Betty Ann (Detten) Crandall
ROLLINS - Betty Ann (Detten) Crandall, 75, left her husband Art, family and friends to be with her Lord in heaven on Jan. 2, 2004.
Betty was born Oct. 29, 1928, in St. Francis, Texas, to Robert and Eulalia (Berg) Detten. She graduated from St. Mary's High School in Amarillo, Texas, in 1947 and from St. Theresa College (now called Avila College) in Kansas City, Mo., in 1951. While in college she met the love of her life, Art Crandall, and they were married Sept. 8, 1951, in St. Francis.
She moved with Art around the country, living first in Florida, then Michigan, Texas, Montana and California before moving back to a home on Flathead Lake, where she lived until her death. They raised a family of eight children.
Betty loved her life as a busy mom, easily juggling all the aspects of caring for and teaching a large family of six girls and two boys. Her greatest joy throughout her life was gathering her large family around her from the early childhood days until her death. Her family included 21 grandchildren and one special great-grandchild.
She loved to celebrate life's many milestones with her family, including births, graduations, marriages, anniversaries and family reunions. In 2001 she joyously celebrated 50 years of marriage with Art.
She loved to can beans, salsa and applesauce for her family and her favorite pastime was a friendly card game - pitch with the family or bridge with the ladies. This was the only time she was known to be a little "feisty."
Ten years ago Betty and Art returned to the Flathead Valley to live their "life's dream" by building a home on Flathead Lake. It was a great place for family gatherings and she seemed to be the happiest when things were at their craziest.
She made many wonderful friends wherever she lived. Betty and Art traveled 120 miles for every University of Montana football game and frequently made it to some of the out-of-town games. They traveled around the country to visit their kids and did not hesitate to make a road trip for new babies, baptisms, first communions or anything important in the lives of their family.
Books were always Betty's passion. She loved to read and shared that love with everyone. This inspired her to help with the early organization and institution of the Lakeside library, now the Westshore Community Library. She volunteered many hours helping the Friends of the Library collect, sort and sell books. Betty loved her friends and especially enjoyed Wednesday morning coffee with her Lakeside lady friends.
Betty was preceded in death by her infant son Arthur Crandall, brothers Bob and Ray Detten and sister-in-law Judy Detten.
She is survived by her brother Dick Detten of Ponca City, Okla.; brothers Tom and Joe Detten and sister-in-law Eileen Detten of Amarillo; as well as her daughters, Michelle Dauenhauer and Roxanne Baker of Kalispell, Mimi Lampert of Puyallup, Wash., Beth Rotteveel of Dixon, Calif., Yvonne Petrunin of Wilsonville, Ore., and Arlynne Crandall of Davis, Calif.; her two sons, Bill Crandall of Missoula and Robert Crandall of Leonardtown, Md.; 21 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday at Johnson Mortuary in Kalispell with a parish vigil service at 7 p.m.
Funeral Mass for Betty Crandall will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Kalispell with the Rev. Robert Noonan as celebrant. Burial will follow at C.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to the Westshore Community Library, P.O. Box 107, Lakeside, MT 59922.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary and Crematory.
Lillian Anna Noble
POLSON - Lillian Anna Noble, 77, of Polson, passed away at St. Joseph Assisted Living on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004.
Lillian was born to Ludwig and Francis Marion (Harlan) Pollmann on Nov. 9, 1926, in Reed Point. She attended schools in Polson and received her associate of arts degree from El Camino Junior College in Torrance, Calif.
Lillian married Neil Noble on May 29, 1947, in Missoula. They lived in Great Falls before moving to Southern California in 1952. They lived in California until retiring to Polson in 1982.
Lillian's activities included tennis, golf, photography, gold panning, silversmithing and jewelry making, sewing, crocheting, Bible study, and she was a rock hound. She was a fan of the Mission Valley Mariners and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
She loved gardening and drying fruit for her grandchildren. She enjoyed playing cribbage, Scrabble, cards and games of chance. Lillian especially loved to read and watch her children and grandchildren participate in sporting activities.
Lillian was the local TV and newspaper weather watcher. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Polson Ladies Golf League.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Neil and daughter Marion Dooley.
Lillian is survived by her children, Michael Noble and wife Quinci of Helena, Ronn Noble and wife Linda of Polson, Beth DeVore and husband Leonard of Hot Springs, and Paul Noble and wife Marie of Polson; son-in-law- Dennis Dooley of Polson; three sisters, Eve Funke of Polson, Carol (Gary) Thomas of Lake Mary Ronan and Karen (Dan) Corcoran of Point Arena, Calif.; one brother, Harlan "Chub" Pollmann of Ronan; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Grogan Funeral Home with a reception to follow the services. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Polson City Library.
Marjorie Mae Burtch
RONAN - Marjorie Mae Burtch, a resident of Dixon for nearly 60 years, died on New Year's Day, having spent the past 1 1/2 years as a resident at St. Luke's Extended Care Facility in Ronan.
She had been married to Robert Orlando Burtch for 49 years. He passed away in 1987.
Marge was born in Poplar, lived in California in her early years and came to Montana in her late teens. A dearly loved mother, sister, wife and neighbor, she died at 83 years of age.
Marge was a school cook at Dixon Public Schools in the 1960s and '70s, a very active volunteer with PTA and 4-H, and worked as a nurse's aide at St. Ignatius Holy Family Hospital for about 15 years. She was well known for all her kind and caring ways.
She loved to cook, canned everything Bob Burtch brought into the house, and enjoyed gardening, crafting and quilting. She also loved nature and bird watching.
She is survived by a sister, Mildred Morin of Missoula; a daughter, Donna Burtch Luecke of San Diego; a son, David Burtch of Dixon; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Ronan Christian Church with the Rev. Dewey Obenchain officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius.