home on Wednesday, June 13.

Rita was born on October 11, 1933 in Lame Deer, MT to James P. and Nina Spang.

Rita met and married Donald Schurman. They were married 56 years at the time of her death.

Her husband, Don and their children, Melissa, Donald G., Martin, Kim and John, survives her.

A private burial has taken place in the Jocko. Memorials may be sent to the Missoula Indian Center.

The Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville was in charge of the arrangements.

Everado "Ed" T. Costilla
POLSON — Everado (Ed) T. Costilla stepped into eternity on June 5, 2007, where he joined his beloved wife, Mary Ann, and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His sons and daughters surrounded him as he peacefully slipped from this life into everlasting eternity.

Ed was born January 4, 1924 in Uvalde, Texas to Antonia and Everado Costilla. He grew up in Uvalde, where many lasting childhood memories were made. When he was a little boy, he planted a pecan tree in front of his house and watched it grow and mature throughout the years. Ed met his wife Mary Ann, while traveling in Montana. He moved his family to Houston, TX where he raised his children and provided for his wife. While in Houston he enjoyed many deep sea-fishing trips in Galveston, TX. Ed worked as a foreman for Brown and Root-Pipe and Steel, Inc., retiring in 1984. He moved his family back to Uvalde, briefly, then came to Montana, settling in Polson.

During his time in Polson he enjoyed the remainder of his retirement fishing, camping, gardening and BBQ’ing in his iron BBQ pit that he had specially made. Ed was well known for his Texas BBQ Brisket, authentic Mexican food and homemade salsa. Ed was respected and accepted by the Blackfeet Tribe and the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe. He attended many pow-wows and even spoke the Blackfeet language. He was an awesome father, who encouraged and supported all of his children in pursuing their dreams, education and accomplishments. He instilled integrity, honesty and compassion into the lives of his children and grandchildren.

One brother and four sisters preceded Ed in death.

Ed is survived by his six children Ricardo (Brenda) Costilla, Juanita (Phillip) Sure Chief, Valerie Costilla, David Costilla, Louisa F. (Darin) Cadman, Jose I. (Neomi) Costilla, his four sisters Consuelo Mancha, Maria Rodriquez, Juanita Martinez, Diamentina Canales, and one brother Ismael Costilla. He was also blessed with 15 grandchildren Megan, Aaron, Ellie, Olivia, Rebecca, Verla May, Lisa Marie, Raquel, Darin II, Pearl, Jose’ II, Joaquin, Mariah, Joseph, and Jose’.

Charles “Chuck” Edward Hawkins, Sr.
POLSON — The Lord chose to take Charles “Chuck” Edward Hawkins, Sr. on June 2, 2007. Chuck was born November 4, 1940 in Vincennes, Indiana.

Chuck passed away peacefully in his wife Joan’s arms, surrounded by his loving family. Chuck courageously fought a long time illness for two years. Chuck was full of wit, humor and well liked by all.

Chuck was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and you rarely seen him without his Cowboys hat or shirt on, unless it was the Grizzly fan that took over, when of course his attire was his Griz hat or shirt.

Chuck enjoyed gambling, watching football and fishing with his sons, along with the telling of big fish stories of the one that got away. The story always ended with one of the “boys” winning the dollar for biggest catch. This of course took measuring.

Chuck was a twenty-year retired veteran for the United State Army who served his country with great pride with four tours of Vietnam and two tours of Korea. Along with his many tours of duty over seas, Chuck was stationed in various Army posts from one end of the United States to the other, Fort Bragg, NC to Fort Benning, GA, Fort Lewis to name just a few. He trained with psychological psy-cops unit in Fort Bragg, NC, under the 82nd Airborne Division and was involved with compiling the training manuals for soldiers in Benning. He was acting editor for the Army Times and cross trained in journalism and went to school for communication and disc jockeyed for the DMZ line for his tour in Korea.

Chuck married Joanne Cumpton in 1961 during which they had three children Jeannie, Susan, and Charles (Chucky) Hawkins, Jr. They later divorced in 1969.

Chuck met his future wife and lifelong companion Joan Aldrich in Fort Bragg, NC. They have eight children Lori (Joe) Sebestin of Polson, Gena Ely of Pablo, Tammie Jo (Francis) Plante of Big Arm, Kevin Lee Aldrich of Bilings, Cindi (Wade) McPherson of Utah, Dawn Scott of Nevada, Keith Hawkins of Elgin, IL and Cory Hawkins of Polson and 36 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Leona and Dexter Hawkins of Vincennes, Indiana, one sister Shirley Hawkins of Vincennes, Indiana and a granddaughter Shelby Lynn Hawkins of Elgin, Illinois.

Kaydence Faith McCrea
POLSON — God sent us a special delivery gift on May 24, 2007. Her name ... Kaydence Faith McCrea. She weighed 2 lbs and 2 ounces. We were blessed with this beautiful baby girl for 17 days. We loved her with all our hearts and prayed for her with all of our might. Jesus had another plan for her. On June 10th, He gathered her in His loving arms and with an angel escort, carried her away to live with Him in heaven. She was welcomed into heaven with much joy and singing angels greeted her.

We miss you so, out tiny angel, Kaydence. We look forward to the day when we will celebrate our joyful reunion with you in a beautiful place where there will be no sadness and no tears. We love you Kaydence.

Kaydence is survived by her loving parents Devon and Dennis McCrea, her big sisters Micaela McCrea, Morgan Roberts, and Jerrica Waddell; a big brother Jayson McCrea all of Polson. Grandparents are Joydell and Lindy Peek Polson; Marc and Lucille Johnson, Ronan and Bob McCrea (Beaner Dupuis) of Pablo, great-grandparents are Carol Sveet, Hot Springs, Marjean Korf and Virginia Peek, Polson. Aunts and uncles; uncle Dewell Peek, Missoula; Billie and Stuart Rubel, Charlo; Stacey McCrea, Ronan; David and Marcy D’Beaupre, Kernville, CA; Robert and Rhiannon McCrea, Bradley McCrea, Chris McCrea, Craig McCrea all of Ronan, Maya Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Ronan and Summer and Bryan Porch, Missoula and 16 first cousins.

Kaydence was preceded in death by great grandfather Norman Korf; Dewell Peek, SR; and Orie Tromp; uncle Gregory Peek and great aunt Mary Ellen Rieben.

Private services were held with burial at Lakeview Cemetery in Polson. Arrangements were under the direction of Grogan Funeral Home, Polson.

Susie Virginia Stasso-O’Brien
ARLEE — Susie Virginia Stasso-O’Brien was born on Nov. 27, 1935 in Arlee, MT and departed this life in Friday, June 8, 2007 in Prague, OK at the age of 71.

Susie, the daughter of Antoine and Elizabeth (Cullooyah) Stasso, was a resident of Seminole, OK for the last 16 years. Susie was raised on the Flathead Reservation and lived in Conn. prior to moving to Seminole. Susie was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe and the Immaculate Conception Church in Seminole. Her parents, first husband and one son preceded her death.

Survivors include her husband Forrest A. O’Brien of the family home; sons Edward Terrell of Virginia, Tony O’Brien of Prague, OK and David Terrell of Shawnee, OK; daughters Yvonne Terrell of Conn. and Iona LaMay of Mass.; a sister Sophie Haynes of Arlee, MT and 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.