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FLORENCE — It is with heavy hearts the family of Stacey Noelle Hardin announce her passing, surrounded by her loved ones, on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. Stacey was born Dec. 2, 1965, in Chico, California, the daughter of Susan Lynnette Hardin and Richard Dean Hardin.

Stacey attended school in California's Bay Area, after graduation working for Pacific Union Development in their construction department.

In 1986 she married and gave birth to her son, Christopher Samuel. In 1990 she packed up her small son, his Hot Wheel trike strapped to the top of the car and began her new life adventure moving to Missoula.

Stacey attended the University of Montana, earning bachelor of science degrees in accounting and child development.

Stacey has lived in Florence for the past 26 years. During that time she has owned and operated Lil Partner's Day Care and worked in the health care industry. She married Timothy Engebretson and had two beautiful daughters, Ali Rose and Jenna Fern. In 2004 Stacey attended Connole Morton, obtaining her real estate sales associate license and began working with her mother, Susan Hardin, broker for Prudential R.E. in their Florence office

Her favorite pastimes were hiking the trails along the Bitterroot River with her beloved Lab, Cody, camping, trips to Flathead and Lake Como, being on or near the water. She had a passion for old movies, listening at night to radio mysteries, and anything "cooking."

Stacey was a beautiful daughter and a loving mother and grandmother. She is survived by her children, Christopher Samuel Engebretson, Allison Rose Engebretson and Jenna Fern Engebretson. Her granddaughters, Alexis Irene Engebretson and Madilynn Sue Engebretson. Her parents, Susan L. Hardin, Richard D. Hardin, her brother, Richard Hardin Jr., her dear friend, Spencer  Rice, her Stair family in Hamden, Connecticut, her Hardin family in California and Jim and Nancy Engebretson, Thompson Falls.

The family would like to thank the Doctors and nurses at Community Medical Center who took such loving care of her during her illness. The blessings and prayers for our child and her children from Chaplain Judith Holloway were immeasurable. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at

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