For the Record
HOT SPRINGS — Peter John Daniel Frost Renteria, stillborn son of
Dimas Renteria and Lucille Frost of Hot Springs, passed away on
November 27, 2010 at Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains.
His godfather Pete Renteria, numerous aunts,
uncles, and cousins, precedes Peter in death.
Besides his parents, survivors include his
Smith of Hot Springs; uncle Justin Berg of Hot Springs; aunt Lauria
Feilier; and numerous cousins and other family members.
Services will remain private and messages of
condolence may be
sent to the family online at www.groganfuneralhome.com. Grogan Funeral
Home and Crematory, Polson, is assisting the family.
POLSON — Steven Tracy Jamison, 45, of Polson and formerly of Oregon
passed away on Friday, November 26, 2010 at his home.
Steven was born on March 12, 1965 in Portland, OR
and was a landscaper.
Survivors include his wife, Kimberly Jamison;
mother Nancy Dawes; sister Tina Jamison Lund; and brother David
Burial took place on Wednesday, December 1, 2010
at Lakeview Cemetery in Polson.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family
www.groganfuneralhome.com. Grogan Funeral Home, Polson, assisted the
PABLO — Pearl Roullier Ashley, 83, of Pablo passed away on Friday,
November 19, 2010 at home surrounded by her loving family.
Pearl was born on November 14, 1927 in St.
Ignatius. a daughter
of the late Henry and Jane Bourdon Roullier. She attended local schools
and later went on to meet the man of her life, August Ashley, when she
was a very shy sixteen year-old. Five years later on September 13,
1946, the two were married. From this union, three daughters were born,
Linda, Pat, and Jeanie.
Pearl was a quiet, gentle, loving, generous, and
who always put her family first as family was very important to her.
She was close to God and would always tell those seeking her advice,
pray and God will take care of it. Having a strong will for life, Pearl
never complained and was the strength and the rock for her family.
She was a member of the Confederated Salish and
and loved attending pow-wows, rodeos, camping with all her family,
picking huckleberries, cutting Christmas trees, or simply just being in
the mountains sitting somewhere by a creek.
Besides her parents, Pearl is preceded in death by
August, who passed away November 17, 1985. Also preceding her in death
are three sisters, Julia Munzanreder, Vi Matt, and June Ashley; three
brothers, Henry, Albert, and Frank Roullier; grandson, Jamie;
granddaughter, Melanie Gunhammer; and great-granddaughter, Whitney.
Those left with cherished memories include her
Linda Ashley of Pablo, Pat Ashley of Pablo, and Jeanie (Wayne) McCauley
of Polson; six grandchildren, Robert McCauley, Debbie McCauley, Mike
McCauley, Teresa Nelson, Tina Ashley, and Christie Ashley; fifteen
great-grandchildren; and nine great great-grandchildren, six of those
being fifth generation.
Visitation for Pearl’s family and friends was held
November 22 at the Grogan Funeral Home. Funeral services followed on
Tuesday with Rev. John Payne officiating. Interment took place at
Lakeview Cemetery, Polson.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family
visiting www.groganfuneralhome.com. The staff of Grogan Funeral Home,
Polson, considers it a privilege to care for Mrs. Ashley’s family.
RONAN — Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother
Betty Jean Olson died on Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, of complications from
cancer. Betty was 81 and a resident of Ronan.
Betty was an elder of the Blackfeet Tribe, born in
Feb. 6, 1929, to Del and Salina Wilson. She was the fifth of six
brothers and sisters, Evie White (Bob), Ernie Mutch, Pearl Matt (Emil),
Delbert Wilson (Rose) and Lee Wilson (Frieda).
She attended elementary and high school in
college in Havre, where she majored in secretarial sciences. It was
here that she met and married her husband of 61 years, Norman Olson.
The couple lived in Browning, where Betty stayed home to raise their
seven children. Betty worked in local businesses after the family moved
to Ronan in 1965. In 1971, they bought a dairy farm in Charlo, where
Betty began raising goats and sheep. Betty was a skilled knitter,
spinner and crotcheter, and was a member of the Lake County Spinner’s
Guild. She made beautiful sweaters, mittens, and hats that kept her
husband, children and grandchildren gratefully warm during the winters.
After selling their dairy in 1995, the couple continued to raise a
small herd of sheep that Betty continued to perfect until she died.
Betty was the matriarch of the family, and was a
presence in all of her family’s lives. She leaves behind her husband,
Norman; and their seven children, Ernie Olson of Babb, Carol Olson of
Ronan, Celena Carroll (Jim) of Conrad, Janey Bjorgen (Jim), of Orting,
Wash., Penny Olson of Dillon, Dan Olson of Ronan, and Steve Olson of
Ronan. She is also survived by her 13 grandchildren, Amber McCardle,
Lucretia Olson, Elise Pilskalns, Tessa Coleman, Elizabeth Sivils, Tony
Tanner, Timothy Carroll, Harley Olson, James Olson, Paul Carroll,
Kelsey Carroll, Sam Carroll and Javan Carroll; her six
great-grandchildren, Dalton Olson, Debbie McCardle, Jasmine Glidden and
Angelo, Saint and Anna Pilskalns; brother Lee Wilson; and sister Pearl
Betty was preceded in death by her brothers Ernie
Delbert Wilson; her sister Evie White; her grandson Richard Glidden;
and her great-grandson Ethan McCardle.
We will all miss the strong, caring personality of
wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. We are heartbroken at
her death but happy that she will be with Jesus now. She will hold a
place in our hearts for the rest of our lives.
Joan (Bisson) Marquardt
PABLO — Juanita Joan (Bisson) Marquardt, 79, passed away at her home in
Pablo on November 19, 2010.
A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai
Tribe, she was
born in St. Ignatius on October 15, 1931 to Camille and Mary (Dixon)
Bisson. One of thirteen children, Juanita was educated at the Urselines
School in St. Ignatius. Following her graduation she married Donald
Collins, however, as with many things in life things did not work out
and they later divorced. She married Donald Marquardt and they made
their home in the Pablo area. A dedicated homemaker, mother and wife
she worked whatever odd job might be needed and in the potato fields in
the Pablo area.
She was preceded in death by Donald Marquardt;
Marquardt, Donald Collins II and Cindy Collins; as well as her brothers
She is survived by her daughters Jennifer
(Richard) Evans of
Troy, Debra Mercurio of Dayton and Kim Johnson of Pablo; sister Mary
Bisson; nine grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
A visitation was held at the Foster Funeral Home
Mass was held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Polson on
Wednesday, November 24 and burial followed in the Beauvais Decker
Cemetery in Polson.
"Ray" Cowan Jr.
RONAN — George "Ray" Cowan Jr., 81, a longtime resident of Ronan,
passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, surrounded by his
He was born on May 26, 1929, in St. Ignatius to
Alice Clairmont Cowan and George Cowan.
He was married to Joan Johns for 56 years, and had
children, Daniel (Pam) Cowan, David (Cindy) Cowan, and Jeanine (Dave)
Moore, all of Las Vegas; grandchildren Cicily (Kevin) Kelley, Katrina
(Paul) Shultz, Jennifer Moore, Deanna Cowan, Austin Cowan, Timothy
Moore, and Brandon Moore; great-grandchildren, Anna Kelley, Paige
Shultz and Kaeden Shultz. He is also survived by three sisters, Vivian
Frazier of Palo Alto, California; Lois Abbate of Mexico and Marion
McCoy of Pablo; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in
death by his mother and father; sister Wanda Strong; and brothers,
Howard Barnaby, Gene Cowan and Tommy Cowan.
George attended elementary school in Pablo and
then high school
in Ronan. He joined the Air Force and was stationed overseas during the
Korean War. He returned to Ronan for a short period, then moved to
Chicago to attend electronics school. He returned to the Flathead
Valley after several years, working in the construction trade. He left
the valley for Southern California, working with General Dynamics as an
electronics technician, then to Las Vegas with Bergen Brunswig working
as a Customer Marketing Consultant. He returned to Ronan in 1980,
working for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes as the
Personnel/JTPA Director for 14 years before retiring.
George is a lifelong member of the Confederated
Salish and Kootenai tribes.
George was an avid bowler for many years. He
pro football and the University of Montana Grizzlies. He had a great
love for the Flathead Valley. He split his time enjoying the summers at
a cabin on Lake Flathead and winter in Las Vegas with his children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Rosary services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday,
Nov. 12, at the
Immaculate Conception Church in Polson, with Mass of Christian burial
celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, also at the church. A
luncheon will follow services on Saturday. Graveside services will be
held later in the day at the Ronan Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations
in the name of George Cowan to the Boys and Girls Club of Ronan.
R. “Weezy” Jones-Charlo
ARLEE — Amanda R. “Weezy” Jones-Charlo, 27, joined the ancestors on
Monday, Nov. 29, 2010 from injuries sustained in an aut accident near
Born in Ada, Oklahoma to Gary Riley and Vanessa
Jones, she was
raised on the Flathead Reservation and educated in Polson and at Two
Eagle. A mother of five, she had taken time to start her family while
working various jobs and at Express Workout in Ronan; Kwatuqnuk in
Polson and Pigasus in Arlee and was getting ready to go back to school.
Amanda loved nothing more than caring for her children and husband.
is survived by the love of her life, her husband Wesley Charlo; her
parents Gary Riley of Oklahoma and Vanessa Jones of St. Ignatius; her
children Trestin, Rayona, Sienna, lil’ Wesley and Xavier; her siblings
Adam Tenas, Autumn Tenas and Josephine Jones; her grandparents Rita
Jones of St. Ignatius and Kenneth Jones of Kamiah, Idaho as well as a
large family of aunties, uncles and cousins from the Gobert, Jones and
Mass was held on December 3 at the Arlee Community