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For the Record
May 2015

Judith M. Burland Lehto
KALISPELL — Judith M. “Judy” Burland Lehto 73, passed away on May 29, 2015, after a short battle with cancer at Kalispell Regional Hospital. She was born on July 14, 1941, in St. Ignatius to Hubert and Wanda Burland; joining her brother, Hubert “Herb” Burland. She attended grade school at St. Mary’s Catholic school in Butte, and high school at all-girl Central and Butte High School.

She married Leonard “LeRoy” Long and moved to Idaho. Together they had three children, Cyndy, Steven and Lisa. In the late 1960’s, Judy attended cosmetology school in Idaho. LeRoy and her later divorced, she said she was never really happy, moving back to the Mission Valley, to her mountains as she would call them, that’s what made her truly happy. Judy met her life companion Jake. Judy and Jake did so much together. Their biggest joy was going to bingo and the casino. Jake died in 1998 of cancer and Judy took care of him to the end.

Working for S&K Electronics, Inc. was the best time of her working carrier, working 25 years there before retiring.

She was a proud member of the Salish Kootenai Tribes. She enjoyed going to Pow-Wows, camping, fishing, taking the bus to Coeur’ d’ Alene Casino to play bingo and gamble. Judy really enjoyed her retirement. She loved her animals Lily (dog), Suzie (cat) and her fish.

Judy’s biggest joy was having a good BBQ with her family. Judy is survived by her best friend Lily (dog), daughters Cyndy Long of Pablo, Lisa (Guy) Stinger of Pablo, son Steven Long of Seattle, Washington, 5 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Judy is preceded in death by her father Hubert, her brother Herb, step-father Ralph Strong, Jake Packard, mother Wanda and sadly her cat just days before she died.

Services will be held in Ronan at 10:30 a.m. on July 11, 2015 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with grave side services to follow.
A family potluck BBQ to follow and will be announced at the services.

Bertha Covington-Lampley
SPOKANE, WA — Bertha Covington-Lampley, age 77, passed away May 4, 2015 at her home after a lengthy illness.

She was born January 23, 1938 to Wilson and Clara Covington in Worley, ID. Bertha was the only daughter with seven brothers. She grew up in the small town of Worley and graduated high school there. She furthered her education at North Idaho College, University of Idaho and Gonzaga University.

She was a lifelong educator beginning in the public school system. She then pursued her passion for working within Native American Communities, advocating for Indian children and families, teaching about healthy lifestyles and prevention education. She often worked as a cultural consultant and resource for the local tribes.

The last few years she spent working to further the survival of native language as she was one of the few fluent speakers of the Salish dialect.

Bertha enjoyed spending time with her family, her pets, Spokane Chiefs hockey, horse racing, rodeo, traveling, reading, sewing, attending pow wows and cultural activities.

She is survived by her husband, Ray Lampley, daughters Lisa Russell (Floyd Finley – Usk, WA), Leslie Russell-Arnoux (Terry Arnoux), and granddaughter Angela Arnoux-Cutler (Thomas Cutler). Her brothers Earl Covington - Tacoma, Vern Covington- Worley, Truman Covington - Spokane, Michael Covington - Phoenix, and Raymond Covington - Coulee Dam and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, God children and friends.

Bertha is preceded in death by mother Clara in 1982, father Wilson in 2005, brothers Emery in 1997, Leo in 1998, and grandson Spenser in 1987.

She is forever cherished in the hearts of all her relatives and friends. She is and always will be dearly missed.

Rosary and Wake were held May 8, 2015 at Rose Creek Longhouse, Worley, ID and Funeral services May 9 at Rose Creek Longhouse. Final resting place is St. Michaels Cemetery, Worley, ID.

Elizabeth (Lizz) Antoinette Browning
RONAN — Elizabeth (Lizz) Antoinette Browning, 32, became heavens most beautiful angel on May 10, 2015, after putting up a long hard fight against metastatic breast cancer.

She was the third oldest of nine children, born to Patricia Kay McCrea of Ronan and Robert Lee Browning of Dixon, on September 26, 1982. She was raised at Ravais Creek in Dixon and moved to Ronan when she was 14. She studied psychology at Salish Kootenai College and finished her degree at Umpqua College in Roseburg, OR.

Her hobbies included cruising, yard sailing and visiting with friends and family. Her biggest value in life was being a wonderful mother to her three precious children.

Elizabeth was a proud member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribe, where she was loved by many. She will be remembered for her laughter, beautiful smile, vibrant personality and sparkling green eyes.

She is survived by her significant other, Justin Cahoon; daughter Sheraylah Pablo; Sons, Dakota James and Tayvn Cahoon - all of Roseburg OR; Three brothers - Josh Wagner and wife Michelle of Roseburg OR; William Browning and wife Lisa of Missoula; and Pierre Malatare Jr and companion Latasha Dempsey of Ronan; Five sisters - Dorothy Clay and Husband Roger of Roseburg OR; Linda Browning and Husband Benjamin Scott of Casper Wyoming; Phylicia Yellow Kidney; Angel Malatare and companion Nate Brooks; and Carmelita Malatare. As well as many other close friends and family.

She is proceeded in death by her nephew Cyril Brooks; uncles Mike McCrea; Kevin McCrea; Kim McCrea (Humphry) and Timothy Browning.

Elizabeth will be dearly missed, forever in our hearts and always remembered for her BEAUTIFUL SOUL AND PURE HEART.

Casyn Reynolds Cahoon
CHARLO — Our precious gift Casyn Reynolds Cahoon came to loving parents, Daniel and Alyssa and proud siblings Kealyn and Coen Cahoon, only to return straight back to our Heavenly Father on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Just his brief presence has blessed our lives for eternity.

Casyn was preceded in death by Leonard and Joan Lytle, Thelma Cahoon, William Niemeyer and Annie O’Neill.

Casyn leaves behind his parents, Daniel and Alyssa Cahoon; siblings, Kealyn and Coen; grandparents, Tim and Lorri O’Neill, Francis and Carol Cahoon, Jim and Nancy Eastham; and great-grandmother Thelma Niemeyer, along with numerous beloved uncles, aunts, cousins and extended family.

A small graveside service was held Saturday, May 23, at Pleasant View Cemetery, St. Ignatius. Condolences may be left at