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Sunday, December 26, 2004; Joyce Luette Redding, Elveda Violet Duus, George W. Canfield, Barbara Louise Jones, William "Doc" Smith, Helen M. Jones
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Sunday, December 26, 2004; Joyce Luette Redding, Elveda Violet Duus, George W. Canfield, Barbara Louise Jones, William "Doc" Smith, Helen M. Jones

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Joyce Luetta Redding

1900 - 2004

STEVENSVILLE - Joyce Luetta Redding, 104, a Bitterroot Valley native, died at the Bitterroot Valley Living Center in Stevensville on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004.

Joyce was born on the family homestead at Pleasant View west of Victor on Feb. 13, 1900, to pioneer parents Alice Mae (Chilson) and John R. Hickey.

Joyce graduated from Victor High School in 1921 and was one of the oldest Victor graduates in the state of Montana at the time of her death. Joyce attended summer sessions at the University of Montana, qualifying her to teach at that time. For the next seven years she taught in the Frenchtown, Bozeman and Burnt Fork schools. In 1928, Joyce graduated from Western Montana College in Dillon and began teaching the first grade in Stevensville. She taught for 33 years before retiring in 1961.

On June 1, 1939, she and Earl F. Redding were married. They were married 42 years, always residing in Stevensville. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1981.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Stevensville, Ladies Aid, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and Beulah Chapter No. 8 Order of Eastern Star for over 50 years.

She was honored during her teaching career by the Valley Forge Freedom Foundation for teaching "Americanism" in public schools and also by the Stevensville Civic Club as Citizen of the Year in 1990.

Joyce loved the Bitterroot Valley and her many, many students who were so special to her throughout the years. She celebrated many happy occasions with friends and family members and most memorable was the "100th" birthday party with 100 guests, 100 roses and greetings from President Bill Clinton, Gov. Marc Racicot and Sen. Fred Thomas.

It is noteworthy to mention the plaque displayed on her wall that so adequately expressed her years of teaching the first grade: "A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove҆ but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."

In 1994, she moved to the independent living center and in 2001 to the assisted living center. During this time with the aid of her walker, she was still able to attend the weekly church services, join the festivities, meals in the dining room and visit Geri Johnson in the beauty parlor.

Joyce's family expresses their gratitude to all those responsible for the loving care and kindness Joyce received at the Bitterroot Valley Living Center.

Besides her husband Earl, she was preceded in death by her father in 1936 and her mother in 1964; brothers Herbert, Russell, Ted and Wesley Hickey; her sister, Alice Roberts in 1986; brother-in-law Earl Roberts in 1996; and sister-in-law Irene Johnson Hickey in 1998.

Survivors include nieces Earlene Roberts (Mel) Gaudin of Victor, Janet Hickey (Keith) McCormick of Florence, Luanne Hickey Paulson of Whitefish, Marj Hickey Welsh of Spokane and Evie Redding Krause of Sun Prairie, Wis.; and nephew Dr. Howard (Gwen) Hickey of The Villages, Fla.

Also surviving are great-nieces Cheri (Butch) Smith of Hamilton, Karen Ford Gregory of Sheridan, Ore., Kerrie Paulson of Whitefish, Sandy Hickey (Jim) Crouse of Billings and Brooks Hickey (Dan) Flori of Littleton, Colo.; great-nephews Michael (Sherri) Gaudin of Hamilton, Richard Ford of Seattle, Mike (Janice) Paulson of Shelton, Wash., Roger (Tomiko) Paulson of Salem, Ore.; and several great-great-nieces and nephews and cousins.

Funeral services to celebrate Joyce's life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27, at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville with Pastor Ben Baker officiating. Interment will follow at the Victor Cemetery.

Elveda Violet Duus

HAMILTON - Elveda Violet Johnson was born in Philipsburg on Dec. 29, 1929, to parents Adeline Holberg and Harry Johnson.

Elveda passed away Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at her home in Hamilton, after a long and gallant battle with many medical problems. Her fortitude and ever-ready reply, "I can't complain," and beautiful smile were always present.

The family is grateful to the many hospice volunteers and the special care given by Valeda Siek and Lori Burnham. Without them, Elveda wouldn't have been able to stay at home these last few months.

Elveda grew up in Philipsburg, always tagging along after her older brother and sisters. The family moved to the Bitterroot when she was 11. She graduated from Hamilton High School in 1948, and then attended Kinman Business School in Spokane.

She married James M. Duus on Nov. 26, 1949, in Hamilton. They had just recently celebrated 55 years of marriage.

Elveda loved helping on the family ranch. She claimed the branding iron for many years, putting the PD on thousands of head of cattle. Whether it was raking a field of hay or getting a "calvy cow" in at 3 a.m., she was always game.

In her younger years, Elveda was a member of a championship bowling team. She became an accomplished trap shooter, winning the Washington state Lady's Handicap Championship in 1969, shooting against two all-American trap shooters. She accompanied her husband trap shooting all over the West.

Elveda is survived by her husband Jim Duus, daughter Lindy Wemple and son Jeff Duus, all of Hamilton; grandsons Deven Robinson, Nathan Duus and Fritz Robinson; sisters Montana Maples of Seattle, and Vivian Jensen and husband Bob of Missoula; brother Harry "Buz" Johnson of Boulder; many nieces and nephews; and Shirley Manley, Florence Hyatt and many other close and longtime friends.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her son David Duus and grandson Michael Duus.

Elveda always knew where and what her family was up to. Her round table always had a seat and the coffee pot was always on, where her extended family of kids and friends were always welcome. Her beautiful smile will be remembered by all who knew her.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton. Private family urn placement will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Bitterroot, 1200 Westwood Drive, Hamilton, MT 59840.

George W. Canfield

STEVENSVILLE - George Wallace Canfield, 83, of Stevensville, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

He was born June 9, 1921, in Taft, Calif.

George is survived by his wife Ruth of Stevensville; children David Canfield of Las Vegas, and Linda Holt and Gail Bell, both of Stevensville; sister Georgia (Forbes) Burness of Burlingame, Calif.; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

No formal services are scheduled.

Whitesitt Funeral Home and Cremation of Stevensville is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Louise Jones

HELENA - Beloved wife, mother and grandmother Barbara Louise Jones (Grandma Barb), 65, of Helena, passed away Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at her home.

Barb was born to George and Virginia Tippett on Feb. 23, 1939, in Butte. Her mother passed away in 1942 from polio. Barb attended Emerson Grade School, Butte High School and Montana State University in Missoula, where she received a degree in secondary education. Barb returned to Butte and taught Spanish at Butte High School from 1961 to 1965 and from 1966 to 1967.

She married Vernon E. Jones on April 18, 1965, in Butte. After the birth of their second child, Barb retired from teaching to care for her family, which was her true passion in life.

Barb and her family moved from Butte to Missoula in 1969, where she was very involved with her children's activities, including PTA, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Sentinel High School Band Parents. She took a job as the hot-lunch hostess at Russell Elementary School in the late 1970s so she could work close to her kids.

Barb and her family moved from Missoula to Helena in 1988, where she worked as an attendance clerk at Helena High School until 1998.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved grandson Will.

She is survived by her husband Vern; her sons and daughters-in-law, Vern and Kathleen Jones of Helena, and Gary and Lisa Jones of Butte; daughter and son-in-law Sherry and Tim Van Blaricom of Camby, Ore.; grandchildren Veronica and Virginia Jones, Rebecca and Jessica Jones and Shawn Van Blaricom.

A private family funeral service will be held at the Retz Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, Dec. 28. Cremation will follow the services and placement of her cremated remains will be in Butte at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Shodair Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 5539 Helena, MT 59604-5539.

William 'Doc' Smith

DARBY - William "Doc" Smith, 72, of Darby, passed away Dec. 17, 2004, at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton after a long illness.

He was born July 28, 1932, in Cedar Key, Fla., the son of William Smith Sr. and Verdie Smith.

Doc was raised and educated in Florida. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served until his honorable discharge.

Doc married Wilma D. Gydesen on June 1, 1952, in Oakland, Calif., and together they had four children.

Doc was a charter member of the International Order of Camel Jockeys. He was an avid hunter and gun enthusiast.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter Kathleen Broderick.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Wilma, of Darby; three children, Michael Smith and Patrick Smith, both of Reno, Nev., and Rebecca Niles of Darby; three sisters, Virginia Scott of Lakeland, Fla., Mary Vannier of Plant City, Fla., and Marie Allen of Fallon, Nev.; a brother, Ronald Smith of Redwood City, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Services for Doc will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, at the Four Square Church in Darby with Pastor John Yuhas officiating.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.

Helen M. Jones

HAMILTON - Helen M. Jones, of Hamilton, passed away Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004, in Hamilton at the Valley View Estates.

Helen Marie was born on Aug. 20, 1916, in Hamilton, the daughter of the late Peter and Winifred Leibel Parpolia. She graduated from Hamilton High School in 1935.

In June 1935, she married Lawrence Jones in Hamilton. The couple lived on the Bitter Root Stock Farm. They farmed for 16 years and in 1957 moved to Missoula where Lawrence was employed by the American Crystal Sugar Co. and Helen was employed by Super Save Grocery as a checker for 8 1/2 years.

She moved to Grand Forks, N.D., in 1966 when her husband was transferred. In 1974 they moved to Crookston, Minn., and Helen worked in the hot lunch program for nine years.

The couple moved back to Missoula after retirement in 1975, to the Glen Rangitsch ranch for five years and then to Hamilton in 1980.

Helen was a volunteer at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital for six years. She and her husband belonged to the Balance & Swing Square Dance Club and were members of the Bitter Root Good Sams. She loved the outdoors; the couple spent summers traveling in their travel trailer and camping.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband in 1998, and by two brothers and three sisters.

Helen is survived by her sons, Larry and his wife Donna Jones of Corvallis, Gary and his wife Loretta Jones of Troy, and Darrell and his wife Rae Lynn Jones of Tigard, Ore.; six grandchildren, several step-grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A service to celebrate her life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31, at the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton. Private family urn placement will take place at a later date.

The family suggests memorials to Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.

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