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December 2005 Obituaries

RONAN -- Opal Leona Bones, 79, of Ronan, formerly of Polson, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005, at St. Luke Community Hospital in Ronan from natural causes. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband, Oliver (Ronan); a son, Stan, and wife Janet Bones (Bigfork); two grandchildren; a daughter, Gwen Nelda (Ronan); and two sisters, Lela Varnum (Lake Havasu City, AZ) and Dorothy Rose (Colorado Springs, CO). Memorials may be made in Opal's name to the Mission Valley Animal Shelter. No services are planned at this time and cremation has taken place.

LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- Billee Jo "B.J." Brabender, 22, died on Dec. 6, 2005, at Madigan Army Hospital in Ft. Lewis, WA, of complications related to schizencephaly. She was born at Madigan Hospital on June 15, 1983, to Dixie (Trahan) and Bill Brabender. B.J. will be remembered for her big beautiful smile and delightful laughter. She loved to listen to music and her nature sounds. She loved the rain and the warmth of the sun on her face. She is survived by her parents; two sisters, Jacquie Brabender (at the family home) and Marilee Trahan (Thane, WY); a biological brother, Joseph E. Olson (WI); her maternal grandmother, Mary Trahan (Tacoma, WA); paternal grandfather, Jack Brabender (Kalispell); aunts and uncles: Ron and Violet Trahan (St. Ignatius), Art and Gloria Trahan (Elmo), Mike and Caro Trahan (Ronan), Bob and Barb Hunt (Kalispell), and Willis Brabender (Anchorage); one niece, Lacey Mackie, and three nephews, Damian J-Luke Mackie, Nico Lyman and Dony Peterson, and a future brother-in-law, Grant Peterson (all of Thane). She also has numerous cousins and relatives throughout Montana. A special mention of her respite provider, Kathy Dawson, and her daughter, Linda, who spent many hours entertaining B.J. when she was at their home. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Lyman Luke Trahan; maternal great-grandparents, Philomene (Chic) Ducharme Trahan, Agnes Standing Bear Pichette, and James Pichette; paternal great-grandparents, Marlin and Alice Ream and Earl and Pearl Brabender; uncles Dale and Kim Brabender; and numerous other relatives. A wake was conducted in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Mass was celebrated on Dec. 11 in the St. Ignatius Catholic Church.

CHARLO -- Donald P. Brady, 76, died Dec. 22, 2005, in his sleep at home here. Donald was born to Bill Brady Sr. and Flossie Gullickson Brady in Great Falls on Jan. 11, 1929. He attended schools in Havre and Great Falls, graduating from Big Sandy High School in 1947. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War for four years. He worked for Three Rivers Electric Co-op in Fairfield for several years. He and relatives bought a farm at St. Ignatius. In 1984, they moved to Charlo to retire. He belonged to the Charlo Senior Citizens and served as the president. He loved woodworking and fishing. His parents preceded him in death, as well as two brothers, Tom and Bill, and a sister, Shirley Bond. He is survived by a sister, Coralie Allison (Charlo); several other nieces and nephews; and his many friends at coffee time. Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at a later date.

HOT SPRINGS -- Howard J. Buck, 89, of Hot Springs, died on Dec. 31, 2005, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. He was born on July 16, 1916, at Camas Hot Springs and graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1936. He married Ruth Gardiner in 1955. He was an avid sportsman. Howard enlisted in the Army in 1940, serving in the Medical Corps during World War II. He was a staff sergeant and honorably discharged in 1945. He and relatives purchased and operated a sawmill. He and his brother, Eddie, took over the operation of the family grocery store, Buck's Grocery, in Hot Springs, until his retirement in 1978. Howard served the community as a 65-year charter member of the Hot Springs Lions Club, fire chief of the Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Dept. and was involved with youth as a Boy Scout leader. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; one brother, Eddie; two sisters, Margie Fortner and Velma Roe. He is survived by his daughters, Claire Massey and husband Bill (Hot Springs), Kathy Andrews and husband Colin (Kalispell), Donna Andrews and husband Steve (Kalispell); one brother, Lonnie Buck (Missoula); one sister, Helen Pilgeram (San Jose, CA); nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held on Jan. 5 in the Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs. Military graveside services followed at the Lonepine Murray Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Ruth Buck's Education Scholarship Fund, c/o P.O. Box 603, Hot Springs, MT 59845. Condolences may be sent to the family online here.

MAYER, Ariz. -- Troy Lee Burgess, 36, died here on Dec. 20, 2005. He was a former resident of the Arlee area. Funeral services were held Jan. 4 at Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home in Prescott, AZ. nterment with military honors was held on Jan. 7 in the Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius, were he was laid to rest beside his mother, Vera.

MALTA -- Paul Delwin Evans, 74, of Polson, passed away on Dec. 27, 2005, in Malta, MT, from natural causes. He was born April 20, 1931, to Jack and Edwina Wilkinson Evans. He was married to Linda Morsette, who preceded him in death, and he later married Rose Dupuis in 1977, who also preceded him in death, along with his parents and a daughter, Julia Marie Greene. He is survived by his son, John, and wife Heather Evans (Malta); three stepsons David, Don and Darryl Cline (all of Polson); two stepdaughters, Dayle Cline (Riverside, CA) and Diane Cline Johnson (Polson); a sister, Delores P. Anderson (Myrtle Creek, OR); numerous nieces and nephews; two stepgrandsons, Kary Comeslast (Polson) and Michael Campbell (Missoula); two stepgranddaughters, Brandi Ramesar (Polson), Tisha Hutchison (Somers); and two great-stepgrandchildren Funeral services were held on Dec. 30 at the Grogan Funeral Home. Interment with military honors followed at Lakeview Cemetery.

CHARLO -- George Clarence Everson died on Dec. 14, 2005, at St. Luke Community Hospital in Ronan. George was born in St. Ignatius on May 1, 1918, to Samuel Clark Everson and Bertha Affia Johnson. George lived his entire life in western Montana. He married Veda Mae Decker, in 1946. They had one child, Cynthia. George retired after 30 years of service with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. After retirement, he continued to be a successful rancher and was active in the Charlo Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife Veda Mae (Charlo), and daughter Cynthia, son-in-law Karl Gabriel and grandchildren Arlyn and Cody Gabriel (all of Kennewick, WA). Funeral services were held on Dec. 17 at the Mission Valley United Methodist Church in Charlo. Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery in Ronan. Memorial donations may be made to the Mission Valley United Methodist Church or to St. Luke Community Hospital in Ronan.

MISSOULA -- Melanie MacCauley Gun Hammer died on Dec. 29, 2005, of cancer. Melanie touched many lives before and during her illness, because of her trust and faith in God and her absolute positive attitude.  The day she first heard the diagnosis and the seriousness of it, she told everyone no tears just prayers. Melanie was born on Nov. 3, 1961, in Ronan. She attended grade school in Polson and part of high school in Ronan, and then returned to Polson to graduate. Mel was an avid sports player, playing basketball, tennis, softball and bowling. She also enjoyed fishing. After graduation from high school, she further pursued her education by attending and graduating from DeVry Institute of Technology in Phoenix, AZ. Upon returning back home she met and married Wes Carpentier. The marriage later ended in divorce. On June 19, 1994, she met John Gun Hammer III, and they were married on March 14, 1999. Melanie worked her adult life in the medical field as a physician's receptionist and was also a licensed x-ray technician. She was last employed by Dr. John Smith in Missoula. Close relatives that preceded her in death were her grandparents Vince Hageboeck, Clyde and Stella McCauley, and August Ashley; and father-in-law John Gun Hammer, Jr. She is survived at the family home by her husband; son Logan Carpentier; daughter Selah Carpentier; step-daughters Ashley and Angelina Gun Hammer; mother Barbara Conley (Charlo); parents Wayne and Jeanie McCauley (Pablo); brothers Mike McCauley and Bob McCauley (Nevada), sisters Debbie McCauley (Pablo) and Teresa Nelson (Polson), a special "Lil" sister Daisy Gun Hammer (St. Ignatius); Grandma Georgia Benson (St. Ignatius) and Grandma Pearl Ashley (Polson). Wake services started Dec. 30 afternoon in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Closing services were Jan. 2 in the Longhouse. Burial followed in Snyelmn Sntmtmne.

VALLEY CREEK -- Orville Charles Hall, 47, died on Dec. 14, 2005, at the family home near Arlee. Orville was born on July 20, 1958, in Owyhee, NV, to Delphine (Cleveland) and Clarence Hall, Sr. A member of the Shoshone Paiute Tribe of the Duck Valley Reservation, Orville had worked as heating/cooling sheet metal worker, as a firefighter for 17 years and as a traditional hide tanner. Living several places, Orville and his wife returned to the area 12 years ago to live on her family's place. He is survived locally by his wife, Roxanna Whitworth (Arlee) and a large family in Nevada. Traditional wake and services were held in Owyhee, NV.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Roberta Ann Harding (formerly Roberta Ann Powell), 67, died on Dec. 1, 2005. Ann was born on Sept. 3, 1938, in Wareham, Mass., to Merle and Elizabeth Harris. Ann moved to Montana in the early 1960s where she met and married Jess Harding. Grandma Ann's greatest accomplishment was her family. Grandma loved to sew and do wood working crafts. Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her brother George Harris and her husband Jess Harding. Ann is survived by her brothers Carl Harris, Buzzy Harris and Paul Harris; her sisters Dolly Harris and Erlene Norman; her son John Harding (Amarillo, Texas); her son Chad Harding and wife Sheryl (Clinton); her daughter Tabitha Pearson and her husband Glen (Billings); her daughter Wendy Mitchell and her husband John (St. Ignatius); her son-in law, Jim Umphrey (St. Ignatius); and 12 grandchildren. A celebration of Ann's life took place on Dec. 7 at The Corner Stone Faith Center in St. Ignatius, followed by a burial service at Pleasant View Cemetery.

POLSON -- William Karl "Bill" Kayser died on Dec. 9, 2005. Bill was born on June 20, 1947, in Newark, N.J. He retired after serving law enforcement in Bozeman for 26 years, ending his career as the assistant chief of police. Bill moved to Polson in 2003. He loved walking his dog, Abby, and spending time cruising his boat on Flathead Lake. He was an avid outdoorsman. Bill was a well-known Montana Grizzly fan. Bill came to Montana in 1965 to study forestry at the University of Montana in Missoula. In 1966, he met his wife Peg at a concert and they were married in Kalispell in 1969. Bill and Peg moved to Bozeman in the mid-'70s to run a group home for teens. He soon joined the Bozeman Police Dept. as a patrol officer. He was known for his ability to generate revenue for the city. Bill is survived by his wife Peg and five children, Sarah and husband Will (Washington, D.C.), Erik (Missoula), Matt (Bozeman), Annie (Albany, N.Y.) and Scott (Missoula); and a brother, Bob, and his wife Julie and their children Kristi and Eric Bader and their sons, Jake, Danny and Michael Kayser. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Helmut and Eleanor Kayser. Services took place on Dec. 13 at Grace Bible Church in Bozeman. Donations may be made to the National Kidney Association in honor of Bill's nephew, Jake.

ST. IGNATIUS -- William Litzsinger, 65, of St. Ignatius, died from complications from leukemia on Dec. 5, 2005, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. He was born on Nov. 9, 1940, in St. Louis. Bill worked as a farrier for 30 years and enjoyed cycling, running and archery. His family includes his wife, Hope; sisters Gail Garthe and husband Robert, and Connie Lombard and husband Tom (St. Louis); brothers Ray Litzsinger (Green Bay, Wis.), and Gary Litzsinger and wife Susan (St. Louis). At this time no services are planned. The family suggests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or the Humane Society of Western Montana.

ARLEE -- Adrian Wesley McKee, also known as Ronnie Stanger, 54, died on Dec. 30, 2005, at the home of a friend in Pablo. Born on Dec. 24, 1951, in St. Ignatius, to Francis Stanger and Theresa Lozeau, he was raised in Noxon and Boise, Idaho, by his foster family. He started reassociating himself with his birth family as a teen. In 1970, he graduated from Capitol High in Boise and then joined the U.S. Army, serving until 1973. Adrian then went to school at the University of Texas, Flathead Community College, Salish Kootenai College (where he received his AA), the University of Montana and Boise State University. He worked several jobs while pursuing his education and had worked at Kicking Horse Job Corps, as a fisherman in Alaska and most recently for SKC Electronics in Pablo. He was preceded in death by a son, Ta'a; his mother; his foster parents; grandfathers Ed Lozeau and Blind Frank Stanger; brothers Mike Stanger, William Stanger, Isaac Adams, Thomas Mahseelah and Bobby Morigeau; and a sister, Theresa Piapot. Survivors include his son, Thoreau McKee (Idaho); his father and stepmother, Francis and Tiny Stanger (Lonepine); sisters Amelia and her husband Edwin One Salt, and Rhonda Quequesah; brothers Paul Mahseelah, Adrian (Melissa) Mahseelah, Injun Plant, Francis (Deanna) Auld and Frank (Glenda) Stanger; his foster family; as well as many friends, extended family members and many lady friends. A wake began on Jan. 1 at the Indian Senior Citizens Center in Polson. Funeral services were conducted on Jan. 3 at the Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Polson. Burial followed at the Decker-Beauvais Cemetery with military honors being presented at graveside.

HOT SPRINGS -- Alice Packer, 84, formerly of Plains, died on Dec. 29, 2005, at Evergreen Healthcare here after a long illness. She was born Aug. 7, 1921, in Crookston, Minn., to Christ and Johanna Rasmussen. After her father's death in 1927, she moved with her mother, sister Katherine, and brother Albert to Inverness. Alice attended schools in Havre and Inverness and graduated from Havre High School in 1939. After high school, she attended nursing school at Montana State College and became a registered nurse. In February 1943, as World War II began, she joined the Army Nurse Corps. Alice was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of first lieutenant. Following the war, she returned to Montana State University to complete her B.S. degree in nursing.Her nursing career took her from the old Northern Pacific Hospital in Missoula through Camp Roberts, Calif.; Vancouver Barracks, Wash.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Ketchikan, Alaska, and back to Bozeman. Alice was working as an operating room supervisor at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital when she met Robert J. Packer. They were married Sept. 13, 1952. Over the next 30 years, the family lived in Deer Lodge, Forsyth, Hysham, Conrad and Missoula. She and Robert retired in 1981 to Plains. Alice was preceded in death by her parents, sister Katherine and brother Albert. She is survived by her husband Robert (Plains), son Orin (Seattle) and daughter Marne (Kent, WA). Services were held on Jan. 7 at the First Lutheran Church in Plains.

PABLO -- Annaliesa McDonough Parker, 36, died on Dec. 11, 2005. Born on August 13, 1969, in Polson, to Jr. Stasso and Louise Andrew, she was adopted by Jack and Sophie McDonough at a young age. Annaliesa was raised and educated on the Flathead Reservation and began her family at a young age. She worked as a tree planter for CSKT Forestry, a flagger for numerous road construction projects and kept busy with many odd jobs. A beautiful young woman with many interests and skills, Annaliesa was learning the ways of her people and was enjoying the drumming and singing she was involved with. She sang with Native Heart. She was preceded in death by her adoptive mother, Sophie McDonough, and natural father, Jr. Stasso. She is survived by her partner, Glen Parker (Ronan); children Michael Parker, Barbara Parker, Bobbygale Parker, Lucy Parker, Glen Eggr, Darius Parker and Roxanna Parker; brothers Lyle (Shelly Jacobs) Andrew (Elmo), Brian (Sue) McCrea (Pablo) and Lewellyn Andrew (Missoula); sisters Tess Curley (Pablo), Lisa King (Alfred Bauer) (Ronan), and Sandra (Mike) Kenmille (Big Draw-Elmo); an adoptive sister Sharon (Richard) Evans (Missoula); her firstborn grandchild who is on the way; as well as many aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Traditional wake services began Dec. 12 at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with the rosary being recited the following day, also at the Longhouse. Funeral services were held on Dec. 14 at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Interment followed in the Calvary Cemetery in Ronan.

POLSON -- Mary A. Person, 65, of Polson, died on Dec. 29, 2005, at Evergreen Health & Rehabilitation Center here from natural causes. She was born on Sept. 27, 1939, in Tyler, Minn., to Walter and Alice Olson Truaux. She was preceded in death by her parents, and is survived by her daughter Wendy and her husband, Mark Fairchild (Polson); sons Scott and Paul Person (both of Missoula); nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service took place on Jan. 3 at the Grogan Funeral Home in Polson. Graveside services followed at Lakeview Cemetery.

PABLO -- Maryann Szabo Smith Reum, 80, died at home here on Dec. 9, 2005. Maryann was born on Aug. 20, 1925, in Harlen County, KY, to Joseph J. Szabo and Mary Violet Dewey. She lived in Majestic, KY, where her father was a coal miner. At the age of 13, she moved to Long Island, NY, to live with her mother and stepfather, Andrew Polash. While in New York she worked in the Army commissary and at Smalls Department Store. This is where she met Douglas Robert Smith, who was working in the Army Air Force training at the AFTS. At the age of 17, Maryann married Douglas in East Meadows, NY, on Nov. 23, 1943. The following March, Douglas was shipped out to the South Pacific. Maryann moved back in with her mother and worked in the silk mill where they made parachutes for the Army. She later worked at the Republican Aircraft factory putting together P38s. In November 1945, Douglas returned for his bride and brought her to his hometown of Helena. In 1947, they moved to Holter Dam at Wolf Creek and it was there that they raised their three children. In 1963, Maryann was diagnosed with breast cancer and survived. In 1968, they moved to Kerr Dam near Polson. Maryann and Douglas enjoyed racing, snowmobiling, dancing and bowling. She loved to raise flowers and garden. Douglas died in 1977. She married Leroy Reum in August 1983. They made their home in Pablo after Roy sold Ready Mix. Maryann filled her yard with flowers and enjoyed keeping her place nice. She and Roy bowled for years together. Roy died in 1997. She was preceded in death by her husbands; her parents; her sister, Rose Baker; a grandson, Sherann Strangeowl; and stepson Cliff Reum. She is survived by two sisters, Marie Jack and Elizabeth Stump, and two brothers, Joseph Szabo and Robert Szabo (all of Michigan); her daughter, Laura Loween (Pablo); two sons, Douglas Smith and his wife Mitzie (CA) and Daniel Smith and his wife (Polson); stepchildren Vern and Roxanne Reum, Wayne and Marsha Reum and Kathy Reum; granddaughters Leslie and Glenn Reum (Pablo), Jeannie and Dale Mataitas (Ronan), Maryjo and Josh Anderson (Swan Valley), Shari Cartwright (Pablo), Penny Cartwright (Pablo), Angie Eli (CA), Holly Smith (Ronan) and Daniel J.R. Smith (Polson). Also surviving are 17 great-grandchildren; eight step grandchildren; a fifth-generation great-great-granddaughter; two step great-great-granddaughters; and one step-grandson. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held on Dec. 21 at the Grogan Funeral Home in Polson. Inurnment followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Polson.

POLSON -- Dane Norman Rustad, 85, of Polson, died at his home here on Dec. 29, 2005, from natural causes. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held on Dec. 31 at the Kingdom Hall on Highway 93, south of Polson.

POLSON -- Berton Neal Shultz, 71, of Polson, died on Dec. 13, 2005, at his home here from natural causes. Bert was born on March 13, 1934, in Greene, Iowa, to Berton and Louise Shultz. He attended the University of Montana and received a bachelor's degree in business. Bert served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls. He was a well-known real estate agent and property developer in Missoula and Polson. He was a member of the Mission Valley BPOE. He enjoyed horses, fishing and boating, and his interests were his family and grandkids. His parents preceded him in death. His children, Beth Gregg (Salem, OR), Maureen Shultz (who lived with Bert in Polson) and Reid Shultz (Minneapolis) survive him, as do a son-in-law, Jeff Gregg (Salem), and three grandchildren, Allie, Aimee and Mason. He is also survived by his sisters, Bev Heidenworth, Honey Starkweather and Dot Watson (all of Iowa), and his dog, Mugs. No services are planned, and cremation has taken place. Memorials are suggested to the Mission Valley Animal Shelter, 239 Reservoir Road, Polson, MT 59860.

BENTON CITY, Wash. -- Kenneth L. Sias, 70, died on Dec. 10, 2005, at his home here. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Mable Sias; an infant brother, Bobby; and his first wife, Marjorie. According to his wishes, his ashes will be sprinkled in beloved Mission Mountains, where he spent many happy hours on his horse. There will be a memorial service in Ronan in the spring. He is survived by his wife, Susan; two sons, Kenneth C. (K.C.) and Cecil L.; two daughters, Victoria A. Weeks and Cynthia M. D'Adamo; two granddaughters, Shelby C. Sias and Ashley D'Adamo; three grandsons, Andrew Hendrix, Nick D'Adamo, and Zach Richardson; a brother, James L. Sias; and two sisters, Viola M. Potter and Donna J. Bennett. Ken loved his family, friends and horses through which he made many friends. He also loved telling stories of his adventures growing up on the Flathead Reservation. He was proud to be a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, as well as to have been a U.S. Marine who served his country.

POLSON -- Diane Marilyn (Vendt) Sullivan, 57, died on Dec. 15, 2005, at her home here after a battle with cancer. Diane was born on Aug. 12, 1948, in Mandan, N.D., to Hugo and Eleanor Vendt. After high school, she attended Bismarck Junior College and North Dakota State University. In June of 1970, she married Steve Nelson, with whom she had two children, Natalie Anne Nelson and Joel Stephen Nelson. After losing her parents, Diane and Steve were relocated to Spokane where they raised their family. In 1982, Diane met Robert "Bob" Sullivan, whom she married on Dec. 3, 1983. Diane worked for 23 years in the banking industry as a teller. The mountains and their grandbaby, McKinley, pulled Diane and Bob to Polson in 2000. Diane last worked for Community Bank of Ronan as a vault teller. Diane's family was always her No. 1 priority, including the many dogs and cats she befriended through the years. As a wonderful mother and loving wife, her hobbies included skiing, fly fishing, photography, traveling, spending time in the outdoors with her friends and family, especially at the family cabin on the Thompson River. In the fall of 2003, Diane harvested her first deer. "Mummy" was a beautiful artist with a clever wit, which made life very entertaining for those she loved. Her father Hugo Vendt and her mother Eleanor Vendt of Mandan, N.D., preceded Diane in death. Survivors include her husband Bob Sullivan, her daughter Natalie Nelson Colton and her husband Scott, her son Joel Nelson, her two grandchildren McKinley and Jack Colton, and her Weimaraner, Charley (all of Polson). Other survivors include her stepson, Shane Sullivan, and his wife Amy (San Diego) and countless other loving relatives and friends. A celebration and memorial took place on Jan. 7.

POLSON -- Sarah Summers, 82, of Polson, died on Dec. 16, 2005, at Mountain View Care Center in Ronan from natural causes. Preceding her in death were her husband in 1992; a daughter, Beverly Abeyta; a brother, Daniel Bradley Perkins Jr.; and her parents. She is survived by one daughter, Lana Osburn and husband Ray (Polson); a son, Dr. Francis "Bill" Summers Jr. and wife Nancy (Chicago); a sister, Leona Varner (Georgia); three grandchildren; and a son-in-law, Charles Abeyta (Kentucky). Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.

POLSON -- Lillian Strong died on Dec. 29, 2005, at her home here. Of tough Norwegian stock, Lillian was born on July 10, 1920, to James and Sophie Jacobson in Clitherall, Minn. She had five brothers and sisters. To finish school, she attended a boarding school in Fergus Falls, Minn. In St. Ignatius, Lillian met the love of her life, Robert H. Strong. They were married June 8, 1941. For about two years, Lillian lived in Seattle while Bob completed his Army service during World War II. They later moved to St. Ignatius to farm and run a dairy for the next 30 years. She was an accomplished seamstress and skill in decorating wedding cakes. She was always active in her church. She was the first female member of the St. Ignatius School Board. Several years ago, Lillian and Bob came to Polson to retire. Lillian worked at what used to be Andersons and Funk's stores and the Country Store. Lillian is survived by her husband Robert H. Strong and children, Sidney J. Strong (Seattle), David A. Strong (Chicago), R. Keith Strong (Great Falls), Wayne R. Strong (Lake Oswego, OR), Kenneth L. Strong (Goshen, CT), and Wendy G. Wilbanks (Aurora, CO). She also leaves 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service celebrating Lillian's life was held on Jan. 6 at the New Life Christian Center. Remembrances may be made to the Mission Fund of the New Life Christian Center, 1414 Second St. W., Polson, MT 59860; or Mark 2 Ministries (a ministry for adults with developmental disabilities), 20 Independence Ave., Lake Oswego, OR 97035. Condolences may be made sent to the family via email.


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