For the Record
POLSON — James “Jim” R. Noel, 68, the youngest of fourteen children
born to Laura (Glover) and William H. Noel passed away in Polson on
Wednesday, June 30th. Jim was born in St. Ignatius on Dec. 20, 1941 and
had been suffering from poor health for several years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother
sisters Leota (Dottie) Joy both of Polson and Dorothy (Bob) Watson of
Hobson as well as several brothers and sisters who died in infancy.
Jim was raised in Polson and as a youth was a
at the Polson City Dock with his fishing pole. He loved to fish and was
well known by Polson residents as he made his way to his favorite
Jim was a 1960 graduate of Polson High School. In
joined the US Navy where he served on the USS Buchanan, a guided
missile cruiser. He was stationed at Okinawa and received an honorable
discharge as a Specialist SK-3 on January 9, 1965.
After serving 36 years and a day at Plum Creek,
Jim retired at age 60 in September of 2001.
Jim is survived by his brother Gerald "Jerry" and
Mae Noel of
Polson, sisters Marjorie “Marge” Jones, Barbara Ross both of Polson and
sister Patsy “Pat” and Larry Anderson of Ronan as well as many nieces
Graveside services were held July 8 at the
Lakeview Cemetery in Polson where military honors were presented.
Foster Funeral Home & Crematory is
assisting the family with services.
ARLEE — Winston Morigeau Brown, 32, passed away in Arlee, in an auto
accident on Friday, June 11, 2010.
Winston was born on Jan. 9, 1978 in Provo, Utah,
Gardipe-Brown and Preston Brown. Winston was raised in Utah, Montana
Winston attended Chinle High School, Dine College,
Indian Nations University, and his favorite place, Salish Kootenai
College. His interests were archery, photography and environmental
He worked at Salish Kootenai College as a student
conducting research on the Jocko River. Previously he worked for the
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in the Natural Resources
Department as an air quality technician.
Winston loved fishing, hunting, camping,
horseback riding. He loved being in the Jocko Mountains and in Lamoose
Canyon. He was a very accomplished archer and photographer. He loved
spending time with his family and friends.
Winston was preceded in death by his brother
maternal grandfather Raymond E. Gardipe, Sr.; paternal grandfather,
Navajo Code Talker John Brown, Jr.; aunt Ruth McCombs; and cousins
Rosalie Charlo, Joseph McCombs, Kimo Brown and Johnny Brown.
Winston was survived by his parents Arlene
Preston Brown of Tsaile, Ariz.; brother Brian Brown (Leslie) of
Flagstaff Ariz.; sisters, Collette Brown-Harvey (Carlyle) of
Farmington, N.M., and Candice Brown (Kenneth) of Ronan; nieces, Breanne
and Natalie Harvey, Andrea Gonzalez and Jacelyn Charlo; nephews, Keith
and Adam Brown, Adrian Reyez, and Payton Mays; maternal grandmother
Alice Gardipe of Arlee; and paternal grandmother Loncie Brown of
Crystal, N.M.; numerous aunties, uncles, and cousins in Montana,
Arizona and New Mexico.
Funeral services were held in the Arlee Community
Center; interment followed in the Jocko Catholic Cemetery.
“Millie” Francis Thompson
ST. IGNATIUS — Mildred “Millie” Francis Thompson passed away on
June 24, 2010. She and her husband Glen moved to Yuma, Arizona in early
2006 to live with family. She was living with her daughter Cathy at the
time of her death.
Millie was born on January 13, 1927 in Miles
City to Charles Dudley and Oca “Doris” Dudley Trachsel. She was raised
on a homestead ranch in Sonnet until moving with her mother, sister,
and step father Arnold Trachsel to Ronan. She graduated from Ronan High
School and worked at the local bank. On April 6, 1947, she married Glen
(Prune) Thompson of St. Ignatius.
They made their home in
Kalispell for over 50 years. Millie was a great homemaker and her
family says made the best pie around and had the most beautiful canning
from their wonderful gardens. She was always available and happy to
volunteer at their daughters’ school events, church and hospital. Her
grandchildren were the light of her life.
Millie is survived by
her daughters Cathy (Jim) Gardner of Yuma, Arizona and Sharon (Jay)
Brouillette of Idaho Falls, Idaho; granddaughters Sara Gardner, Jacy
(Matt) Rothschiller, and Carrie (Mark) McCulloch; grandsons Eric
Gardner and Zachary (Misty) Brouillette; great-grandchildren Zachary
and Ania Rothschiller and Faith and Isabel McCulloch; and she is also
survived by her only sister Maxine Stallcop of Indio, California.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen
Thompson on February 13, 2008 and by her mother, Oca “Doris” Dudley
Trachsel; her father Charles Dudley; and her stepfather, Arnold
Millie will be greatly missed by her family but
has left a heart of love, good memories, and a promise of our eternal
A memorial service is planned for September 18 at
11 a.m. at the Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius.