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Vera V. Evenson

1918 - 2003

MISSOULA - Vera V. Evenson passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at St. Patrick Hospital of natural causes, surrounded by her children and loving family.

She was born Feb. 27, 1918, in Marshall, Ark., the daughter of John and Leah Rainbolt. As a young girl she moved with her family to Oklahoma where she was educated.

As a young adult, she married Marvin Moore in Oklahoma, where she started her family. She then moved to Montana where the rest of her children were born. The couple later divorced.

She later married Pete Lehl and they later divorced.

She married Lavern Evenson and they were married for 26 years.

As a single mother she worked for the Florence Laundry and the University of Montana (so she could raise her family).

She enjoyed playing bingo (her favorite game). She also enjoyed bowling and fishing with her husband Lavern and her family.

Her favorite holiday season was Christmas spent with her family.

She was a lifetime member of the VFW and a former member of the Moose Lodge.

Vera is survived by her children, Velma Chandler of Missoula, Ray Moore (Sylvia) of Twin Falls, Idaho, Marilyn Hunter of Missoula, Leonard Moore (Cheryl) of Missoula and Elmer Moore (Helen) of Missoula; stepchildren Katheryn Herman of Columbia Falls, Shirley Cochran of Kalispell and Charles Lehl of Missoula; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Orphus, Raymond, Ruel, Ivan and Sidney; her sisters, Ona, Ruth and Ruby; sons-in-law Al Hunter and Melvin Chandler; daughters-in-law Judy Moore and Irene Moore; stepson Bobby Joe Lehl; grandson Tony Moore; and great-granddaughter, Caldera Ellyn Moore.

Visitation will be 3-6 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and 1-6 p.m. Sunday at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.

Services are 1 p.m. Monday at Sunset Memorial Gardens, with Chaplain Tom King officiating.

Pallbearers are Ed Baylor, Ron Chandler, Gary McCullough, Larry Mickelson, Wally Simmert and Lyle Fost.

Honorary pallbearers are David Hunter, Dean Hunter, Ron Dowell, Toby Reiner, Troy Moore, Shane Moore, Chris Moore, Brad Moore, Steve Moore and Gene Chandler.

The family suggests memorials to the Missoula Heart Association and the Missoula Diabetes Association, local chapters.

I'm Free

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free

I'm following the path God laid for me

I took His hand when I heard Him call

I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day

to laugh, to love, to work or play

Tasks left undone must stay that way

I found that peace at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void

Then fill it with remembered joy.

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,

Ah yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow

My life's been full, I savored much,

Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief

Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your heart and share with me

God wanted me now; He set me free.

Genevieve Ann Thurman

BOZEMAN - Genevieve Ann Thurman, 79, of Bozeman, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2003.

She was born July 25, 1923, in Madison, Wis., to Joseph and Irene (Kaudy) Parker. When Genevieve was only 18 months old, her family moved to Butte. She went to high school and business school in Butte.

After she married Les Thurman they lived in Livingston, Virginia City, Missoula and Butte. In 1955, they moved back to Missoula. For most of her life, Genevieve was a full-time homemaker and worked side by side with Les, building their home in Missoula. After her family was grown, she worked at the University of Montana until her retirement.

During the years that Les was on home dialysis, they saw a need for a support system for kidney patients. Together with Bud and Carol Coates, they organized the Montana Kidney Club. She served as secretary for many years and kept a beautiful photo history of club activities. After losing Les to kidney failure, she sold the home that they had built and moved to Bozeman to be closer to her daughter Diane.

Genevieve enjoyed her family and numerous friends. She enjoyed playing pinochle and reading. Bible study fellowship held a special place in her life, as did her volunteer work at the Pioneer Museum. She also enjoyed playing a tune on the piano or organ.

She took pride in her home and always readily welcomed family or friends in for a cup of coffee (Yuban), a plate of homemade cookies and a warm smile. There were always lemon drops and lollipops for the great-grandchildren. Her kind and gentle way touched everyone she knew. She will be missed but never forgotten.

Genevieve is survived by her daughters, Diane (Bill) Willard of Bozeman and Deb Thurman of College Station, Texas; son Dan Thurman of Bozeman; brothers Chuck Kaudy of Missoula and Dick Parker of Kenton, Wash.; and grandchildren Danny, Autumn and Ramey Thurman, Ben, Angela and Scott Willard, Amy Bourgeau and Jennifer Bessire; and many nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial Mass will be at 11:30. a.m. Monday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Bozeman. A graveside committal service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Cemetery in Missoula.

Memorials in Genevieve's name may be made to Bible Study Fellowship International, 19001 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX 78258.

Harold R. Hart

MISSOULA - Harold R. Hart, 87, of Missoula, passed away Wednesday, April, 2, 2003, at St. Patrick Hospital of natural causes.

He was born Sept. 24, 1915, in Denver to Fannie and Harold C. Hart. He moved to Bozeman as a young boy, then to Missoula and became a carpenter. Harold served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 until 1945.

He was married to Ruth M. Malone in 1949 in Hamilton. They later moved back to Missoula where he worked as a carpenter until he retired in 1976. He was a member of the Carpenters Union Local No. 28.

He is survived by his wife Ruth of Missoula; one daughter, Evelyn Morris of Sequim, Wash.; two grandchildren, Jennifer Boyovich of Sequim and Jason Winkler of Auburn, Wash.; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

At Harold's request, no services will be held. Sunset Memorial Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.

Gwen Simkins Weaver

SUPERIOR - Gwen Simkins Weaver, 67, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at her home in Superior.

She was born Aug. 14, 1935, in Minneapolis to Marilyn Simkins and George Erickson. She moved to Superior in 1953 with her great-aunt Erickson in the Methodist parsonage. She spent her senior year in Superior and graduated in 1953. She then went on to nursing school at St. Pat's in Missoula.

Gwen married Gene Simkins in 1956 and raised five children in Superior where she worked at Mineral County Hospital until 1987. She moved to California after her divorce, where she worked as a nurse.

She married George Weaver in 1987. She worked for 43 years as a registered nurse in Montana and California.

Her hobbies included skydiving, ocean kayaking, powder puff demolition derby, underwater diving, traveling and square dancing. Gwen and George square danced their way through 11 years in California until their move to Kingman, Ariz., due to her amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease. Then the final move was to Superior to spend her final month at the family home surrounded by family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and great-aunt Constance Erickson.

Survivors include her husband George Weaver; former husband Gene Simkins; sister Sheri Abermoske and spouse Bill of Illinois; brother Bob Chmel of Minnesota; daughter Rebecca and son-in-law Dale and their kids Shawn and Kyle Magone of Superior; son Ben and daughter-in-law Paula and their kids Nicholas and Travis Simkins of St. Regis; daughter Bonnie and son-in-law Larry and their kids Christopher and Larry Mitchell of Kingman, Ariz.; son Brian Simkins of Kingman; son Gary and daughter-in-law Teresa and their kids Syleena, Brandon and Dustin Simkins of St. Regis; as well as 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Superior Methodist Church. A reception will follow at the church.

The family suggests donations be made to the following: Partners in Home Care Hospice, 2687 Palmer St., Suite B, Missoula, MT 59808; or Les Turner ALS Foundation, 8142 N. Lawndale Ave., Skokie, IL 60076-3322, 1-888-ALS-1107.

Dowling Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the Weaver family.

the life of: Saturday, April 5, 2003; Vera V. Evenson, Genevieve Ann Thurman, Harold R. Hart
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