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August 2004 Obituaries

POLSON -- Doris M. Anderson, 81, Polson, died on Aug. 19, 2004, at the St. Luke Extended Care Facility in Ronan. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

POLSON -- Vera May Ashcraft, 86, died on Aug. 16, 2004, at her home here. Vera was born on May 9, 1918, in Hobson to Henry and Mabel Nygren. Vera played the piano and drums in a band that included Virginia. She obtained her advanced schooling in Indianapolis. Vera and her husband, Basil, moved to Helena in 1947, where she ran a hairstyling salon. They retired to Flathead Lake in 1976. She enjoyed traveling around the world, playing the organ, reading, crocheting, creating ceramics, canning, second guessing the stock market, and her family and friends. She was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Polson and a 54-year member of Eastern Star. Basil preceded her in death. She is survived by her children, Larry, Linda and Shannon; seven grandchildren; twin sister Virginia Dokken (Great Falls); sister Carolyn Smith (Kennewick, WA); and many nephews, nieces and relatives. Memorial services were conducted on Aug. 20 in Polson. Memorial donations may be made to Lake County Hospice, 711 Main St. S.W., Ronan, MT 59864.

POLSON -- Kane Funke, 20, of Kalispell, died from injuries received in Iraq on Aug. 13, 2004. He was a member of the U.S. Marines. Kane was born on July 12, 1984 in Missoula. He attended grade school in Polson, and high school in Kalispell, before graduating from Heritage High School in Vancouver, WA. He also attended a sea cadet program at Vancouver. He skipped his high school graduation ceremony to enter the Marine Corps' boot camp. He is survived by his mother, Stephanie Funke (Kalispell); a sister, Ashley Johnston (Kalispell); grandparents Tom and Patricia Funke (Polson); aunts and uncles Tom Funke, Gregg and Kathy Funke, Todd Funke, Eric and Julie Funke, and Matt and Theresa Funke; and numerous cousins. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on Aug. 20 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Polson. Burial with full military honors followed at Lakeview Cemetery. A memorial education fund in Kane's name for his sister will be set up at Community Bank Polson.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Mary Agnes "Aggie" Woodcock George died on Aug. 21, 2004, in Missoula. A member of the Conf. Salish and Kootenai Tribes, she was born on Nov. 21, 1942, to Leo (Michel) Conko and Josephine Woodcock. She was raised on the Flathead Reservation, and attended boarding schools including Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota. Aggie came from a very traditional family. She enjoyed traveling (living at one time in California and Washington), crocheting, reading and just being with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Leo (Michel) Conko and Josephine Woodcock Peuse; her adopted parents, Ken and Theresa Ness; a grandson; her sisters Jeanette Conko Torosian, Harriet Hammer and Geri Ashley Trahan; and a brother, Louis "Beaver" Conko. Survivors include her children, Teri Antoine (St. Ignatius), James Joseph "Jim Joe" Dempsey (Ronan), Marc Hill (Philadelphia), Shawn Hill (Lewes, DE), Guy Hill (Polson); 12 grandchildren, including Cyrus Antoine, whom she was raising; two great-grandchildren with one on the way; sisters Rosemary Grove (Polson), Jackie Conko Castillo (Usk, WA), and Clara Bourdon (St. Ignatius); brother James McKee (Polson); and many first cousins, who were raised as brothers and sisters to her: Dixon Curley (Ronan), Leenie Morigeau (Great Lakes, IL), Janice Ness (Billings), Liz Pierre (Polson), Dave Woodcock and Gary Woodcock (both of Oregon); Ed Ness, Bill Ness, LaVonne Ness, Millie Conko Camel, Helen Hendrickx, Eneas Conko and Joe Cahoon (all of Ronan); and Andy and Rita Woodcock, Virgie Woodcock, Dorothy Woodcock, and John Conko (all of St. Ignatius); and several aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. The wake began at the Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home and concluded at the Longhouse, both in St. Ignatius. Services were conducted on Aug. 19. Burial followed in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

HOT SPRINGS -- James A. Glasson died on Aug. 27, 2004, at the Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains. He was born on July 12, 1928, in Lewiston, ID, the son of Hubert A. and Alma (Jay) Glasson. James enlisted in the U.S. Army as a young man and dedicated nearly 21 years serving America. After retiring from the service, he enjoyed crocheting, cooking and traveling. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was preceded in death by his parents, a number of siblings, and his wife, Leona. He is survived by his wife, Jo; four children and their spouses, Brenda and J.D. Hart (Bullard, TX), Linda and Danny Trudeau (Granada Hills, CA), James Jr. and Becky (Fuquay-Varina, NC), and Timothy and Diana (Sanford, NC); two stepdaughters, Teri Hamilton (San Marcos, TX) and Melissa Hager (Elma, WA; 11 grandchildren; a brother, William Glasson (Nevada); and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. Cremation has taken place. No services are planned at this time. A memorial service is planned sometime next spring in North Carolina.

POLSON -- Laura Lee Todd Grant, 38, died on Aug. 14, 2004, from injuries sustained in a boating accident on Flathead Lake. Laura was born on Oct. 8, 1965, in Ronan. She graduated from Polson High School. Later she went on to play volleyball for Northwest Christian College in Eugene, OR. She also attended Salish Kootenai College and Eastern Montana College. Laura returned to Polson to help run the family business at Boettcher Park. At the time of her death, she was an administrative assistant for the Lake County Solid Waste Department. Laura married Edward Todd in Polson in 1990 and they had one son, Conrad. She and Ed later divorced but remained friends. Laura's favorite pastimes included fishing with Conrad and sitting around the campfire visiting with friends and family. Her greatest joys were Conrad, music, singing duets with her sister Tami, and animals. Laura was the daughter of Russell and Lillian Grant (Polson). Family members include her biological parents, Judy Iverson (OR), Russell and Susan Sartin (OR), and Ted and Shari Iverson (Billings); brothers and sisters Todd (NE), Don (WA), Richard (CA), Erik and Ryan Iverson (OR), Karen Tucker and husband Jerry (WA), twin sister Tami Hart and husband Randy (Polson), and Carmen Iverson (OR); and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Her extended family includes Bert and Cookie Todd (Charlo), Bill Todd (Kansas City, MO), and Kyle Todd and wife Veronica (Hereford, AZ). Funeral services were conducted on Aug. 19 at the New Life Christian Center in Polson. Burial followed at Lakeview Cemetery, Polson. Memorials may be made to the Mission Valley Animal Shelter in Polson or to an educational fund set up for Conrad Todd at First Interstate Bank, Polson, c/o Kristy.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Berna Mae (McKeever) Hayford, 75, died on Aug. 10, 2004, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Berna was born in St. Ignatius to Mona (Marcum) and James McKeever Jr. on June 21, 1929. Raised in the Post Creek, she graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1948. Shortly after graduation, she married Art Graham and they had two sons, Robert and Stanley. She later married Gerald "Jerry" Hayford. To this marriage were added Walter and Mona. She was also married to Ray "Cub" Baylor. Berna loved her children, animals and flowers. She enjoyed bingo, checking out thrift stores, visiting with friends, and gambling. She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; her son, Walter; her brother, Lester McKeever; and a niece, Jamie McKeever. Survivors include Stanley Graham and Mona (Cabe) Hayford, and Bob Graham; nieces Rita McKeever and Leslie LeBeau and their families; and nephews Allen and Casey McKeever of Oregon. In accordance with her wishes, cremation has taken place and she was laid to rest on the grave of her son. Graveside services were held on Aug. 14 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

POLSON -- Robert S. "Bob" Hout of Valley View died of natural causes on Aug. 25, 2004. Bob was born on June 4, 1922, on a ranch 25 miles south of Miles City to Charles A. Hout and Dora (Lippert) Hout. He married Nelda Rebhon in the 1940s. This marriage brought forth a set of twin boys, Robert J. and Ronald W., and later Caroleia, then two more boys, Charles and Melvin. Robert and Nelda later divorced. He then married Jackey Davis, and they were together until her death. In 1948, Bob moved to Polson, where he worked for the Dewey Lumber Co. and the Plum Creek Lumber Co. After almost 30 years of work, he retired to live on his ranch in Valley View. Robert was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Charles "Bud" and Fritz; and his son, Ronald W. Survivors include a brother, Frank Hout (Alaska); sisters Dorothy Adrian (Florida) and Viola Abrams (Baker); sons Robert J., Charles and Melvin; daughter Carol Matt; many grandchildren; and a few great-grandchildren. In honoring his wishes no funeral services will be held. He was laid to rest at Lake View Cemetery in Polson.

POLSON -- Grant Julian Hovde died on Aug. 3, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital here from natural causes. He was born on Dec. 3, 1910, in Harvey, ND, to Jeremiah and Laura (Fransen) Hovde. He grew up in North Dakota and moved to Washington at the age of 16. He worked as a farm laborer and at the shipyards during World War II. He later moved to Spokane and worked as a carpenter, a brand inspector and at the stockyards. He moved to Montana in 1951 and managed a ranch in the Valley Creek area. He lived in Ronan before moving to Polson, where he has lived since. He married Ada VanDyke; she passed away in 1978. He married Elma Dunwald Harris on May 21, 1979. He was lifetime member of the Old-Time Fiddlers District No. 1, the Accordion Association, Mission Valley Elks and was one of the first state directors for the Montana High School Rodeo Association. He was the barn superintendent for 16 years at the Lake County Fair. He was the trail master for the wagon train ride for 14 years and participated for 50 years at the National Bison Range ‹ spending 30 of those years as a calf brander. In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his wife, Elma (Polson;) two daughters and their husbands, Juanita and Ted Schall (Arlee) and LaDonna and Joe Fryberger (Charlo); eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; an adopted granddaughter, Ann Pierce (Apache Junction, AZ); one sister, Alice Swenson (Arlington, VA); and numerous other relatives. Funeral services were conducted on Aug. 9 in Polson. Interment followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Polson.

RONAN -- Rosala David Ivy died on Aug. 21, 2004, at St. Luke Community Hospital here of natural causes. She was born in Stevensville on Jan. 3, 1931, to Mollie and Henry David. The family lived in St. Ignatius, Round Butte and Polson and then settled in Ronan, where Rosala attended school, graduating in 1949. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Spokane. She worked for a time as a switchboard operator, and later got a job at Fairchild Air Force Base as a civilian employee. There she met and married Airman Riley Ivy, and the couple moved to Victoria, TX, to be near his family. They later divorced. She then transferred to Seattle, which was followed by Colorado Springs, CO, and Wisbaden, Germany, where she worked with the Strategic Air Command for ten years. Upon returning to the States, she worked at the Pentagon and the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. She retired in 1986 and returned to Ronan. She attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church and enjoyed teaching the Sunday school children. In 1998 Rosala was struck blind as the result of surgery. She lived on her own with the help of family and friends for the next six-and a-half years before other complications set in and she needed extra care. She was preceded in death by her son, Thomas Henry; her parents; brothers Henry, Benny, Edward and John; and five sisters, Esther David, Marie Hamel, Martha Jones, Sue Davies and Letha Hassell. urvivors include her brothers Jake David (Oakridge, OR) and William David (Helena); and sisters Eva Myers (Oakridge), Freda Francis (Clarkston, WA), Betty Bear (West Richland, WA), Ruth Ann Gregg (San Carlos, CA), Billie Mae Jackson (Ronan) and Darline David (Portland, OR). Funeral services were conducted on Aug. 26 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ronan followed by interment at Mountain View Cemetery. The family requests memorials to the Bread Basket in Ronan, Habitat for Humanity or a charity of the donor's choice.

ELMO -- Donald Sigurd Jensen died on Aug. 3, 2004, at his home here of natural causes. He was born on April 12, 1925, to Walter and Lillie Jensen. He attended school in Polson until joining the Navy. Upon returning from the Navy, he completed his high school education with the Polson High School class of '45. He later attended Montana State Univ. and became an operating engineer before assuming ownership and operations of the Jensen family ranch. On Feb. 15, 1957, he married Carrie Anna Marshall in Polson. Donald was a lifelong member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council. He was a member of VFW Post 2986, DAV, American Legion Post 112, Elks Lodge 1695, and a charter member of the Mission Valley Chapter of the Sons of Norway. He is survived by his wife, Carrie (Elmo); sons Sigurd M. (Elmo) and Leif D. and wife Nancy (Fort Wayne, IN); brothers and sisters and their spouses: Walden and Bernice Jensen (Missoula), Nordis and Ron Baker (Tacoma, WA), Dolores Franzen (San Diego), Doris and Harlis Hansen (Edmonds, WA), and Wayne and Karen Jensen (Kalispell); four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Services were conducted on Aug. 10 in Polson with interment following at the Lakeview Cemetery with military honors.

RONAN -- Lillian M. Krebs died on Aug. 12, 2004. She was born May 2, 1910, in Keuterville, ID, to Matt and Marie Pedersen. In 1917, the family moved to eastern Montana near Circle, where Lillian attended the Hell Creek School and graduated from the eighth grade. On Oct. 10, 1931, she married William Hillebrand; they farmed near Sidney and later Ronan until Bill's death in 1967. Lillian later met Larry Krebs whom she married on Oct. 17, 1969, and continued ranching west of Ronan. Lillian also worked as a retail clerk. Lillian's green thumb was evident in her ability to grow the most beautiful flower garden in the neighborhood. She was also an avid craftswoman and an expert at making "the best sauerkraut around." She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry; her parents; sisters Anna Rector, Carrie Nagle, Bodil Nagle and Julia Enneking; and brothers Hans and Carl Pedersen. She is survived by a sister, Marie Duval (Trout Creek); numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and a very special friend, Mardell Smith. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lake County Hospice, 711 Main St. S.W., Ronan, MT 59864. Services were conducted at the Pablo Christian Church on Aug. 18.

POLSON -- Trygve "Trig" Merle Kvande died at his home here on Aug. 28, 2004, from natural causes. Trig was born on May 2, 1919, in Alamo, ND, to Gunnar and Mathilda (Sandaker) Kvande. He attended school and graduated in ND. He moved to Bremerton, WA, and worked as an instrument maker in the shipyard during World War II. He married Theresa "Tracy" Smith in Bremerton on Jan. 31, 1944. They lived in Washington, D.C., then moved to Havre, where he owned and operated Trig's Electric Supply for 40 years. He was also a master electrician. Trig and Tracy moved to Polson in 1988 where he was semi-retired. He served as governor of the Montana Electrical Contracting Assoc. and was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Toastmasters, Eagles, Elks and the First Lutheran Church in Havre. He was also an active member in the Girl Scout program and was the past president of the Havre and Polson Sons of Norway. He enjoyed pack trips in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, snow skiing, and flying airplanes. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughters Joyce Kvande and Nancy McCracken, brothers Gordon, Herman, Alvin and Earling, and sister Malinda Anderson. He is survived by his wife, Tracy (Polson); son Duane A. Kvande (Longview, WA. and currently serving in Kuwait with the Army National Guard); two daughters, Sally and her husband, David Chvilicek (Havre) and Paddy and husband Barry Damschen (Helena); six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Selmer (Grand Forks, ND) and Clarence (Great Falls); four sisters, Verna Nelson (Dalton, MN), Helen Smith (Port Orchard), Bernice Eid (Columbia Falls) and Florence Westerso (Great Falls). Funeral services were conducted on Sept. 2 at the First Lutheran Church in Havre. Burial followed at the Highland Cemetery.

BIG ARM -- Joseph E. Matt, 80, died of natural causes at his home here on Aug. 12, 2004. Joseph was born March 15, 1924, in St. Ignatius to Rose and Louis Matt. Joseph married Sophie ³Erma² Kallowat in Polson on July 22, 1946. He was a member of the Salish-Kootenai Tribes. He served with the Army in the South Pacific during World War II and was discharged as a staff sergeant. He was a member of the Northwest Ironworkers Assoc.; he received his 50-year pin this past April. He was also a member of the Polson VFW # 2986. Joseph worked on the Libby, Hungry Horse, Kerr, Noxon and Bridgeport (WA) dams. He also worked at the papermill in Missoula, the aluminum plant in Columbia Falls, and on underground missiles in Great Falls and Glasgow. His interests included powwows, playing stickgames, horse races, country music, powwow songs, sports on TV, boxing, golf, spending time in his yard and with his family and dog Axel, and watching his son, Rik, teach and play golf. In his younger days he loved being in the woods cutting Christmas trees. He was the last of seven brothers and three sisters. Joseph is survived by his wife and best friend of 58 years, Sophie; sons Rik Matt (Big Arm) and Robert McCrea (Pablo); a daughter, Barbara Clark and her son, Robert Joseph Clark (Kalispell); and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by two sons, Dean Matt and Randall Lee; and his parents. The wake started on Aug. 13 at the Elmo Hall. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on Aug. 14 in Elmo. Burial with military honors followed in Dayton. A memorial will be set at a later date. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

BUSBY -- Mathias Lee Michel III (also known as Kamnuqtunicnapku or "White Moose" and Robby Big Back) died on Aug. 4, 2004, of injuries sustained in a one-vehicle car crash west of Lame Deer. He was born on Jan. 3, 1979, in Crow Agency, to Mathias Michel Jr. and Christine Big Back. He grew up in the Busby area, attending schools there and in Kamiah, ID. Following his education, he worked as a laborer in Billings, Ronan and Tacoma. He was a member of the Conf. Salish-Kootenai and Northern Cheyenne tribes. Mathias traveled extensively throughout the northwest U.S. and was a member of the White River Cheyenne Mennonite Church and the Northern Cheyenne Kit Fox Society. His parents and grandparents -- Lucy Michel, and Robert and Gladys Big Back Sr. -- preceded him in death. Survivors include his son, Colton Two Moons (Billings); sister Bethany Redwoman; brothers Caleb Big Back and Clyde Redwoman Jr.; his grandfather, Mathias Michel Sr.; his grandmothers, Marie Little Wolf and Madeline Yellowrobe; aunts Marie Brady, Roberta, Gail and Jenny Big Back, Geneva Glenmore, Diane and Linda Michel; uncles, Larry Big Back Sr., Ronnie Big Back Sr., Robert Big Back Jr., Leslie Big Back Sr., Gordon and James Big Back, and Wilbert, Gilbert, Victor, Leonard, Lee Vi and Keith Michel; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Wake and funeral services were held in Busby.

RONAN -- Sandra I. Molzhon died on Aug. 8, 2004, at the Westside Care Center here from complications of muscular dystrophy. Sandy was born on May 15, 1944, in Aitkin, MN, the daughter of Jerry and Clara Larson. She moved to Ronan in 1959 with her grandmother Nell Larson. In 1962 Sandy graduated from Ronan High School. Sandy and her grandmother owned and operated the Park and Eat Cafe. She met George Molzhon in high school and they were married in 1963. Sandy loved to sew, quilt, do crafts, fish, play bingo and visit with older people. She was active in the Senior Center and had worked for Lindburg Drug, Norg's Laundry and had cooked for the Forest Service. She is survived by five children, Scott, Tracy, Lorrinda, Joshua and Jolene; four grandchildren, Bradley, Zon, Jesse and Tabin; along with two brothers and two sisters. Memorial services were conducted on Aug. 11 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ronan.

RONAN -- Clare Yvonne Courville Rogers, 55, died on Aug. 19, 2004, at St. Patrick's Hospital in Missoula. A member of the Salish Kootenai Tribes, she was born on Feb. 21, 1949, in St. Ignatius, to Alexander Courville and Elsie (Bisson) Courville. She was raised in the Pacific Northwest. Clare married Billie Carl Rogers in 1969. Upon Bill's retirement from the Navy, the family made its home in Ronan. Clare worked for Joe's Jiffy Stop Pablo for the past ten years until her health forced her into retirement. She was a well known practical joker who also enjoyed bingo and keno. When time permitted she crocheted. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Delores and Marlene; and granddaughter Suzie Q. Survivors include her husband, Bill (Ronan); her children, Mary Adele Rogers and Jason Rogers (both of Ronan); her brothers and their spouses, Fred (Polson), Henry and Tammy (Ronan), Kenneth and Cindy (Pablo), and Alex and Judy (Missoula); sisters and their spouses, Leona (Ronan), Connie Carns (Yuma, AZ), Laura Villegas and Mike (Wapato, WA), and Donna Lee and Wade (Albuquerque); and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends she considered family. Traditional wake services were conducted at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Mass was celebrated on Aug. 23 in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment followed in the Ronan Cemetery.

POLSON -- Eugene Johan (Gene) Schmidt died on Aug. 23, 2004. He was preceded in death by a son, Larry; brother Les; sister Lorraine; and four grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia (Matt); children and their spouses Charles and Laurie, Cynthia and Fred, Lugene and Oscar Perry, John and Kathy, Daniel, Denise and Allan Benninger, Heidi and Carl Sotomish, Timothy, Terri and Larry Ertz, James and Bridgett, Gail and Larry James, and Dee-Andra; 42 grandchildren; 56 great grandchildren; brothers Donald and Duane Luther; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held at the First Christian Church in St. Ignatius.

POLSON -- Joseph C. Schumacher died on Aug. 27, 2004, at Village Health Care in Missoula. He was born on Jan. 17, 1935, to Tony and Eula (Couture) Schumacher in Missoula. He was an enrolled member of the Conf. Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He attended schools in Polson and Kalispell. He graduated from Flathead County High School in Kalispell in 1953. He continued his education in Los Angeles at the Art Center School of Design. He served in the U.S. Army in the late 1950s. Joseph married Judie Stigers; they later divorced. During the early years of his art career he did commercial art for advertising agencies as well as private clients. After several years in this capacity he made the decision to devote all his time to his art and left the corporate world. His works were exhibited in many galleries throughout the western U.S., including President Nixon's Western White House in LaJolla, CA. Throughout his life he lived in a variety of locales including San Francisco, Los Angeles and Depoe Bay, OR. Joseph leaves behind a son, J. Spencer (Inglewood, CA); a daughter, Jasa (Denver); his brother and sister-in-law, Jon and Ione Schumacher (Missoula); as well as great-aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews and other family members. A graveside service was held on Aug. 31 at the Lakeview Cemetery in Polson. The family suggests memorials to Salish Kootenai College in Pablo.

POLSON -- Helen Elizabeth Sevier, 89, died on Aug. 18, 2004, at the Kalispell Regional Medical Center. She was born to Curtis and Verna Shoemaker on March 29, 1915, in Mitchville, IA. She joined two brothers and became part of a family of 10. The family later moved to Creston. Helen graduated from Flathead County High School and Modern Beauty School in Missoula. She worked for a short time before marrying Gene Sevier on Dec. 3, 1939. They were married for 64 years. Helen and Gene ranched and farmed at Dayton in the early years and at Round Butte for more than 40 years. Helen enjoyed cooking, sewing and gardening. Her favorite hobby was square-dancing; she also enjoyed bowling and liked to beat Gene at cards. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Carl and John; sister Marguerite; and a granddaughter. She is survived by her husband, Gene; daughters, Janet and her husband LeRoy Lafrinire (Polson) and Margaret McAllister (Ronan); three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and siblings Hugh and Virginia (both Kalispell), Grace Bell (WA), George and Bette (OR), Mary and Stan Preskitt (TX), Glen and Charlotte (KS), Doris Lockridge (WA) and Stan and Daisy (Kalispell). Services were conducted on Aug. 23 at the Pablo Christian Church.

PABLO -- Daisy Belle Songer Richards, 91, died at her home here on Aug. 18, 2004. She was born on Feb. 4, 1913, in Almira, WA, the daughter of Andrew J. and Clara (Bachman) Songer. She was an avid outdoorswoman and loved riding horses throughout the west. Packing in the backcountry was her favorite pastime. She loved riding her beloved campanion, "Hombre." She was also a master hunter and fisherwoman. She had hiked around Indian ruins in Arizona and New Mexico, and at the age of 71, spent five weeks panning for gold in the mountains of Montana. When she was not out riding with her husband, Ken, she enjoyed gardening. She grew fruits and vegetables for canning and turned her home into a rainbow of colors with flowers. She was preceded in death by daughter Jennette Clara Violette, stepchildren George Thomas Richards and Vickie Richards, and sister Helen Songer Spencer. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Owen Richards (Pablo); stepdaughter Adelia Richards Downer (Las Vegas); grandchildren Kurt A. Folden (Pablo) and Clint Folden (Arlee); four great grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; her sisters, Esther Songer Titcomb and LaVonne "Bunny" Songer Pierce (both of Pablo). A wake was conducted at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Aug. 24 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment followed at the Mountain View Cemetery in Ronan.

RONAN -- Dorcas Kelleher Zimmerman died here on Aug. 6, 2004, of natural causes. A third-generation Montanan, Dorcas often talked about an idyllic childhood in Stanford. Trips to the Little Belt Mountains and playing piano in a dance band were among her favorite memories. She also loved her church, family, cats, walking, solitude, music, reading, traveling and especially chocolate. She met Walter Zimmerman at the Univ. of Montana and married him after graduation in 1937. Upon Walt's retirement, the couple attended UM for a year while Dorcas completed her master's degree in music. She continued to teach piano in Billings until they moved to Hot Springs in 1994. After Walt's death in 2000, Dorcas lived a year in Seattle and then settled in at Lily of the Valley near Pablo. She is survived by her daughter, D'Anne, and her husband, Jack Stevens (Bothell, WA); her son, Lee Zimmerman and Jo Rainbolt; her sister, Barbara Holzer; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial Mass was celebrated on Aug. 9 in Hot Springs. Graveside services followed at the Plains Cemetery.


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