Lia K. Moua
MISSOULA - Lia K. Moua, revered Hmong leader, died Friday, May 16, 2003, at the age of 77, of natural causes.
He was born in Pakha, Laos, on Sept.3, 1928, to Yia Xiong and Yong Moua. He grew up in Pakha and was one of the first in his village to learn to read and write the Laotian language.
In 1948, he married Mai Thao and five sons and two daughters were born to them.
He served in the Lao National Army in the special guerrilla units alongside the U.S. troops in the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1975. He was also the Laos government officer (mayor or governor) for a large area in northern Laos, providing leadership to more than 30,000 people until 1975.
When the Communists took control of Pakha, he escaped with his family across the Mekong River to Thailand. His wife and four of his children were sponsored and came to live in Missoula in 1976, but Lia remained in a Thailand refugee camp where he served his people voluntarily as their leader, judge and counselor until 1985.
In July 1978, Lia married Nou Yang and they came to Missoula on Nov. 15, 1985. Three sons and two daughters were born to them.
In Missoula, Lia continued to be a loved and respected leader for the Hmong community. Known to be very wise, kind and intelligent, Lia was a true peacemaker. He was a loving and wonderful husband, father and friend.
In Missoula, he and his wife Nou enjoyed their family and worked hard raising and selling produce at the Farmer's Market. He was a treasured member of the Christ the King Catholic Community. Lia will be missed and his memory cherished by his family and his many friends.
Lia is survived by his wife, Nou, and children, Jimmy, Be and Shaokee Moua at the family home in Missoula, Mai Thao of Missoula and children Neng Moua of Laos, Seng Moua of Missoula, Cher Moua of Fresno, Calif., Shoua Moua of Redmond, Wash., Vang Moua of Redmond, Mai Moua of Denver, and Sue Moua of Spokane; children Mee Moua of St. Paul, Minn., Choua Moua of Spokane and Fong Moua of St. Paul; 30 grandchildren; and numerous Hmong relatives also survive him.
Traditional Hmong services will be held from 6-11:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 8 a.m. until noon Monday, at the Montana Cremation and Memorial Society. All of Lia's friends are welcome to attend these traditional services for any length of time. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Christ he King Church. Graveside services will follow at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.
Hannah Lynn Andrus
TURAH - He makes me lie down in green pastures, beside quiet waters. Hannah joined her mother Thursday, May 22, 2003, after succumbing to injuries from an automobile accident.
Hannah was born Nov. 27, 1987, to Joni Sebring and David Andrus. She arrived late for Thanksgiving dinner, but made sure she was never late again.
Hannah always seemed to be in a hurry, ready and anxious to see what was around the next bend in the trail. She never learned to crawl, just got up and started walking when only 9 months old.
Hannah had a great big heart. She loved animals and had rabbits, cats, dogs, mice, guinea pigs and horses for pets. Hannah had a special place in her heart for little kids and was a big hit with little brothers and sisters of her many friends. She and her sister, Emma, loved being outdoors camping with their dad.
Adventure was calling her name. She wanted to be an author who would write about the various adventures that she planned, trekking around the world. Reading about the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest, she vowed to climb it someday.
Her greatest adventure was hiking with her father from one end of the Bob Marshall Wilderness to the other while doing research. There she had ample opportunity to lie down in green pastures and dream.
In 2001, Hannah lost her mom to diabetes. She was a great help to her sister Emma and her father.
Besides her father and sister, she is survived by her aunt and uncle, Kathy and Mel Simmons of Wenatchee, Wash.; aunt and uncle, Diane and Robert Jasperson of Spokane; aunt and uncle, Eileen and Gary Schutte of Chicago; her uncle, Tom Sebring; her great-aunt and great-uncle, Linda and Tom Andrus; and her grandparents, John and Helen Sebring, Lois Andrus and Al and Louise Andrus, all of Missoula.
A public memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Clinton School. A service for family and intimate friends will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Unity Church of Missoula, 546 South Ave. W.
Dorothy B. Glidewell
STERLING, Va. - Dorothy B. Glidewell died at her daughter's home in Sterling, Va., on Thursday, May 22, 2003.
She is survived by her sister, Frances Reilly of Cool, Calif.; her daughter, Janette Blackwell of Sterling; her son, David Glidewell of Lolo; and four grandchildren, Paul Glidewell, Mark Glidewell and Serena Glidewell, all of Lolo and Sharla Sweet of Missoula.
She had, in addition, seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dorothy was born April 14, 1915, to Hattie and Albert Hess. She grew up on their ranch near Victor.
In 1937, she married Claris Glidewell and they farmed near Corvallis from 1937 to 1976. In 1977, she moved to Christian Retreat in Bradenton, Fla., and lived there until she suffered a stroke in 1988. From that time until her death, she lived with her daughter Janette in Virginia.
Dorothy lived her Christian faith in small ways and great. She was a woman of prayer, and even after she was no longer able to leave her bed, she showed her love for others in that way. As her pastor once said, "God hears Dorothy when she prays, because she prays from the heart!"
All her life Dorothy loved music and loved flowers. When she was younger she enjoyed playing the piano and grew beautiful irises. She had a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor that stayed with her throughout her life.
Dorothy would humbly say that she didn't have any major accomplishments, but her children beg to differ. Among her accomplishments were her fried chicken dinners and a hidden ministry of kindness toward neighbors and friends.
Proverbs 31 says that charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Dorothy was a mother to be praised. Those who knew her will greatly miss her sweet spirit and loving heart.
Memorial services will be held Sunday in Sterling, Va., and also in August in Corvallis, at a date to be announced.
MISSOULA - Bernard Kenny, 77, of Missoula passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at St. Patrick Hospital of complications from a stroke.
He was born Aug. 9, 1925, to Frances Veronica Daly and Joseph Edward Kenny in Savoy, where he was raised, attended school and was self taught.
He was married to June Green and together they had four daughters and one son. Bernard also adopted a son, Rick.
He married Mary Fifield on March 29, 1985, and they honeymooned to Alaska on a gold mining expedition. The extended family included four stepchildren.
Bernard's knowledge of the floor covering business was well known, first in Washington and then in Montana, where he taught the craft to many others.
Bernard had a passion for gold prospecting and mining and building mining equipment. He also enjoyed playing pool, dominos and cards.
He had deep religious convictions and spent many hours at his typewriter expressing his thoughts and ideas to others. It was his lifelong dream to eventually write a book.
Mr. Kenny was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Frances, Joe, Margaret and Helen; son, Rick; stepson, Steve Steele; and stepdaughter, Debra Hobson.
He is survived by his wife, Mary in Missoula; sister, Joyce Kenny in California; children, Veronica (Phil) Schlaht of Missoula, Teresa Hughes of Seattle, Kathy (George) Joyner of Bothell, Wash., Ed (Shelly) Kenny of Ukiah, Calif., Mary (Bob) Gidley of Marysville, Wash., Doris (Bob) Skiles of Seeley Lake and Cindy Steele of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and dear friend, Robert Vasecka.
A rosary will be said in Bernard's honor at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday also at St. Francis Xavier. There will be a private interment at St. Mary's Cemetery.
Margaret Mae McColley Bilyeu
MISSOULA - On Tuesday, May 27, 2003, Margaret Mae McColley Bilyeu gave up the fight and went to be with the Lord and be reunited with her family who had gone before her.
For a little woman, Margaret was tough. Her health battles through the years proved over and over her resilience.
Margaret was born Aug. 6, 1922, in Winnebago, Minn., to Alvin and Selma McColley. She was the fifth of six children. Margaret's family has been in the United States since before the Revolutionary War.
She was a child of the Depression and a survivor of World War II. On Dec. 20, 1941, she married Francis Bilyeu, the love of her life, before he was shipped to Europe in 1943. Margaret waited until 1946 for Francis to return home.
Margaret is survived by her husband of 62 years, Francis, at their home in Missoula.
Also surviving are three daughters, Sharon Bilyeu of Missoula, Linda "Goldie" Dobak and her husband John of Missoula, Carole Spooner and her husband John of Lewiston, Idaho; one son, Robert Bilyeu and his wife Suzanne of Stevensville; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; along with various nieces and nephews scattered around the country.
Mama's life was her family - making a home and seeing that all needs and wants were met. Fortunate are the children who had either cinnamon rolls, brownies or homemade bread warm from the oven waiting for them when they got off the school bus. Her grandchildren must have eaten thousands of chocolate quick cookies.
While Mama was able, she loved to fish. Walleye fishing in Minnesota had a special place in her heart. Opening of fishing season always saw Mom and Dad up and out on the lake. In Montana, Mama had a special lure that was kept in a small box in the bottom of her purse, and no one had better mess with her lure. She passed on her love of fishing and the outdoors to her entire family.
After the children had all left home, Mama decided to try her hand at writing children's literature. She took writing courses from the Children's Institute of Literature and really enjoyed trying to express her thoughts on paper. Mama left us with unpublished stories but these stories have been enjoyed by all her grandchildren.
Mama was very special to all. She will be greatly missed as wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her life on this earth has left a wonderful legacy in the generations following her. Mama has become a beloved part of our long family history.
A memorial celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Montana Cremation and Memorial Society, 3035 S. Russell, across from the YMCA.
Cremation has taken place.
The family suggests any memorials be given to Partners in Home Care Hospice, 2687 Palmer, Suite B, Missoula, MT 59808.
Gyme Franklin Kelly
ST. REGIS - Gyme F. Kelly, 63, of St. Regis died as a result of injuries sustained in a logging accident near Kalispell on Tuesday, May 27, 2003.
Visitation will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Church of God in Paradise. Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday at the church, with Gyme's brother, Pastor Gary Kelly officiating. Burial will follow at Plains Cemetery.
A full obituary will follow.
Coffelt-Bunch Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Charles Ordish
KALISPELL - Robert C. Ordish, 85, died at his Kalispell home Tuesday, May 27, 2003.
Robert was born Oct. 2, 1917, in Kalispell, to Charles E. and Lillian (Flagg) Ordish.
He graduated from Flathead County High School. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and loved hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his sons, Robert Ordish of Las Vegas and Terry Ordish of North Carolina; sister, Nita Painter of California; four grandchildren, R.C., Zach, Michelle and Christa; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at C.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery, with Pastor Robert Reasner officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary and Crematory.