For the Record...
Helen Elizabeth Mull Bouchard
POLSON - Helen Bouchard, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great
grandmother, aunt and friend, went home to her parents the morning of
November 29th, 2006. Helen was born October 29, 1930 to Ella and Gordon
Mull in Gallatin Gateway, Montana. She married a man that her father
warned her against and for 56 years they lived and loved together.
Helen is survived by her husband, Charles "Pat" and their children:
Patty, Terry (Jerry), Alan and Dawn (Julio), 12 grandchildren and 17
great grandchildren with another expected in January 07.
Helen spent her early years
raising their 4 children. As a family they enjoyed bowling,
water-skiing and snow skiing. She was also an accomplished knitter and
seamstress. Helen loved being outdoors no matter the weather.
Springtime found her putsying in her garden, summertime she fought the
deer from eating her flowers, fall she was cleaning up the pine needles
and winter she would enjoy the crispness of the air.
Helen was part of a very large
and close family. She is pre-deceased by her parents, sister Janie and
brother Horace. She leaves behind 4 sisters, Gladys, Dot (Ting), Evelyn
"Ev" (Tom) and Lavina "Sandy" (Lee) and her brother Frank (Tony), and
numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews. All who
knew Helen loved her, for she had the knack of always making them feel
welcome and comfortable in her home. Her family came together in Polson
to mourn their loss, but more importantly to celebrate her life. We
will miss her quiet wisdom and sage advice; she taught us all well and
now we go on as she would have wanted us to, loving our families and
living each day to enjoy the simple pleasures that life hands us.
In lieu of flowers, please
send memorials for Helen to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1002
4th Ave East, Polson, MT 59860. Memorials will be forwarded to "Share
the Spirit" or "Helping Hands" both local children's charities.
Memorial will be held on
December 6th, 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church,
1002 4th Ave East, Polson, MT 59860. Lunch will be provided after the
JoAnn "Girlie" Hammer
RONAN - JoAnn "Girlie" Hammer, 57, of Woodcock passed away Sunday, Nov.
26th on her mother's birthday at St. Patrick's Hospital in Missoula
while surrounded by family.
A member of the Confederated
Salish & Kootenai Tribe, she was born May 6, 1949 in St.
Ignatius, Montana to Madeline Barnaby & Joseph Weaselhead.
Raised on the Flathead reservation, she received her formal education
at Flandreau Indian School.
JoAnn married Sam Hammer and
they made their home in Ronan where they started their family.
JoAnn was a loving mother, who
was the champion for kids and enjoyed being with her grandkids. She was
also the family pet keeper and loved her dog "Bugs" so much that she
gave him the honorary title of Mayor of Woodcock. She enjoyed flashy
clothing, sewing and beading as well as the company of her friends. She
will be dearly missed.
Preceding her in death are her
parents, her husband Sam, a son David, a sister Stella and brothers
Marvin & Leslie Allen Weaselhead.
She leaves behind her loving
family of children Mike Hammer of Ronan, Brenda Hammer (Patrick Lozeau)
of Pablo and Renae Hammer of Ronan; grandchildren Shaun, David, Roberta
& Eric Hammer; brothers Francis (Nightwind) Weaselhead of
Sumpter, OR, Dalon (Susan) Weaselhead of St. Ignatius, Joseph (Linda)
Weaselhead of Ronan, John, Arnold and Gerald Weaselhead of Pablo,
Anthony Weaselhead of Missoula and David R. Weaselhead of Bonners
Ferry, ID; sisters Violet Weaselhead of Charlo, Madeline "Pebbles"
(Bobby) Weaselhead of Pablo, Betty (Dave) Van Haverbeke of Pablo;
foster parents Bill & Georgie Koll of Ronan; foster sisters
Mary Koll of Ronan and Vanita Lozeau of Ronan and foster brother Carl
Finley of Missoula.
A traditional wake began
Tuesday evening at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius with the Rosary being
recited at 8 pm Wednesday in the Longhouse. Wake closing will begin at
10 am Thursday in the Longhouse with Mass being celebrated at 11 am
Thursday in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission
Sandra Leann McJoe
SPOKANE - Sandra Leann McJoe passed away at her home in Spokane,
Washington on November 13, 2006.
Sandra was raised in
GreatFalls, Mt and in the Yakima valley before moving to Spokane in the
early 70's. Sandra later moved to the Flathead reservation in the early
80's to further her education at Salish/Kootenai college in Pablo.
There Sandra graduated with an Associates degree in management and
office professions. Due to a car accident in 2003 Sandra had to move
back to Spokane with her family where she lived untill her departure.
Sandra will be truly missed by
her family and friends from Montana, Washington, and Oregon.
Services were held on November
17, 2006 in Wellpinit, Washington where she rests next to her niece
Margaret and many other family members. Sandra's family will miss her
She leaves behind her mother,
Margaret LaMere, five sisters, Debrough McJoe, Vicki LaMere, Selena
LaMere, Theresa LaMere, Mary Stilson and one brother, Joseph LaMere,
her side kick Panama Red and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sandra is proceded in death by
her niece Margaret Cordova, and her step-father Joseph LaMere.
Doris McHenry Neidt
RONAN - Doris McHenry Neidt age 73 of Ronan, Mt. went to be with the
Lord, Jason and her mom on Thursday November 9, 2006 at St. Patrick
Hospital in Missoula from natural causes. She was born August 7, 1933
in Livingston, Mt. to Warren and Christine Arnold McHenry. She attended
schools in Idaho and moved back to the Gallatin Valley before moving to
the Mission Valley in 1969. Doris married the love of her life Jason
Neidt on August 19, 1977 they spent 27 years together before Jason
passed away in 2004.
She liked quilting, playing
Keno and Yatzee with her family along with crocheting and camping.
Doris was a very classy lady, dressed nice, very good hearted and loved
her family very much, enjoyed laughing and was not afraid to express
herself. Doris meant the world to the Neidt family and they loved her
She was preceded in death by
her parents husband and a grandson Rodrick. Doris is survived by her
children Cindy (Mark) Buckolz of Two Dot, Mt, Jackie (Dale) Callatine
of Sand Point, Idaho, Lloyd Geary (Bambi) of Ronan, Mt. Theresa (Mark)
Hartung of Pablo, sisters Lola Cloniger of Helena, Mt, Jean Sullivan
and Ellen Wiegly both of Belgrade, Mt. Bother Jerry Zindler of Helena,
along with 5 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She will be
missed by all of her family and friends.
Visitation will be held on
Sunday November 12, 2006 from 12pm to 5 pm in the Grogan Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be held on Monday November 13, 2006 at 11:00 am
at the Ronan Cemetery with Rev. Karen McRae officiating. Condolences
may be sent to the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com
Jacqueline Ann David
POLSON - Jacqueline Ann David, 62, of Polson, passed away quietly in
her sleep Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
Jacqueline, known as Jackie
to family and friends, was born on Oct. 24, 1944 in Michigan, the
second oldest of seven siblings. Her parents were Ira and Lois Helsel.
Our dear mother was quite
the adventuress; she loved traveling throughout this great land of
America. She always made a joke of having gypsy blood because she loved
to gaze at the wondrous mountains and deserts in her travels. But even
though she traveled many years while she was with us, she always
returned home to us in the Mission Valley.
She spent 13 years working
at Joe's Jiffy Stop. In that time she met many people who became her
She was well known as a
great cook. She loved to cook; she could spend hours cooking and was
proud that she could make a meal and share it with her family and
She enjoyed talking and
spending time with her friends, and in between those times you could
always find her relaxing while reading a good book.
She loved her children very much and would spend as much time as she
could with them; she would picnic with her children or call one of them
to go for that "Road Trip."
She is survived by her
children, Mary Lou Watkins of Ronan, Francis Jacob David II "Jake" of
Harrisburg, Pa., Michelle David of Hayes and Jason David of Polson.
Grandchildren are Ross Harkness stationed in South Korea with the U.S.
Army, Stephanie Harkness of Pablo and family Jody and Wanda Sias and
their children, Kim Jeriko, Latoya and Novalee; and her dear friends,
Rita Mahoney, Jim and Pat McAlpin and Margaret "Binky" Hall.
Funeral services will be
held in Ronan at the Ronan Christian and Missionary Alliance Church
with Pastor Jeff Kingery presiding. It will begin at 10 a.m. Monday,
Nov. 13. Cremation will follow the services.
The family wishes to thank
all of her friends and family members, and we especially would like to
thank the staff at St. Patrick Hospital for making our mother's last
few days with us as comfortable as possible.
Karl Duane Pinkerman
MISSOULA - Karl Duane Pinkerman passed away on Friday, November 10,
2006 at Community Medical Center in Missoula after a long and
courageous battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Duane was born in Denver,
Colorado on June 24, 1928 to Karl Clifton Pinkerman and Violet Hazel
(Gauss) Pinkerman. He was raised in Anaconda, Montana until 1941 when
the family moved to the East Shore of Flathead Lake.
Duane graduated from Polson
High School in 1947 and then worked at Security State Bank in Polson
for one year after which he enrolled in Eastern Montana College in
Billings where he earned a degree in education. Duane taught in
Rollins, Noxon, White Sulphur Springs, Three Forks and Hardin, Montana
where he retired after 37 years of teaching, 32 of which were in Hardin.
While teaching in Hardin, he
met Ruth (Lewis) Giles. On May 27, 1960 they were married in Three
Forks, Montana and were married for 46 years. He retired in 1999 and
returned to the East Shore of the Flathead Lake where he had a cherry
orchard business for over 30 years. In 2002 he turned over the orchard
business to his daughter and son-in-law Kari and Mike Nelson.
Duane belonged to Bethany
Lutheran Church in Bigfork, the Montecahto Club and the Yellow Bay Club
along the East Shore and the Masonic Lodge in Polson and The Order of
the Eastern Star in Hardin where he was Past Patron. Also throughout
the years he was involved in the Montana Wildlife Federation and the
Hardin Rod and Gun Club.
He was an avid hunter and
fisherman and spent many years in the hills and rivers of Big Horn
County doing what he loved to do. He also loved to cook and was known
for his cookies and candy making. In addition, Duane had great interest
in gardening and horticulture.
His parents, Karl and
Violet, preceded him in death. He is survived by his ever loving wife
Ruth, of the East Shore; his daughter Kari Lei Nelson and her husband,
Mike and Hannah Marie Nelson his only grandchild, of Missoula; his
stepson, Kenneth (Kip) Giles and his wife, Mary Ann of Buckland,
Alaska; his sister, Viola Lewis and her husband, Escoe of the East
Shore; his Aunt Mary Gauss, and cousins Arleen Kutney and Maureen Davis
all of Canada. Also surviving him are several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 from 9 am to 5pm in the Grogan Funeral
Home, Polson and on Thursday, November 16, 2006 in the Bethany Lutheran
Church in Bigfork from 12pm to 2pm. Funeral services will be held in
the church at 2:00 pm with Rev. Jack Shannon officiating. In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to Noah's Ark, a center for youth
activities located in Bigfork or a charity of your choice. Condolences
to the family www.groganfuneralhome.com
ST. IGNATIUS - Judy Charette, 62, of Graham, WA passed away Saturday,
November 11, 2006 surrounded by her loving family and friends at her
brother's home in Ronan.
Judy was born in St.
Ignatius on April 17, 1944 to Georgia Meyers & Frank Charette.
A member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe she was
raised on the Flathead Reservation. Judy worked for Boeing for many
She is survived by her
longtime love, friend and husband Richard Hansford of Graham, WA; her
sons Jay Lena and Jimmy Lena of OK and Marty Hansford of Graham, WA;
her grandchildren Grayson and Maddie Hansford of Graham, WA; her
brother Laurel "Babe" Charette (Lori) of St. Ignatius; her brothers in
laws Dennis & Bill Hansford of Graham , WA; her sister in law
Tedi Charette of Ronan; her nieces Sandra Charette-Barnaby (Tony) and
their children Misty, Valdena, Tashina and Anton of Ronan, Kim Charette
(Mike McCrea) and their children Brandi, Jr. and Yancy of Pablo, Jill
Charette of Phoenix, AZ, Lori Charette of Florida, Margaret Wheeler of
Polson, Charlotte Wheeler of Pablo and Rosie Wheeler of St. Ignatius;
her nephews Brian Charette (Stephani) of Ronan, Monte Bluff (Susan) of
Usk, WA, Charles "Chuck" Charette of Ronan, Lance Charette and his
children of Indiana, John Charette of Utah, Wayde Charette of Hawaii,
John Wheeler and Jimmy Wheeler of Arlee; cousins Darlene &
Marlene Neuman, Monica Neuman, Tina Neuman & Gale (Gordon)
She is preceded in death by
her mother Georgie Meyers, her father Frank Charette, her brother Skip
Wheeler, John Wheeler and Norm Charette.
Through our sorrow and
tears, we still remember earlier years, where your love and laughter
made us smile. Your visits, phone calls and our special trip. The
stories and photos so we will never forget. The word "Home" means with
your family. So in every Teardrop there is a memory. Now rest in peace,
you have earned it.
A wake began Sunday at the
Longhouse in St. Ignatius with Rosary being recited at 8 pm Monday
evening in the Longhouse. Funeral service will be held Tuesday morning
at 11 am in the Longhouse. Interment will follow in the St. Ignatius
Lucille Ann Bell (Ghost Bear)
Born - June 5, 1939 Reborn - November 13, 2006
My Mother and best friend Lucille Ann Bell (Ghost Bear) returned to
Jesus Christ's (Wakantanka Great Spirit) loving embrace on a Monday,
November 13th , 2006 at 2:30 p.m. Her earthly body was stricken with
pancreatic cancer, but her immortal soul turned into a hawk and flew
free from pain and suffering.
My Mom was a very loving and
caring person, who always made sure I always came first in her life,
even before her own needs and wants. She would never ignore any duty
she felt was important to being a great mother. I remember when I was a
little boy, every Easter she would have a chocolate rabbit by my
bedside when I awoke, without fail. And on every Valentine's Day she
would have a heart of chocolates by my bedside, also without fail.
Too many times to count, I
would watch my Mom go without, just to give me the things she did, out
of love for me. My Mom was not a rich woman, but everything and
anything she had, she would give it to me, just for the asking. What my
Mom was rich in was love, and she always showered me with lots of it.
My Mom and I went through hardships in life, but she would always stay
positive. I always knew I could conquer anything with her and her love
behind me. My Mom would always say to me, "Life is what you make it",
and "Life is not about how many times you get knocked down, but about
how many times you get back up".
I will forever love my Mom,
and I will walk through this life, happy knowing that someday I will
see her again. This will give me strength. This and my loving and
faithful wife Marsha and my twin sons Michael and James. When I look
into my son's eyes, I see all the hopes and dreams if my Mom.
My Mom was a humble,
unassuming person, who always told me that when she did leave this
World, she did not want people making a fuss over her. She simply
wanted to be surrounded by Family, and to be cremated and her ashes
buried with her other son, Earl Kenneth Lefthand Jr. at the Elmo
Cemetery. I intend to do this in the spring.
My Indian Mother, Catherine
Hamel, my sisters Tammy Hamel, and GiGi Caye, and my brother Jim Hamel
wish to hold a dinner in her memory, the date, time, and place to be
announced. My Mom was preceded in her rebirth by her Mother, Elizabeth
Close, two sisters, Norma Clairmont, Alice (Micky) Ortloff, a nephew
Ronald Wycoff, and infant son Earl Kenneth Lefthand Jr., and her loving
husband Bert Bell. I know my Mom is very happy to be back with Bert. At
the time of my Mom's rebirth, she was surrounded by her last sister
Bernice Thomas, and her favorite nephew Gary Thomas, my wife Marsha
Lefthand, and myself. I told her I loved her, and she said "I Love
You", and she flew away. Strangely, I felt stronger, as I knew that for
the rest of my life, she will watch over me, and I again, know there is
nothing I can't conquer with her behind me. And all I have to do is
look at my sons and know that a part of her lives on in them.
My Mom is carried on through
me, her son Gerald Lefthand, my loving wife Marsha, our twin sons
Michael, and James, her sister Bernice Thomas, her sons Roy Thomas
Peter J. Andrew
St. Ignatius – Peter J. Andrew, 64, passed away on Nov. 14th
in Sheridan, WY at the VA Hospital.
Pete was born in Hot Springs
on Dec. 17, 1941 to Ann Mary Finley and Paul Andrew. He was a full
blood member of the Salish & Kootenai Tribes and was raised on
the Flathead reservation. Pete attended schools at the Ursillines and
graduated from Flandreau Indian School. Shortly after graduation he
answered the call of his nations and was enlisted in the United States
Army. When he completed his assignment he re – enlisted. It
was during this time that he was injured.
Pete enjoyed participating
in traditional gatherings, helping elders, visiting or writing letters
to friends and relatives and listening to music. He will always be
remembered for his quick sense of Indian humor, taking care of his two
little sisters and being the favorite Nu-Nu.
Pete was preceded in death
by his parents, grandparents Andrew & Adelaide Andrew;
François Finley & Felicite Delaware (Cullooyah); his
siblings Annie Smallsalmon, John Woodcock, Louise Andrew, Rose
Chalwain, and Mary Andrew, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and
He is survived by one
brother Frank (Angie) Andrew, two sisters SuSan (Joe) Dowdall and Mary
Pooyah Lefthand, nieces, nephews and cousins.
His final services begin at
10 am today, Saturday, November 18, 2006 at the Longhouse with burial
in Arlee at the Jocko Cemetery.
John Elwood Malatare
Arlee - John Elwood Malatare passed away at his home near Arlee on
November 17, 2006 due to cancer. He was born March 9, 1927, in Arlee to
Florence & John Edwin Malatare. John attended school in Arlee
and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force November 1951 and served at Kelly
Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas as a basic airman. He was discharged
June 25, 1953.
As a youngster, John loved
to ride horses, go to rodeos, and visit all the elders. He taught all
of his boys to be mechanics and avid heavy equipment operators. John
married the love of his life Wyona Bierwagen - Stevens on Dec. 10, 1954.
John worked hard at many
jobs during his life including driving truck for Florence Laundry,
Missoula Rendering and Burtch's Trucking. He also worked at Montgomery
Words, a body shop in Monterey, California and as the Arlee
Wartermaster. He was a Tribal Council Member for the Salish and
Kootenai Tribes and worked as a prison guard in Deer Lodge as well as
Walla Walla, Washington Prisons. He drove school bus for several years
for Arlee and Two Eagle Schools.
John is survived by his wife
of 52 years, Wyona in Arlee, his daughters Doreen Szpak (Dwight) of
Anchorage, Dian Jenkins (Russ) of Ronan, JoAnn Pentland (Joe) or Cour'd
lene, Mary Ann Hunter (Gordon) of St. Ignatius, June Sheridan of Arlee
and Cheryl Malatare of Pinedale, Wyoming as well as his sons Jody
(Artha) from Arlee, Jack (Niqui) of Beaverton, Oregon, and Shawn of
St. Ignatius. He is also survived by 27 grandchildren and 30 great
A visitation will be held on
Sunday from 7 pm to 10 pm in the Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home
in St. Ignatius with funeral services being held on Monday at 10:30
a.m. in the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Burial will follow in the
Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius where military honors will be
Richard (Dick) Lee Cross
POLSON - Richard (Dick) Lee Cross age 59 passed away in his sleep
Sunday night November 19th at his home in Mountain View, CA from a
sudden heart attack. Services will be held at the Grogan Funeral Home
in Polson on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 3:00 pm, with interment to
follow at Lakeview Cemetery.
Dick was a gifted athlete
both in high school and in college. He was an incredibly kind and
caring man to his family, his friends, and his cousins and especially
to their children. He particularly enjoyed sharing his love for books
and knowledge with all of them. He will be greatly missed here on
earth, but will be a huge asset to the Lord if complex math problems
Born in Missoula, Montana on
July 16, 1947, Dick was raised on Camas Prairie, Montana where he
attended Camas Prairie Elementary and then High School in Hot Springs,
Montana. He began his higher education at Montana State University
before transferring to the University of Washington where he received
his first Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Dick went on to
receive a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Santa Clara
University and a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford
University where he was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor
Society. As a firm believer in life-long education, Dick was continuing
to work towards his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford when
Dick joined the Air Force in
1970 where he served primarily as an aeronautical engineer and received
several Commendations during his four years in the service. He then
went on to a life-long career in the field he loved and excelled at,
Aerospace Engineering. He worked for 15 years at United Technologies
Corporation and another 21 years at Lockheed Martin Aerospace
Corporation. During those years he worked on countless projects
including single-handedly developing control concepts for Variable Flow
Ducted Rockets, and leading the analysis team on the Titan IV rocket
project. One of the accomplishments he was most proud of, however, was
his work on the Hubble Space Telescope, on which he designed many of
the directional control systems.
His hobbies included
studying engines, airplanes and spacecraft, and he loved to study both
military history and world history. His periodic travels were a means
to continue to further his education, and over the years he traveled to
countless castles and cathedrals in Europe with his son, viewed the 900
year-old Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and
he walked in the Lascaux Caves among the 17,000 year old Lascaux
Dick was preceded in death
by both his grandparents, his father, Herb Cross and by is Uncles Sid
and Gordon Cross. He is survived by his mother Mary, his brothers
Wayne, Rodney and Wesley, his son and daughter-in-law Herb and Lisa,
Herb's mother Andrea, his beloved pet cat Razz, and by numerous
cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Mary Michel Mills
ST. IGNATIUS - Mary Michel Mills, 97, passed away peacefully into the
arms of angels, on her journey to her Lord in Heaven, Sunday, Nov. 19,
2006, at her home in St. Ignatius in the loving arms of her grandson
Mary was born Dec. 4, 1908,
in St. Ignatius to Augustus and Maggie (King) Beauchemin. Mary was
truly a gift to all who knew her, a lady full of grace. When one of her
great-grandsons was trying to learn his Hail Mary prayer, he would say
"Grandma Mary Full of Grace." He couldn't have said it better.
Mary raised eight children
at the ranch in St. Ignatius and was known as Mom and Grandma to many
other special children too numerous to mention.
Mary was also a very active
member of the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. She was generous with her
donations of beautiful crochet work for fundraising. She truly had a
giving heart when it came to her church and family.
Mary had amazing energy for
life. She had a very busy, full life until only a few months ago.
After her children were
raised, she enjoyed bartending down the road at the Old 44 Bar,
becoming an avid pool player. She has many trophies for her pool
She also enjoyed fishing
with Grandpa, playing bingo, traveling or just staying home playing her
piano or violin.
She was preceded in death by
her husbands, John A. Michel and Homer Mills; brother, Noah (Lum)
Beauchemin; sisters, Lucy Mills and Nancy Myers; daughters, Margaret
Michel Bosworth and Lois Michel Adams and Lois' husband, Gene Adams and
grandson, Bobby Adams.
Survivors include her
children, Gilbert J. Michel, St. Ignatius, Marjorie Michel, St.
Ignatius, Agnes (Frank) Saldana, Ft. Worth, Texas, George (Anita)
Michel, Missoula, John Zazz Michel, Pablo, Rachel (Squeek) Parker,
Hardin, Keith (Ruth) Michel, Billings. Mary is also survived by 23
grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and eight
great-great-grandchildren. Also numerous nieces and nephews and church
friends and family.
Visitations will be Friday,
Nov. 24, at the Foster-Durgeloh Funeral Home, St. Ignatius, with rosary
recited at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at the funeral home. Mass of
Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at
the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment will be at the St.
Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the Catholic
Church basement, provided by the Catholic Ladies Guild.
The family suggests
memorials may be made in Mary's name to the St. Ignatius Catholic
Candace C. Miller
Ronan - Our dear Candace took God's hand when he called for her on
Wednesday, November 22. She had followed the path God laid for her and
touched many hearts along the way, always keeping the Lord close.
Dillard and Flora Cates were
blessed with the birth of Candace on May 29th 1954. She was born in
Harlowton, Montana and lived with her family in a variety of places
until coming back to live in St. Ignatius in 1964.
Candy attended and graduated
from Dixon High School in 1972 as salutatorian, an honor her father was
so proud of. She then went on to Montana State University, graduating
with a degree in Elementary Education, and a minor in Library Science.
She taught in Hamilton at Daly Elementary after her graduation until
1983. During her time there she made a lasting and positive impact on
many school children. Former students would recognize her and come and
share fond memories of their time with her at both Hamilton and Pablo
Candy met the love of her
life, Daniel Miller in 1982; they were married in March of 1983 and
began their life together, making their home in Pablo, MT. Candy then
worked for ten years at the County Court house in Polson in the Clerk
and Recorders office. She worked under Ethel Harding, who became
another one of Candy's special Mom's.
God gifted Candy and Dan
with the joy of her life, Zachariah on October 25th, 1989. Zach brought
sunshine into Candy's life and you could always see it in her eyes.
When Zach started Kindergarten, Candy began volunteering for four hours
every day in his class, which was taught by her dear friend Cathy
Gallagher. After Zach moved on, Candy stayed in Kindergarten and after
10 years of volunteering; she retired when her friend Cathy did. She
was presently volunteering in the St. Ignatius Elementary.
Candy had a love of crafts
she learned from her Mother. She enjoyed many hours of doing crafts
with her family and friends. All of Candy's spending money (and most of
Dan's) went to new craft projects.
Candy was an active and
upstanding member of the church of the Nazarene in Pablo, MT. She
taught Sunday School and with few exceptions all of her nieces and
nephews loved to be part of the Vacation Bible school and the parade
through Pablo. Her heart was always with the children and she would and
did sacrifice anything of hers to make sure whatever kids were within
her reach had what they needed. She will be dearly missed by everyone
who was blessed to have some part of Candy in their lives.
Candy is survived by her
husband and son, Daniel and Zach Miller of Ronan; Special Moms Clara
Miller of Ronan and Ethel Harding of Polson; Sisters Louise (Jerry)
Strode of Gaston, OR., Teena (Darwin) Zempel of Ravalli, Susan (Dalon)
Weaselhead of St. Ignatius, Susan (Lee) Walsh of Butte, Jann (Rory)
Schauss of Ronan, Jane (Aaron) Arneson of Missoula, Mary Anne Miller of
Kalispell and Alyce (Tom) Krantz of Missoula; Brothers Glen (Janis)
Cates of St. Ignatius, Ray (Nancy) Miller of Ronan, Brad (Cheri) Miller
of Florence, Gale Miller of Ronan; 33 nieces & nephews; 51
great nephews & nieces and 1 great great nephew.
Candy was preceded in death
by her father Dillard Cates, her mother Flora Cates Morin, a
step-father Steve Father and a dad Ray "Pat" Miller, a sister Arlene
Ross and a brother James Cates.
smile, quick wit and energy
will be greatly missed by all of those who are allowed to share her
short time here on earth.
Visitation will be Friday,
November 24th at the Nazarene Church in Pablo with services to be held
on Saturday Nov. 25th at the Ronan High School Gym at 2 pm. Interment
will be held at the Ronan Cemeteries.
Otis R. "Bud" Miles
MOSES LAKE - WA – Otis R. "Bud" Miles died on November 23,
2006 at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, WA from natural causes.
"Bud" was born February 7,
1925 in Polson, Montana to Joseph Alfred (Fred) and Pearl Miles of St.
Ignatius, MT. He was 18 years old when he joined the Navy in Columbia
Falls, MT. Through his thirty years in the Navy, he served in WWII,
Korea and Viet Nam and became a world traveller. He started out at boot
camp at Farragut Falls, Idaho, where he served until August 1943. He
was then assigned to the USS Arneb in the South Pacific. After a
stretch with the Tiensen Boat Pool in China, he was assigned to the
U.S. Naval Hospital until his discharge in April 1946.
He met his wife to be, Mary
Maxine Mikel, in December 1945 and married her on January 10, 1946.
They were married for fifty-one years before she died in 1997. "Bud"
re-enlisted in the Navy in March of 1948 and together he and his bride
traveled to Seattle, WA, where "Bud" was assigned to the USS Toledo,
then to Guam, to the USS Helena, The USS Columbus, to Bremerton, to
Great Lakes, Illinois, to Morocco, the USS Amphion, and to the Terminal
Navy Post Office in Yokohama, Japan. While in Japan, he was assigned to
the Saigon Air Mail Terminal to set up a ships locator, receiving a
special Air Force Commendation for his work there.
After a brief return to the
States, he was assigned to Viet Nam for two years, and then to Naples,
Italy for another two years before assignment to Seattle as a
recruiter. He then moved to Moses Lake, WA where he was a recruiter and
also worked for the United States Post Office until he retired in 1973.
"Bud" was also known for his
great sense of humor. One of his favorite sayings was "I had to leave
the Reservation to become a Chief". This was accomplished by becoming a
Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy.
He is survived by his son,
Bob and wife Cindy, of Burns, OR and daughter, Mary Lou and her
husband, Mike Hardy of Ephrata, WA., sisters Dora Morrow of Whitefish,
MT, Marie Ardis of Dixon, MT., and Louise Ambrose and her husband
William of Kalispell, MT. He will be missed by his good friend, Patsy
White of Moses Lake, WA, and by numerous friends and relatives. "Bud"
was a long-standing member of the Eagles, VFW and the American Legion.
Cremation has taken place
and a memorial service with military honors will be held in Moses Lake,
WA later this spring. A "Celebration of Life" will take place at 1:00
p.m. Sunday, December 3rd, at the American Legion Hall in Moses Lake.
Georgia Marie Proctor Hageboeck
ST. IGNATIUS - Georgia Marie Proctor Hageboeck Benson, 87, passed away
at the Assisted Living, "Closer to Home" in St. Ignatius to start her
journey "Home" and join her loving Granddaughter, Melanie on a peaceful
afternoon, November 25, 2006.
was born on September 28,
1919, at Post Creek and spent her youth at Post Creek and Polson.
met Vince Hageboeck in Dixon
and was married at a young age. Vince and Georgia ran a successful
Cattle Ranch and raised two daughters and several other relatives. All
the kids loved going out to the Ranch.
Later on in her life, she
married Sonny Benson. Georgia owned and operated the Buffalo Bar in
Ravalli and the Tepee Bar in St. Ignatius, when, due to her health, the
bars exchanged hands.
Preceding her in death were
her parents, Claude Proctor and Margaret Trickey; sister Marion Brown;
brother Sonny Proctor; granddaughter Melanie; several generations of
Survivors included her two
daughters, Linda (Wayne) Delaney and Barbara Conley of Ronan; a
brother, Ted Proctor of the Bitterroot Valley; Grandchildren Ryan,
Jody, Brandy; Michael McCauley of Arizona; Selah & Logan of St.
Ignatius and several great grandchildren.
Wake began at the Long House
in St. Ignatius with Rosary held at 8 p.m., Monday, November 27, 2006.
Services were held at the St. Ignatius Mission Church, Tuesday,
November 28, 2006 at 11 a.m., with burial in the Pleasant View Cemetery
next to her mother, Margaret.
Virginia Helen Thomason
Virginia Helen Thomason, 85, of Ronan, MT, passed away on Tuesday,
November 28, 2006 at St. Luke Community Nursing Home, Ronan.
Virginia was born on April
26, 1921 in Jay County, Indiana to James & Sarah (Knab) Bailey.
Virginia married Charles
Rhodes on Sept. 1, 1938 and they later divorced. She married Johnny
Thomason in the early 1960's and he precedes her in death.
Virginia operated a daycare
in Ronan for several years. She loved spending time with and taking
care of her family.
Virginia has lived at the
St. Luke Community Nursing Home in Ronan for the past year.
She is preceded in death by
her husband Johnny & 6 siblings.
Virginia is survived by her
son Chuck Rhodes of Butte, MT & two daughters, Barbara Rhodes
of St. Johns, Arizona & Johanna Zundel of Spring Creek, NV, 11
grandchildren & 22 great grandchildren and a sister, Madonna
Bailey of Indiana.
Cremation has taken place
and no services are planned.
Condolences may be sent to
the family at www.groganfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by the
Grogan Funeral home & Crematory of Polson.
William "Bill" C. Mitchell
Polson - William "Bill" C. Mitchell, 49, passed away from injuries
sustained in an auto/pedestrian accident near Pablo on Sunday evening.
A member of the Rocky Boy
Chippewa Cree Tribe, Bill was born in Hill County on June 19, 1957 and
raised by his father Malcolm and mother Anna in the Polson area.
After his graduation from
High School he worked in the woods with Forestry and as a Fire Fighter.
He also was an avid worker/jack -of -all trades and worked for Leonard
Soloman any time he needed him.
He enjoyed fishing, watching
TV, playing cards and pool. He was an excellent cook and could build
almost anything. Moreover, he enjoyed being around his family most and
taking part in their lives whenever the opportunity presented itself.
He was preceded in death by
his father Malcolm and a sister Tommy.
He leaves behind his birth
mother Velma Rose McFalls; his mom Anna Mitchell; brothers Charley,
Brian, Malcolm & Miles; his daughter Annaewnita; sisters
Charlette (Ted) dean, Darlene, Georgi (Walt), Lisa, Phyllis, Lori
(Darrel Gross, Patsy (Joe) Baker, Sheila (Michael), Annie and many
aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
A visitation/wake will be
held at Polson Indian Senior Center on Tuesday from 9 am to 4 pm where
Pastor Dean Buffalo will hold services. Cremation will follow the