David L. Shaw
MISSOULA - David L. Shaw, 51, of Missoula, went home to his Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, May 7, 2003. He had a valiant fight with cancer.
He was born Feb. 16, 1952, in Dayton, Wash., to Alice and Bill Shaw. As a young boy he grew up along the Clark Fork near Alberton and attended school there until 16.
He graduated from Sanford High School in Sanford, Colo., in 1971 and then David served a mission for two years in Brazil. He attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University.
In 1975, he married Terri Dell in Cardston, Alberta. The couple lived in British Columbia for 17 years and had three children: a daughter and two sons.
In 1992, David wanted to come home to Montana and have his family know the place he loved. David worked at Bitterroot Motors in sales.
Survivors include his wife Terri of Missoula; daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Haydn Hasler of Missoula; sons Nathan and son Sam, both of Missoula; parents Alice and Bill Shaw of Walla Walla, Wash.; brother James Shaw of Walla Walla; sister and brother-in-law Kris and John Youd of Walla Walla; sister and brother-in-law Cynthia and Lance Hatch of Walla Walla; and brother and sister-in-law Matthew and Joanne Shaw of Prince George, British Columbia.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Mountain View Chapel on Ninth Street in Missoula. There will be a private family burial at Sunset Cemetery.
The family suggests any donations go to Partners in Home Care - Hospice, 2687 Palmer St., Suite B, Missoula, MT 59808.
Mildred E. Vevik
MISSOULA - Mildred E. "Millie" Vevik, 82, passed away on Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at Riverside Health Care Center.
Millie was born Mildred Brillhart in Stevensville to Carrie and Orsini Brillhart on May 21, 1920.
She was raised in Stevensville and Missoula and lived her entire life in western Montana. She attended school in Stevensville and Missoula, graduating from Missoula County High School in 1938.
As a young woman, Millie was a waitress and continued until becoming a full-time housewife in her 40s, with almost the entire time spent at Peek's Pharmacy lunch counter in downtown Missoula.
She married Ray Vevik in 1950 and they were married 48 years until his death in 1998. After Ray's death, Millie lived alone at the family home they purchased in 1958.
One of her favorite pastimes was bowling, at which she was good. The many years of pleasure and friendship she shared with her bowling buddies remained in her memories her entire life.
Gambling was another great love. She and Ray traveled to Jackpot, Nev., to play the slots and donate to their economy many times when she and Ray were both healthy.
Millie will be remembered most by all of us for her courage and determination to live alone and remain independent as blindness overtook her, leaving her with only blurred vision and the ability to tell light from dark her final years of life. Somehow she found a way to cook, clean and care for herself without asking for help.
Millie was sweet, kind, generous and a remarkable woman to the end. She will be dearly missed by all of us who had the privilege of knowing and loving her. She will not be easily forgotten.
Millie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ray, sister Mary, brother Thomas and grandson Mark Danielson.
Her only son, Bruce Danielson and wife Tina; grandchildren Kelly Danielson, Cory Danielson and Christin Lulow, all of Missoula, Leslee Kress and Ryan Senechal of Orlando, Fla.; and three great-grandchildren survive her.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Garden City Funeral Home, with a reception to follow immediately.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Camp Mak-A-Dream, P.O. Box 1450, Missoula, MT 59806.
Donald V. James
MISSOULA - Donald V. "Don" James, 87, was called home on Friday, May 9, 2003.
He was born on Jan. 16, 1916, in Woodworth to the late David and Mary James.
He married the love of his life, Lucille Jacobsen, on Jan. 25, 1941. Their marriage was filled with love and happiness for 62 years. Don and Lucille lived in Woodworth until 1960, when they moved to Potomac.
Don worked in the logging industry for 42 years for the Anaconda Co. and Champion International until his retirement on Dec. 1, 1980. At that time, he and Lucille moved to and settled in Missoula.
They enjoyed a long, happy retirement filled with dancing, journeys to visit family and friends and wonderful trips to Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, Canada, Wales, the Panama Canal and many other places.
Don attended elementary school in Woodworth and an agricultural college in Bozeman.
He proudly served his country in World War II as a Navy Seabee from September 1942 until October 1945. Although he served time there, he was fortunate enough to survive the battle on Iwo Jima.
Don was proud of his Welsh heritage. His parents immigrated to the United States from Wales in 1913. His trip to Wales with his wife in 1989 to meet his relatives there and visit the homestead was one of the highlights of his life.
He loved to hunt and fish and on a trip to Alaska in 1995, just a few months shy of his 80th birthday, he landed a 70 pound halibut. One of his favorite hobbies was working in his vegetable garden, which had to be perfectly groomed.
During his younger days, Don was an accomplished carpenter and was always in demand to build things. He was extra special to his grandchildren and taught how to fish, camp and enjoy wildlife and the great outdoors.
Don was affectionately known to his family as "Bud."
He is survived by his wife Lucille; daughter Jean Hemphill of Missoula; son and daughter-in-law Ronald and Teresa James of Potomac; grandson Curtis Hemphill and his wife Laura of Sparks, Nev.; granddaughter Candace Harpole and her husband Jack of Maui, Hawaii; great-grandchildren Lincoln and Samantha Hemphill and Zoie Harpole; sister Ruby McIntee of Portland, Ore.; brother and sister-in-law David "Sonny" and Lois James of Woodworth; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents David and Mary James; his sisters, Valerie DeWitt and Dorothy Raymer; and his grandson, Jason James.
The family extends many thanks to the staffs of Village Health Care Center and Partners in Home Care for the wonderful and loving care they gave to Don.
Don was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather and fond memories of him and love for him will remain in our hearts forever. We miss you, "Bud."
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Garden City Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Missoula Cemetery. There will be a reception at the funeral home following the committal services.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in Don's name be made to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, 2291 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59808; or Camp Mak-A-Dream, 32 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, MT 59804; or a charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
God saw him getting tired
And a cure was not to be
So he put his arms around him
And whispered, "Come with me."
Virgil S. Norbury
MISSOULA - Virgil S. Norbury, 68, of Missoula, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at St. Patrick Hospital.
He was born on March 2, 1935, in Plevna, Kan., to the late Walter L. and Edna L. Stroud Norbury. Virgil was raised and educated in Corvallis.
He was a member of some Missoula car clubs and enjoyed restoring classic cars and tractors. Virgil loved to tinker and build things in his shop. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Virgil drove truck for Missoula Cartage Co. for 33 years.
Surviving include his children, Linda (Bill) Calhoun of Anaconda, Virgil L. Norbury Jr. of Missoula and Sandra Lea Norbury of Anaconda; grandchildren Lance Calhoun of Colorado, Bob and Scott Calhoun, both of Anaconda, Vern Norbury of Missoula and Travis L. Brooke of Anaconda; great-grandchild Hannah Calhoun of Colorado; brothers and sisters Agnes (Orland) Bratten of Arizona, Bill (Scoopie) Norbury of Hamilton, Jim (Darlene) Norbury of Butte, Shirlie (Ted) Parini of Butte and Merlin (Elle) Norbury of Butte; and stepchildren Doug, Danny, Bobby, Cindy and Debbie.
Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart Mission in Arlee.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart Mission, with Father Andrew L. Maddock presiding. A reception will follow the Mass at the mission. Interment will take place at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Corvallis Cemetery in Corvallis.
Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.
Virgil's family wishes to express their appreciation for the excellent care given by the Montana Cancer Center, St. Patrick Hospital and the support of his friends and church.
The family suggests memorials to the Montana Cancer Specialists, P.O. Box 7877, Missoula, MT 59807-7877.
Doris M. Blanchard
HOT SPRINGS - Doris M. Blanchard, 85, of Hot Springs, passed away on Friday, May 9, 2003, at Evergreen Nursing Home in Hot Springs surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on April 1, 1918, in Wilder, Idaho, the daughter of Minnie and George Evins. When Doris was a child, her family moved to Fort Shaw and eventually settled in the Eureka area where she attended school with her 10 siblings.
Doris married Ferris F. Blanchard in 1934. They were married for 44 years until his death in 1979.
Doris was an honored member of the Hot Springs Senior Citizens Center and was named 2002 Senior of the Year. Her many contributions included homemade cookies and generous amounts of her time.
She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Dick and Germaine Blanchard of Hot Springs, Bob and Mel Blanchard of Lafayette, Ore., Fred and Billie Blanchard of Portland, Ore., and Bill and Delva Rae Blanchard of Bigfork; two brothers, George Evins and Dean Evins and wife Dee; one sister, Violet Shelby; two sisters-in-law, Jeannine Marjerrison and Tress Evins; one brother-in-law, Winnie Pluid; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the Coffelt-Bunch Funeral Chapel in Plains. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at the First Church of God in Plains, with the Rev. Roy Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Plains Cemetery with her four sons as pallbearers.
Amanda Genelia Shell
1911 - 2003
STEVENSVILLE - Amanda Genelia "Grama Jo" Shell, 92, peacefully answered God's call and went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, May 7, 2003.
She was born on Jan. 15, 1911, in Oklahoma Territory to Jefferson M. and Gena Perlina (Curtis) Morgan.
She married Frank Richardson in June 1929. In September 1956, she married James R. Shell.
Grama Jo was a life member of the Daughters of the America Revolution with ancestry through presidents Cleveland and Adams.
As a career woman she pioneered the field from key punch to computers for the Safeway Stores.
She enjoyed her family and friends, gardening, canning, fishing, knitting crossword puzzles and watching "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" on television.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, two brothers and six sisters; she was the last of 10 siblings.
Survivors include two daughters, Amanda Genel (Mark) Hayes, Linda Kay (Ward) Caldwell; one son, T.C. (Louisa) Richardson; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday at Sunnyside Cemetery, Stevensville, with Pastor Jim Carlson and Pastor Steve Lockrem officiating.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Lone Rock Bible Church, P.O. Box 118, Stevensville, MT 59870.
The Whitesitt Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Stevensville is in charge of arrangements.
Montana J. 'Tana' Grady
VALLEJO, Calif. - Montana J. "Tana" Grady, a longtime resident of Vallejo, died on Monday, May 5, 2003.
Ms. Grady was born in Boulder, near the copper mining town of Butte. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lee Grady, moved to the western part of Montana where Ms. Grady graduated from Darby Elementary School, Hamilton High School and the University of Montana in Missoula with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration.
In 1942, Ms. Grady earned her master's degree from the University of Montana and continued through the years to earn credits at the universities of Washington, Oregon and California and the then-called state colleges of San Francisco and San Diego in California.
Ms. Grady made teaching her career. She was a high school teacher in Montana prior to teaching four years in the business administration department at the University of Montana.
She came to California on a vacation and stayed to teach at Vallejo Senior High School for one year and then at Vallejo Junior College and Solano Community College. She retired from teaching in 1974.
Ms. Grady maintained membership in the national, state and local teacher associations, was a member of Vallejo First Presbyterian Church, College Women's Club, Chapter KL of PEO, Sisterhood Electa Chapter of Eastern Star in Missoula and also Chapter No. 278 of Eastern Star in Vallejo.
She was also a member of Delta Xi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Honor Society for women in education and a member of the Vallejo Naval and Historic Museum.
Ms. Grady was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Mrs. Ruth Townsend of Darby; her brother, Daniel A. Grady of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and her nephews, Martin V. Townsend of Darby, Eugene G. Olsen of Scottscale, Ariz., and Ernest E. Townsend of Darby.
She is survived by great-nieces and great-nephews Patricia Townsend Helm of Wonowon, British Columbia, Ruth Elynor Townsend of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Larry Townsend of Darby and Thomas Michael Townsend of Pasco, Wash.
Inurnment will be private at Missoula Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wiggins-Knipp Funeral Home, Vallejo.