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Friday, October 31, 2003; Eleanor 'Ellie' Ball, Frances A. Rosenquist, Candice Croghan Smith, Blake Ray Marin, Ivanetta Leila Grandy, Wendell Paul Wisherd, Louis H. Rhoades, Elsie Myrtle (Wickman) Shives

Friday, October 31, 2003; Eleanor 'Ellie' Ball, Frances A. Rosenquist, Candice Croghan Smith, Blake Ray Marin, Ivanetta Leila Grandy, Wendell Paul Wisherd, Louis H. Rhoades, Elsie Myrtle (Wickman) Shives

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Eleanor 'Ellie' Ball

MISSOULA - Eleanor "Ellie" Ball, 85, of Missoula, passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at Community Medical Center.

She was born July 19, 1918, in Dickinson, N.D., to Jacob and Mary (Fetter) Loran. She received her education in Missoula.

Ellie married Eugene R. Ball in Missoula in February 1938. They had many happy years together. To this union two sons were born, Eugene and Allen.

They lived on Ninth Street in Missoula until moving to Eugene's parents' farm on Seventh in Orchard Homes. There, Ellie was a large part of the work force, raising vegetables and potatoes. They also raised Hereford cattle, which Ellie loved tending. Many a calf was saved in front of the stove.

Ellie and Gene loved getting together with friends to square-dance. In later years, they also enjoyed coming up Nine Mile for potlucks to be with old friends and grandkids.

At election time, you would find Ellie at Hawthorne School counting ballots. She retired from the University of Montana bindery after 20 years and was currently employed by the Missoula School District as an aide. She had also worked for the U.S. Postal Service. Gene and Ellie were also members of Orchard Homes Country Life Club.

Ellie relaxed and entertained her family and friends with her accordion and harmonica, which she was now teaching her great-grandchildren to enjoy. Play on, Ellie; we will hear!

Lately, Ellie enjoyed her early morning jaunts to have coffee with her and Gene's cronies at Liberty Lanes. Ellie was also well known in Orchard Homes for her baking skills, and at many potlucks she served her yummy cinnamon rolls and pastries.

During the holidays and hunting season, everyone always had lots of goodies. The coffee was always on at the Ball house.

Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma, we will miss you always, but you'll forever be in our hearts.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Price, Dr. Mikesell, the nurses in ICU at Community Medical Center, Pastor Dan Dixson and Father Ed Hyslop of Pope John XXIII.

Roses are red.

Violets are blue.

We love you

We will miss you too!

So that will be

You and Grandpa

looking down on me.

By Great-Granddaughter Natasha Ball, 9

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eugene R. Ball; brothers, Frank, Joe and John Loran; and sister, Angie Evjen.

Survivors include her sons, Eugene (Geri) Ball of Nine Mile and Allen Ball of Missoula; sisters, Annie (Bud) Wilcox, Monica (Floyd) Campbell, Lula Blackburn and Kate McBride; brother, Jake (Eleanor) Loran; grandchildren, Steven (Twila) Ball of Nine Mile, Stacey Ball of Florence, Alanna (Roger) Vaneps of Missoula and Ashley (Josh) Crawford of Washington; great-grandchildren, Nickolas and Natasha Ball, Tyler and Tia Vaneps and Gage and Jacob Ball; and sisters-in-law, Cassie Loran, Mary Jean Loran and Lois (Darrel) Stout.

Services have already been held. Donations in Ellie's name may be made to Camp Mak-A-Dream.

Arrangements were under the care of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.

Frances A. Rosenquist

LIBBY - Frances A. "Rosie" Rosenquist, 93, of Libby, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at St. John Lutheran Hospital.

She was born on the family homestead near Ross, N.D., to John and Martha Schwochert on Oct. 15, 1910.

In 1932, she married Swen Axel Rosenquist. He preceded her in death in 1981.

Survivors include three sons, John Rosenquist and Don Rosenquist of Libby and Eugene Rosenquist of Kasilof, Alaska; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home chapel. Interment will follow at the City of Libby Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Candice Croghan Smith

Retired Master Sgt. Candice Croghan Smith died Oct. 19, 2003, at age 52.

She was born in Missoula on June 1, 1951.

She is survived by her two sons, Phillip and daughter-in-law Beth of Arkansas and Johnson Smith; parents, Philip and AnnaMaria Croghan; a brother, Norbert and wife Janet Adam of California; and her sister, Faith and brother-in-law Rick Jones of California; nieces, Briana Croghan and Corinna Rockenbach; nephew, Brandon Croghan; and a great-nephew and great-niece, Cullen and Lauren Croghan.

Candice was preceded in death by her brother, Bryce Croghan.

In 1969, Candice toured 18 European countries. This love of travel along with love of country prompted her to join the Air Force and later she enlisted in the Air National Guard. She was the first woman recruiting supervisor.

Due to her illness in 1996, she was forced to retire.

Candice was much loved by her National Guard family.

Candice enjoyed making her decorative crafts and will be forever remembered by her many friends for her quick wit and humor.

Military graveside services were held Oct. 25, at National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix.

Blake Ray Marin

MISSOULA - Blake Ray Marin went to sing with the angels Monday, Oct. 27, 2003. He passed away in the loving arms of his mommy, daddy and the rest of his loving family.

Blake was born Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, to Jesse and Amber Marin of Lolo. Blake brought happiness and love to everybody who was with him for the short time he was here. He is our "Guardian Angel" and will be remembered by many.

"When somebody comes into our lives Š and they are too quietly and quickly gone, they leave footprints on our hearts Š and their memory stays with us forever."

Survivors include his mommy, Amber; his daddy, Jesse; grandparents, Harry and Kelly Brewer of Missoula and Joetta and Tom Marin of Stevensville; aunts and uncles, Nikki Brewer, Sara Brewer, Boe Billingsley and Justin Marin; cousins, Tyler Brewer and Kylee Billingsley; and many great-grandparents, who are very dear to our hearts.

A private service is being held at Spirit of Christ Catholic Church in Lolo with burial to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Stevensville.

Blake, good luck on your journey and remember you will be loved and missed forever. You will always be mommy and daddy's little angel boy.

We Love You!

Ivanetta Leila Grandy

KALISPELL - Ivanetta Leila Grandy, 86, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at Heritage Place in Kalispell.

She was born May 16, 1917, in Chinook to Thomas and Cordelia Maude (Lane) Gibson.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Wayne Grady.

Survivors include daughter, Ruth Hummer of Kalispell; grandchildren, Tracy and Scott Osler, Terry and Brett Cuthbert, Scott and Tim Eaton, Alice, Mary, Helen, Donna and Kathryn Hobbs; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Combined memorial services for Ivanetta and her son, Donald Hobbs, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at the Johnson Mortuary chapel. Urn burial will follow at the C.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery.

Wendell Paul Wisherd

MISSOULA - Wendell Paul Wisherd passed away peacefully at his home Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2003.

He was born to Arthur Lloyd and Grace Irene Wisherd on April 15, 1922, in Bonner.

He attended Bonner Grade School and graduated from Missoula County High School as valedictorian of the class of 1947.

After graduation, he worked at the Bonner Mill for a short period, and then he attended the Curtis Wright Technical Institute in California.

He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, serving in aviation maintenance as an aircraft crew chief in the European Theater. He was later recalled to the Korean War. After the Korean War, he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Mae Nearman.

He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy; children, Robert Eugene Wisherd and wife Sandy and their daughters, Amy Lagodimos and Lori Melchionno, all of Boston, Penny Barnard and husband Walter of Arlington, Wash., Connie Trott and children, Sherrie, Tara and Michael of Missoula, Kenneth Paul Wisherd and wife Cindy and their sons, Jason and Amos of Missoula, Martin Aurther Wisherd and wife Terry and children Vanessa and Christopher of Missoula; two great-grandchildren; his sister, Bonnie Jean Brewer of Bonner and family; and numerous cousins in the Midwest.

Wendell was a kind and caring husband, father and grandfather.

He worked for White Pine and Sash from June 1955 until his retirement in June 1984.

He enjoyed hunting and being outdoors. As an adult, he was involved with Boy Scouting and took several long hikes with the troops.

At the age of 69, he led his family on a backpacking trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. He often said that this trip was one of his most enjoyable adventures.

As a young man after World War II, he started flying at Johnson Flying Service. He enjoyed this flying hobby and worked for Johnson Flying Service for a short period.

He loved working in his garden, his wood shop and helping his friends and neighbors. He lived an active life of good examples for his family and friends.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home. Services are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Louis H. Rhoades

LIBBY - Louis H. Rhoades, 83, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at the Libby Care Center.

He was born in Noxon on March 4, 1920, to Leon and Lucy Rhoades.

Preceding him in death was his first wife, Margaret, in 1976 and second wife, Ella, in 1988.

Survivors include daughters, Louise Hopkins and Lucille Briggs, both of Libby; stepchildren, Gerald Good of Troy, Joseph Good of Hermiston, Ore., Florence Drowatzky of Ronan, Ruby Stapley of Troy, Rita Partney of Stevensville and Dale Good of Potlach, Idaho; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the City of Libby Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.

Elsie Myrtle (Wickman) Shives

PRESCOTT, Ariz. - Elsie Myrtle (Wickman) Shives, 79, died peacefully in Yavapai Regional Hospital in Prescott, Ariz., on Oct. 13, 2003.

Services were held Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Heritage Memory Mortuary in Prescott.

She was born Oct. 21, 1923, in Corvallis, the youngest child of John Eric and Elizabeth (Blomgren) Wickman. Elsie grew up in Corvallis and graduated from Corvallis High School in 1943.

Following graduation, she worked at various jobs in Missoula before moving to Seattle to seek employment in the war industries. In Seattle, she was employed at Associated Shipyards where she worked in the production department until the end of the war.

Following the war, she went to work at Kress's Variety Store in Seattle. During that time she met Howard Shives, whom she married March 7, 1948.

Following their marriage they lived for a short period in the Fremont area of Seattle, then made their first home in North City, also in Seattle.

In 1953, they moved to Bothell, Wash. They lived there until 1975. Upon retiring, they moved to Phoenix, where they lived until 1990, at which time they moved to Prescott.

Their life together epitomized the adage that behind every successful man there is a woman. Elsie and Howard struggled together in the early years, as they built their life together, constructing a house and raising their family.

She was a devoted wife and mother. Raising her children was the focus of her life: she was a Cub Scout den mother for her boys and a Girl Scout Brownie troop leader for her daughter. For many years, she was an active parent in school, church and community activities as she shepherded their growth based on the values and ethics she herself had acquired as a child of the Great Depression and World War II.

Elsie is survived by her husband of 55 years, Howard, and their three children, Ron (Lori) Shives of Phoenix, Dennis (Sandi) Shives of Burbank, Wash., and Sharon (Denis) Dahl of Granite Falls, Wash.; six grandchildren, Shawna Jacquez, Melissa (Brian) Snyder, Brittney Shives, Jeremy Shuttleworth and Dakota and Christian Dahl; seven great-grandchildren, Michelle and Sydney Jacquez, Joshua and Tyler Snyder, Courtney Schrump and Jordan and Katelyn Shuttleworth; and by her brothers, Vincent (Vernice) Wickman of Missoula and George (Virginia) Wickman of Everett, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Wickman Maydole.

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