ARLEE — Our mother, Martha Emma Wright, of Arlee Pines Drive, Arlee, went peacefully to be with her Lord Tuesday, April 3, 2018. She was born to Albert Bruno Aschenbrenner and Emma Laura Campbell on Jan. 18, 1934, in New York, New York. Her parents were Salvation Army Officers and traveled all over the country during her early years. She had one brother, Alfred Aschenbrenner of Plains. She was married to William Lee Wright on Oct. 10, 1976, in San Diego, California at the Miramar Naval Air Station Chapel.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, six children, 14 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren with one more on the way. She was preceded in death by Thomas William Alspaugh, Jr., the father of her three children; Noel Denese Jackson, Thomas William Alspaugh, III (deceased) and Kirk Clinton Alspaugh.
Co-Owner with her husband of Thisledome (This le do me — was always her little joke) Family Forest, LLC in Arlee, a Certified Family Forest, for more than 30 years: a founding member of Montana Tree Farm Association, member of American Tree Farm System, Montana Forest Stewardship Committee, and the American Forest Foundation. She was an active Life member of the American Legion Auxiliary for more than 30 years and held many offices both local and statewide, including being a counselor for Girl's State for a number of sessions. She was a Life Member of the NRA and active on the Missoula Friends of the NRA Committee for many years. She was also active on the 4th of July Parade Committee and even Co-Grand Marshall one year. Known as "Marty", "Grandma Marty" or her Salish name, translated to "Snow Woman", she was often a substitute teacher at Arlee Jr. High School; was a founding member of Jocko Valley Lutheran Church with Pastor Jim in the late 70s. She even helped to physically build the church. She loved to hunt and fish and camp out in "the Bob" Marshall ~ even after she couldn't hunt anymore she still ran the hunting camp and many a young hunter/fisher person knew breakfast or lunch would be waiting for them.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the organization of your choice. Mom's favorites were the American Heart Association, The Salvation Army and the Montana Tree Farm Association. She will be cremated, half her ashes will be buried at Pleasant View in St Ignatius, the other half will be buried on the home place in an urn which will then produce her favorite tree, a Ponderosa Pine.
We will be having a memorial in her honor on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Jocho Valley Lutheran Church on U.S. Hwy 93. The memorial will be officiated by Pastor April and will be followed by a potluck and a "Celebration of a Life Well Lived" with lots of pictures from her life and personal stories told by those who knew her. There will be a tree planting in her honor, on the farm later in the spring.