ELLISTON - Elve Newman, 94, passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at her home in Elliston with her family at her side.
Born in Berkeley, Calif., on July 17, 1909, to Finnish immigrants, Elve was the middle child in a family of 11.
Elve worked as a seamstress and tailor in San Francisco until 1934. At that time she married Dave Newman and moved to Montana, where they joined Dave's brother Leo and his new bride, Kay, in a prospecting venture south of Elliston on Telegraph Creek.
During an interview with the Connie Evener, Helena Independent Record, in 1994, Elve recalled that in San Francisco in 1934, "People were selling apples in the streets. Building was slow and there wasn't much work, especially for the men. I was lucky. I had a job. I'd started working as a seamstress when I was 17, making $16 a week."
When the Newman brothers brought their brides to the honeymoon cabins on Telegraph Creek, the game was pretty well thinned out. Although the men did hunt, "there wasn't any meat to be had," said Elve. "That first year we moved up there, people said you could buy a lamb in Avon for a dollar. But nobody had a dollar." The Newman's did "OK" with their gold and silver mining. "They didn't make a mint, but they did make a living," said Elve. "And during the Depression, if you could make a living, that was something."
The road to the Newman's camp stopped at the present day YMCA Camp Child. From there they hitched up a wagon and set out on the final six miles to their cabin. She with her husband, and new brother and sister-in-law raised their families and made the mountain their home and mined the area for the next 28 years.
In 1962, Elve's husband, Senator Dave Newman, passed away.
Elve started a new phase in her long life by finding work in Helena as a seamstress-tailor for the Mary Moore Shop. "What a wonderful fit," she once said of her job and working with the Mary Moore girls, as they were known in Helena. "They were like family and the work was with the nicest of people." Elve worked for the Moore's for 25 years. The shop was sold and the girls all retired. Elve was 78.
Elve was active in school and community activities in Elliston for 50 years.
She was preceded in death by her mother Greeta and father Henry Lundgren; her eight brothers and sisters; her husband Dave; and her youngest son, Bill Newman.
She is survived by sons Dan Newman (Lisa) of Elliston, Bob Newman (Colleen) of Missoula; daughter-in-law Ann (Larry) Panusch of Bothell, Wash.; and nine grandchildren, including Brad Newman of Butte, Lance Newman of Elliston, Dr. Dava Newman of Marblehead, Mass., Kimberly Behan and Dawn Brekke of Spokane, Scott Newman of Missoula, Dr. Kathy Newman of Pittsburg, Dr. Brenda Newman of Cleveland; and a special nephew, Dave (Norma) of Elliston.
She is also survived by her special friend and constant companion for the past 15 years, grandson River Newman of Elliston. She has five great-grandchildren, a sixth is due in February and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at the Elliston school gym.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Retz Funeral Home in Helena.
Memorials can be sent to the Elliston Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 11, Elliston, MT 59728.
Robert Lee 'Bob' Mackey
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Longtime western Montana resident, Robert Lee "Bob" Mackey, 74, died on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, at the Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at the Bonners Ferry Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Grandview Cemetery in Bonners Ferry.
Lawrence 'Mac' McAffee
MISSOULA - Lawrence "Mac" McAffee, 83, of Missoula, passed away on Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at Hillside Manor.
He was born Jan. 17, 1921, in Arco, Idaho, to John and Elizabeth McAffee. Mac used to trade pocket knives with the Native Americans as they traveled through in the 1930s.
Mac married Pearl Bradshaw on Christmas Eve nearly 60 years ago.
Mac was a loving husband and father. He was quiet, gentle and tough when he had to be. He was fair to anyone that knew him.
He loved to camp, fish, hunt, garden and work with wood, on and off the job. He liked, and wanted, his life simple and quiet. Mac's son loved fishing and camping with him and talking to him about his life. Most of all, his son thanks him.
Mac and Pearl moved from Challis, Idaho, to Corvallis in 1948 and then to Missoula in 1952. Mac worked at Whitepine Sash for several years and then for Mission Homes. He also helped install the 500 kilowatt power lines in the 1950s. The last five years of his carpentry career were spent working for the University of Montana. He enjoyed carpentry, so he joined the union where he was active for over 40 years.
When he first got to Missoula he bought an old house in Orchard Homes and in his spare time, built a new house next door. The family moved in to that house in 1959 where Mac and Pearl stayed until old age problems forced them into Hillside Manor.
He was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters. Survivors include his wife, Pearl McAffee of Missoula; his son, Gary McAffee of Alberton; and one sister.
A gathering for friends will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Orchard Homes, 2537 S. 3rd W.
Mary Eva DuBois
MISSOULA - Mary Eva DuBois, 82, passed away from natural causes in Missoula, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004, with her children by her side.
Mary was born Aug. 2, 1921, in Richardton, N.D., to Nickodemus and Catherine (Benz) Loran.
She attended St. Francis Xavier Elementary School, Missoula County High School and Modern Business College in Missoula.
Mary married Clifford J. DuBois on Dec. 23, 1942, and lived in Pensacola, Fla., and Alberton before returning to Missoula.
She was employed by the Northern Pacific Railroad and the Burlington Northern Railroad for 26fi years. She loved gardening, pretty flowers and enjoyed camping and fishing.
Mary was also a member of the St. Anthony's Parish and St. Anthony's Altar Society.
Mary is survived by daughter Diane Midgett and husband Bruce of Missoula; son Clifford DuBois Jr. of Clinton; son Daniel DuBois and wife Marilyn of Willow Park, Texas; three sisters, Lorene Loran of Missoula, Irene Peterson and husband Darrell of Missoula and Mary Ann Lynch of Gardena, Calif.; grandchildren Guy Schwechten and wife Jennifer of Daytona Beach, Fla., Kevin Schwechten and wife Dawn of Portland, Ore., Erin DuBois of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, and Leah DuBois of Glendale, Ariz.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at Garden City Funeral Home with family present from 5-7 p.m. A vigil will be held at 6 p.m.
Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial will be at New St. Mary's Cemetery, followed by a reception back at church.
Golda Isabel Mitchell
HAMILTON - Golda Isabel Mitchell passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, at the Aaron Care Home in Corvallis of natural causes.
Golda was a sheepherder's daughter, born July 24, 1920, to Simeon and Clarice Decker Ward in Felt, Idaho. She grew up during the Depression years, which forged a strong bond with her family of five brothers and one sister.
She moved to several areas in Idaho during her younger years and even had to ice skate to school during the winter months while living at Mackay, Idaho. While living in the mining town of Gibbonsville, she met her future husband, William Mitchell. They were married Aug. 20, 1938. Four children were born to this union.
The family lived up Lolo Creek for 14 years and Golda enjoyed her duties as clerk of the Woodman School Board. Sunday chicken dinners, cooked on a woodstove, drew many Missoula family and friends. The tradition has been carried on by her family, and Mom didn't miss many Sunday meals.
Golda's family moved to the Bitterroot Valley in 1957 and after nine years in Corvallis, Mom and Dad moved to a home south of Hamilton. There Mom remained for more than 35 years.
Golda's life centered around family, food and gardening. Nothing was more rewarding than having a full freezer and cellar and her family close at hand. Her family appreciated what a wonderful cook she was.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bill; brothers Alvin, Frank, Chet, Ray and Glenn Ward; and son-in-law Doug Gunter.
She is survived by daughters Carolyn (Darrel) Sperry and Lorena (Lee) Erickson, both of Corvallis, and Bonnie Gunter of Missoula; son Gary of Hamilton; grandchildren Kristie, Shayne, Renee, Chad, Kevin, Gary, David, Brady and Koby; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister Roberta (Buck) Buchtel of Oregon; four sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at the Daly-Leach Chapel with the Rev. Tim Altschwager officiating. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton.
Lillian Carol 'Mickie' Broom
EUREKA - Lillian Carol "Mickie" Broom, 68, died at her home in Eureka on Monday, Jan. 19, 2004.
She was born in Eureka, the second daughter of Roscoe P. and Opal Kearney on Jan. 26, 1935.
Carol/Mickie, graduated from Lincoln County High School in 1953 and married Wayne Broom on Oct. 9, 1953. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Eureka at their son's home.
Through their children's development years, Carol served on various parent - teacher organizations and Girl Scout leader groups throughout the country following Wayne throughout the country following Wayne throughout his U.S. Marine Corps Service.
She also served in the Eureka Veterans of Foreign Wars Service Organization. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister and friend. Carol was an avid gardener exuding pleasure in seeing her flowers and vegetables grow. In most recent years, she was known as the Christmas wreath lady, making and sending, with Wayne's encouragement and help, wreaths all over the United States, including Hawaii and Guam.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Louella Willette and brother-in-law Harold Keller.
She is survived by her husband Wayne; daughters Colleen Deets and husband Tom and Charlene Uttecht of San Diego; son Jeffrey Broom and wife Andrea of Eureka; grandchildren Ben Deets, Daniel Deets, Chris Uttecht, Rachael Broom, Michael Broom and Patrick Broom; stepdaughter Ellen Barge of Proctor; grandchildren Kam and Tara; sisters Lee Keller of Kalispell and Jeanne Jewell and husband Clark of Hillsboro, Ore.; brothers Pat Kearney and wife Diane of Eureka, Michael Kearney and wife Arlene of Kalispell and Les Kearney and wife Darlene of Seeley Lake; and brother-in-law Stan Willette.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Eureka. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21.
Memorials may be made to Wings, Regional Cancer Support, P.O. Box 7852, Kalispell, MT 59904.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson & Vial Funeral Home in Eureka.
Gladys Marie Roberts
MISSOULA - Gladys Roberts went to her heavenly home on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004.
She spent the last days of her life in the peaceful settings of her sons' home. She was surrounded by the love of her sons, niece, grandchildren and her beloved husband. Her life was a celebration of her faith. She aspired to live in the shadow of God by always turning her face to Jesus.
She was so grateful for the wonderful support of loving family members, friends and the talented, compassionate caregivers of Nightingale Nursing, Partners in Home Care - Hospice and the Village Care Center.
Gladys was born on Sept. 20, 1919, in Billings, to Nell and Kirk Badgley. Her mother's father, the Reverend George W. Shepard had migrated from Kansas to Montana to pastor the Billings First Baptist Church.
Her paternal grandfather, Azberry Badgley, had a claim near Hardin on land originally part of the Crow Reservation. The Shepard family had land just north of the Yellowstone River above Custer. Gladys' arrival, being the first-born of 19 cousins, made it an even sweeter year for both Badgleys and Shepards.
Gladys' with her family, moved to Missoula at age 2. She was first schooled in Paxson. Her parents moved eight times in Missoula before settling in Target Range on a five-acre farm in 1935. She earned her diploma from Missoula County High in 1937. She entered the university the fall of 1937, pledged Alpha Phi for two years before taking a secretarial job in Helena with the Montana Unemployment Agency thinking it would be more interesting than college. She was on her own at age 20.
Life as a bachelorette was not to her liking. Within a year she brought home a young fellow named Raynor Roberts of Helena. Pearl Harbor had its impact on their romance and within a year they were married and Raynor was off to flight school.
Gladys followed her groom across the south as he learned to fly fighters, and then returned to Montana to endure the war out on the farm and have her firstborn. All the family joined in this war effort, and shared her anxiety through D-Day and the hard fighting thereafter. Raynor Harve "Rob" Roberts Jr. arrived in 1944, three younger sons, Gary, Doug and Kent followed in serial fashion over the decade, as happened with her mother, Nell, who inspired so many of Gladys' values.
After the war Gladys and Raynor returned to Helena where he took up again at the Montana Unemployment Agency. They bought a home and settled down until the Korean conflict created a demand for pilots, and within months Raynor rejoined the Air Force, where he stayed for two and a half decades. Gladys again moved with him to Great Falls, Japan, Pennsylvania, Bermuda, Andrews Air Base and Illinois.
Given her husband's many absences on flights abroad, Gladys sometimes raised her sons alone, a challenge she met with deepening reliance on her faith in God and the fellowship of her church.
After Raynor's service career ended, the family returned to Missoula, living for a number of years on South 39th, then Gladys and Raynor move to their last home, a horse ranch near Florence. They lived satisfying and purposeful days. Her days with Raynor in Florence fostered many wonderful relationships - with neighbors, civic activities, and wonderful friends at the Florence-Carlton Community Church. Many of these friends were able to attend Gladys and Raynor's 60th wedding anniversary last April.
Gladys was a deeply spiritual person. She loved to spend time with her Lord Jesus - often waking at 4 a.m. to meditate on the scriptures and pray for her family and friends. She helped maintain the prayer chain in their church. She loved sharing the good news of Jesus to younger women in her church and leading women's bible studies; and she faithfully taught Sunday school and Summer Bible School.
Gladys loved relationships, especially staying connected to her sons, nieces and grandchildren. She wrote loving letters to her sons when they lived away from Missoula. Her notes were lifelines for them when away from family and Montana. Her nieces and grandchildren were always remembered on their birthdays and anniversaries. She was a wonderful homemaker and served many delightful meals to add to the merriment of family get-togethers.
Gladys touched countless lives with tender listening moments. We felt her genuine delight in our presence. The spotlight always fell on us as she gently wondered out loud about our lives. Those who miss her experienced her deep desire to know them - their unfulfilled dreams, the joys and sorrows and the everyday experiences in life. Her smile and genuine curiosity brought us peace and calm. To be known by another is one of life's most treasured gifts. Gladys taught a whole course on love as she cherished our words.
Gladys never had a bad thing to say about anyone. Gossip was never part of her conversation. Her words always encouraged and her judgments of others were always positive. She always wanted relationships to grow, and when unintentionally broken, she encouraged and modeled apologies, forgiveness and reconciliation.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Marion Obsorne of Cutbank.
She is survived by her immediate family members, her beloved husband Raynor Roberts of Florence and her four sons who all have some of her special qualities: Ray Jr. "Rob" Roberts of Helena, Gary Roberts, Doug Cochran-Roberts and Kent Roberts - all of Missoula.
She was very proud of her nine grandchildren: Abby and Becky Roberts, Clint and Mark Roberts, Angela Hazelbaker, Sean Rose, Josh and Anna Roberts and Matthew Roberts.
She greatly enjoyed her three great-grandchildren: Sim Roberts and Nichole and Andrea Hazelbaker. All were forever changed by her quiet faith and gentle spirit.
A viewing will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at the Garden City Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Florence-Carlton Community Church, followed by graveside services and a reception at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be sent to Florence-Carlton Community Church, 20075 Old Highway 93, Florence, MT 59833; or Hospice and Palliative Care Services of Missoula Partners in Home Care, 2687 Palmer Street, Suite B, Missoula, MT 59808.