Harriette Louise (Jones) McCluggage
MISSOULA - Harriette McCluggage, 97, died peacefully at the Riverside Health Care Center on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, after a long, courageous battle with old age. Though she became more and more feeble, her spunky personality and sense of humor remained until very near the end.
Harriette was born on a farm in rural Kansas on Aug. 12, 1906, the only child of Frank and Grace Jones. She grew up in Kansas and Oklahoma, graduating from Friends University in Wichita in 1928.
In 1931 she married Randolph McCluggage, a newly ordained Presbyterian minister. For the next 57 years, as her husband served in the Sunday School Missions Service for the Presbyterian Church, Harriette served as the "preacher's wife" in small towns throughout the country.
During the 1940s, the young couple held church services in small towns scattered over 50,000 square miles in the Four Corners area in the southwestern United States. In Mesa Verde Park, after a harrowing ride up the steep, narrow roads that then led to the park, Harriette would play a small pump organ that - unloaded for each service from the back of a Chevy Suburban - rested perilously near the edge of a cliff. Her young children feared that the vigorous pumping would propel Harriette and organ down the steep sandstone slopes just behind her.
In 1950 Harriette and Randolph packed three kids and all their household goods into the Chevy Suburban to drive the Alaska Highway, not long after it first opened to the public. In southeast Alaska, about 12 miles north of Juneau and some distance from the nearest neighbors, Harriette and Randolph organized and built the Chapel-by-the-Lake, located near the Mendenhall Glacier and often called "the most photographed site in Alaska." Their water for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing clothes was stained deep cider-brown from the muskeg. For a special treat, they would haul a washtub of glacier ice or collect rainwater in a large stockpot to use for drinking.
After leaving Alaska in 1961, Harriette and her husband spent the next 16 years serving small communities where the Presbyterian church had no full-time pastor. She eventually lived in 11 different states, from Maine to Alaska, and from New York to Iowa to New Mexico, enjoying the frigid winters of upstate New York, the sticky summers of Iowa and the dry desert heat of New Mexico. Harriette moved to Montana in 2000 to be near her daughter, Mary Lynne Swick.
In addition to being a preacher's wife, Harriette also was a radio announcer in Sitka, Alaska, a schoolteacher in several small towns in Colorado and the librarian in Juneau, Alaska.
She was preceded in death by her husband Randolph in 1988.
Survivors include her daughters Margaret Smith and husband Paul of Fort Collins, Colo., and Mary Lynne Swick and husband Herbert of Missoula; son Dennis McCluggage and wife Brenda of Juneau; as well as five granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren.
Harriette's sense of humor, her curiosity about life, her skillful piano playing, and her love of language and word play all made her a pleasure to know. She spent many hours puzzling how best to diagram the first sentence of the "Star-Spangled Banner," and she finally learned how much Chicago's Sears Tower sways in a stiff wind.
Services will be held at the Aztec Presbyterian Church in Aztec, N.M., on Sunday, Feb. 1, with graveside services to follow.
The family wishes to thank the excellent staff at Riverside Health Care Center and Dr. Michael Caldwell for their care.
Those wishing to remember Harriette are invited to make a donation in her name to the Montana Talking Book Library (1515 E. Sixth Ave., P.O. Box 201800, Helena, MT 59620) or to their favorite charity.
Funeral arrangements are being made by Livingston, Malletta & Geraghty Funeral Home in Missoula and McCoy Funeral Home in Farmington, N.M.
Robert Jackson 'Bob' Munro
MISSOULA - Robert Jackson "Bob" Munro, 54, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at St. Patrick Hospital.
He was born in Baker, Ore., on July 28, 1949, the son of Nancy J. Munro and the late James J.R. Munro. Bob was a graduate of the University of Montana with degrees in anthropology and social work.
He is survived by wife Barbara A. Munro, adopted son John Cummings and brother James W. Munro, all of Missoula, and sisters Elizabeth Rea Spangler of Cottonwood, Ariz., and Peggy Munro Scholberg of St. Paul, Minn.
He will be greatly missed by many, including aunt Ada Rickert and cousin Jamie Rickert; aunt Bessie and uncle Marco P. Barbarin; in-laws Tom and Peggy Reed; treasured friends Van Wickman, Jeff and Ann Minckler, Bill and Eddie Stansberry, Al Meyer, Steve and Monica Corrick, the "Band of Angels" Kim Meyer, Judy Kelly, Georgia Honey, Terry Cady; all of his friends at Osco; and Ruari, whom he adored.
Bob will be remembered most for his amazing gifts of his ingenious humor, constant warmth and compassion for others, and deep, abiding faith.
In lieu of flowers, any donations may be sent to NAMI - Missoula, P.O. Box 5413, Missoula, MT 59806.
A service in celebration of Bob's life will be held at the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow providing an opportunity for his friends to rejoice in his life.
Viola E. 'Mickey' Hogue
BIGFORK - Viola E. "Micky" Hogue, 84, of Bigfork, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at her home.
She was born April 18, 1919, in St. Ignatius to John "Jack" and Edna (Lisch) Lindsay.
On Feb. 21, 1944, she married Dwight N. Hogue in Missoula.
Survivors include her husband Dwight of Bigfork; daughter Judy Warren of Bigfork; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the New Life Alliance Church (the Little Brown Church). Burial will take place at a later date in the Bigfork Community Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to a charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary in Kalispell.