Jessie Loretta (Weber) Lovely
HELENA - Jessie Loretta (Weber) Lovely, age 85, of Helena, passed away April 15, 2003, after a courageous two-year battle with ovarian cancer.
She was born March 15, 1918, to James and Nellie (Arbuckle) Weber at the family (dryland) ranch on Hamilton Heights, east of Corvallis. Her brother, John Weber of Indio, Calif., is now the only surviving sibling among her large family.
Jessie lived most of her life in the Bitterroot Valley. She graduated from Corvallis High School where she played on the girls basketball team and sang in the glee club. She was a lifelong member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Corvallis Chapter.
She and Kuert Lovely were married in 1938 and celebrated their 65th anniversary this past month. Jessie and Kuert ranched on the Sleeping Child, south of Hamilton. They sold the ranch and retired in 1970, then moved to Helena to live near their children, Donald Lovely and Patsy Tompkins and their families. They spent many enjoyable winters near Blythe, Calif., where they developed long-lasting friendships with other "snowbirds."
Jessie was an avid gardener who stocked the pantry and freezer to the brim each fall with fruits and vegetables. Her family and many friends and neighbors also enjoyed the fruits of her labor. Anyone who saw her garden, glorious flowers and roses knew she was truly blessed with a green thumb.
She loved to play cards and games, especially with her grandchildren … she was always "lucky."
She was tireless and energetic, always busy and spent any spare time knitting hats, gloves, sweaters, blankets and afghans or doing some sort of handiwork. Nearly all of her friends, acquaintances and relatives have some item that she made. For sure, all her grandkids and great-grandkids are well outfitted with blankets, afghans and sweaters.
Jessie is survived by her husband, Kuert Lovely; her brother, John (Betty) Weber of Indio, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Bessie Weber of Hermiston, Ore., and Alma James of Laurel; her son, Donald Lovely of Helena; her daughter, Patsy (Jim) Tompkins of Helena; her grandchildren, Cinda Tompkins of Helena, Jaime (Brian) Arnold of Helena, Kathleen (Ed) Field of Helena, Gwen (Brook) George of Billings, Michael (Mona) Lovely of Big Timber, Patrick (Denali) Lovely of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Donelle Lovely of Helena; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings Kathryn, Scott, Fred, Winifred, Milton, Bill, Leland (Frost), David, Hallie (Hull), Lillian and Joseph.
The family wishes to acknowledge the outstanding care provided by staff of the oncology and hospice units of St. Peter's Hospital.
An Eastern Star graveside service with urn placement will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton, officiated by the Leona Chapter O.E.S.
Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.
The family requests that any donations be made in Jessie's name to hospice at St. Peter's Hospital, 2475 E. Broadway, Helena, MT.
Roger Barron Gwaltney
HOT SPRINGS - Roger Barron Gwaltney, 71, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at his home in Hot Springs, following a long battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Gwaltney of the family home; one son and daughter-in-law, Roque and Becky Gwaltney and their three children, all of Jacksonville, Ill.; one stepson, Jim Norvell of Somers; two stepdaughters, Sheila Wininger of Somers and Misty Lane of Nampa, Idaho; one brother, Porter Gwaltney of Springfield, Ill.; and one sister, Jan Piersol of Florrisant, Mo.
A potluck dinner and gathering of friends will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the family home at 203 First Ave. S. in Hot Springs. All are invited to come and share in happy reminiscing of good times with Roger.
Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, Hot Springs Masonic Lodge or the Clark Fork Shrine Club.
Coffelt-Bunch Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Jane Harper
VICTOR - Dorothy Jane Harper, 90, of Victor died at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton on Thursday, April 17, 2003.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the United Methodist Church in Stevensville, with the Rev. Vicki Horn officiating.
A full obituary will follow at a later date.
Whitesitt Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.
Teresa Joan Brenner
MISSOULA - Teresa Joan Brenner, died of pulmonary complications April 16, 2003.
Born July 2, 1937, in Boise, Idaho, the youngest of Thomas G. and Minnie G. Daly Mays' five children, she graduated from Boise Junior College in 1957 and in 1959 from the University of Washington, majoring in English.
After a year of teaching at Borah High School in Boise, she was married to Gerry Brenner on June 11, 1960, in Boise.
By the time Terry and Gerry arrived in Missoula in 1968, she was a full-time homemaker, busily raising their three young sons. Besides teaching Sunday school for a decade at the University Congregational Church, she was active in Planned Parenthood of Missoula.
Upon returning from a year in Skopje, Macedonia, where Gerry had taught as a Fulbright scholar, Terry took journalism classes while working in secretarial positions in various offices and departments at the University of Montana.
Hired in 1987 as publications editor in UM's News and Information Office (now University Relations), her primary responsibility was the weekly publication of Campus Newsletter, a highlight of which was a weekly biographical sketch of staff or faculty. Her knowledge of grammar and usage led to her reputation as the office's "eagle-eyed editor."
After a year's leave in 1994 to accompany Gerry during a teaching exchange in Bendigo, Australia, she returned to launch UM's weekly electronic newsletter, TGIF (Think Griz, It's Friday), whose subscription list soon numbered in the thousands.
Upon retirement in 2001, she once again accompanied Gerry for a year's teaching exchange at the University of Regensburg, Germany.
Terry's pleasures included reading, dancing, brisk walking, traveling and hiking, huckleberrying and tent camping in Montana's many glorious natural settings. Self-disciplined, principled, modest and honest to a fault, she kept herself fit as the proverbial fiddle and made and kept up a beautiful home.
A pianist, she fostered an interest in music in all three sons, encouraging, enduring and finally enjoying the results of their musical talents. She had a beautiful smile and wonderful laugh and enjoyed laughing with her family as much and they enjoyed making her laugh.
Preceding her in death was an infant daughter, Joan Kathleen.
Survivors include her husband; married sons, Patrick M. (Deanna) of Sammamish, Wash., Kyle F. (Michelle) of Bozeman and John K. (Mati) of San Francisco; sisters, Edith Steed (Frederick) of Seattle and Beverly Fritchman of Boise; brothers, Robert D. Mays (Maybelle) and William B. Mays (Shirley) of Boise; and grandson, Kaden, and granddaughter, Kalista, of Bozeman.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at University Congregational Church.
In lieu of gifts or memorial flowers, she requested donations be directed to Hospice of Missoula.
Leon Robert Jette
HAVRE - Leon Robert Jette, 56, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at his home following a long battle with cancer.
Leon was born Jan. 20, 1947, in Missoula to the late Francis and Helen (Might) Jette.
He entered the Army on Nov. 24, 1967, and served in Vietnam and later in Germany as a heavy equipment operator.
In 1969, he married Dottie Glass in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. They later divorced.
Survivors include his children, Michelle Reeder of Arizona and Joseph Jette of Havre; and numerous other relatives in Washington state.
Cremation has taken place. He will be interred at the Fort Harrison Cemetery at a later date. There are no services planned at this time.
Services and arrangements are under the direction of Holland & Bonine Funeral Home in Havre.
Violet I. Torpen
LIBBY - Violet I. Torpen, 89, of Libby died Thursday, April, 17, 2003, at the Libby Care Center.
She was born Dec. 6, 1913, in Boyne City, Mich., to Ellis and Myrtle Morse Stapley.
She married Floyd "Ted" Baeth on Oct. 7, 1934, in Libby. He preceded her in death in 1954. She married Maynard Torpen on Oct. 13, 1958, and he died Aug. 3, 1994.
Survivors include two brothers, Kenneth Stapley of Libby and Norman Stapley of Troy; sister, Keitha Johnson of Sammish, Wash.; grandchildren, Kenneth Baeth of Elko, Nev., Alan Baeth of Boise, Idaho, and Wanda Halvorson of Libby; and four great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the City of Libby Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson & Vial Funeral Home, Libby.
CORVALLIS - Carol Howard, in His Presence, after a long, courageous battle with cancer, passed away peacefully in the presence of her loving family at her home at Corvallis on April 17, 2003, at 6:52 a.m.
Carol Ann Flightner Howard was born Dec. 21, 1929, in Wolf Point, the daughter of the late Raymond David Flightner and Opal Hartsell Flightner.
She lived briefly in Philipsburg and Deer Lodge before moving to Darby to complete her secondary education in 1947. Carol attended the University of Montana for two years, married Marion Brechbill and then returned to graduate in 1954.
She taught high school in Darby, Whitefish and Hamilton, retiring after 27 years. Carol then sold real estate in Ravalli County for five years.
She married Leo St. John in 1962 and after his passing, married Neil W. Howard in 1981.
Carol served as a Boy Scout den mother and Girl Scout leader. She was a board member of Crossroads Chemical Dependency Services for over 12 years and an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Hamilton.
Carol enjoyed reading, gardening and family gatherings in Montana and on the Oregon coast. She shared Neil's love for the mountains, high country, the Big Hole and hunting. Over the years, she impacted many lives and will be remembered for her enthusiasm for life, her sense of humor, generosity and love for people.
Carol is survived by her husband, Neil; stepdaughter, Lisa of Hamilton; sons, David St. John of Gresham, Ore., and Daniel and wife Patricia St. John of Gaston, Ore.; daughters, Barbara St. John of Nampa, Idaho, and Leah St. John-Duffy and her husband Tom of Aloha, Ore.; two sisters, Gwen Cumley of Helena and Judy Robbins and her husband Austin of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; and her Aunt Fern Watts of Ray Town, Mo.
A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Hamilton First Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Roger Wade officiating. Private interment will take place at the Lone Pine Cemetery in Darby.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Heifer Project, in care of Ravalli County Federal Credit Union of Hamilton in honor of Carol Howard. This charitable organization is committed to helping end hunger and poverty in impoverished countries.
Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.
Helen N. Larson
KALISPELL - Helen N. Larson, 90, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Immanuel Lutheran Home in Kalispell.
Helen was born March 17, 1913, in Hettinger, N.D., to O.T. and Lilian Peterson.
Following her father's death in 1923, Helen moved to Kalispell with her mother and siblings.
Helen married Fred Johnson in 1934. He drowned five months later in Glacier National Park. On May 27, 1937, Helen married Lawrence T. Larson. He preceded her in death in 1997.
Survivors include four sons, L. Peter Larson , Paul H. Larson and Kurt Larson, all of Kalispell, and Jon S. Larson of Sacramento, Calif.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
As was Helen's wish, no public services will be held.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary and Crematory.
Michael L. Keys
KALISPELL - Michael L. Keys, 47, died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at his home in Kalispell.
Mike was born Jan. 26, 1956, in Columbus, Ohio, to James and Alice Holley Keys. He was raised in the Flathead Valley and graduated from Flathead High School.
He had co-owned a logging company and tree service.
Survivors include his father, James Keys; son, Jonathan J. Keys; a daughter, Summer Rose Keys; his sister, Tamela M. Vezane; fiancee, Lucinda Peeler; and numerous other relatives.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home. Burial will follow at C.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery.
Buffalo Hill Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Donna Jean Rathbun Howell
SEELEY LAKE - Donna Jean Rathbun Howell, 62, passed away April 15, 2003, after a 50-year battle with diabetes. Throughout her problems, she displayed great uncomplaining dignity.
Donna was born Sept. 30, 1940, in Polson to Paul G. and Ruth Dorothy Rathbun. She grew up in Montana and graduated from Great Falls High School in 1957.
Donna married William Howell in Seattle and later moved to Woodland, Calif., where she lived until 2001. At that time, she moved to Seeley Lake, where she resided until her death.
Donna is survived by her mother, Ruth of Palmdale, Calif.; her sons, Carey Howell and his wife Jennifer of Sacramento, Calif., and Robert Howell and his wife Leticia of Woodland, Calif.; her brother, Dennis Rathbun of Seeley Lake; three grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
The very special things in Donna's life were her sons, her grandchildren and the mountains. She never tired of watching the deer (her girls) from the front porch of her home.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the Cremation and Burial Society of the Rockies chapel, at the corner of Reserve Street and Spurgin Road. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Cremation will follow services.
Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.
Margreate Myhre Foot
MISSOULA - Margreate Myhre Foot, 69, passed away of natural causes April 16, 2003, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
Marge Foot will be missed by all who knew her.
She was born in Polson on Nov. 22, 1933, to Oscar and Orpha Myhre.
She was preceded in death by her parents; all but one sibling; her husband, James Foot in 2000; and a son, John "Jake" Foot in 2000.
She is survived by five children: Kathy Gallagher and her husband Randy of Lisbon, N.D., Kristine Foot and her husband Dirk Williams of Missoula, Harold Foot and his wife Laurie of Long Beach, Calif., daughter Jamie Foot of Long Beach and son Eric Foot of Reno, Nevada.
Seven grandchildren also survive: Andrea and Garrett Foot of Kalispell, David and Jacob Gallagher of Lisbon, and Sam, Cale and Guy Williams of Missoula.
She is also survived by her brother, Robert Myhre and his wife Barbara of Manhattan, Kan.; daughter-in-law, Cindy Foot of Kalispell; sister-in-law, Margery Jean Foot of Great Falls; and many nephews, nieces and friends.
Marge and her husband lived for many years along Highway 40 between Columbia Falls and Whitefish. With six children, friends, a legendary garden and an ark's worth of animals, their home was usually a beehive of activity. Marge was well known for her love of jokes, compassion, and straightforwardness. She enjoyed visiting, reading, bowling and a good cup of coffee.
Following her wishes, there will be no funeral service. Marge's family and close friends will meet to celebrate her life and scatter her ashes later this year.
In lieu of flowers, the Foot family encourages memorials to local charities.
Livingston, Malletta & Geraghty Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.
PHILIPSBURG - Suzie Standall, 75, died Monday, April 14, 2003, at the Granite County Medical Center.
Graveside inurnment will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the Philipsburg Cemetery, with the Rev. Rusty Craig officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Standall family.
A full obituary will run at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of KT Riddle Funeral Homes, Philipsburg.