J. Richard Borden
CHARLO - If the good Lord needed a storyteller, he filled the bill on Sunday evening, May 4, 2003.
John Richard "Dick" Borden was born Dec. 8, 1916, to James Lucky and Maude Casey Borden in Niarada and he passed away on May 4, 2003.
He attended Battle Butte School until eighth grade and then attended St. Ignatius High School.
While in Mission, he lived with his grandmother, "Beel-ma," Mary Gillard McDonald and Angus McDonald. He didn't graduate, but those who knew Dad realized he held a B.S. in storytelling!
In his teens, Rich packed as a sheepherder for Romanian Nick Lasco, who built the largest sheep shed in the Northwest at that time. Rich herded sheep from the Hot Springs and Niarada area clear up into Glacier Park. One fall they got the sheep out of Many Glacier area just in time, (before snowfall) "or they'd still be there."
On Dec. 24, 1936, Rich married his high school sweetheart, Iris Mary Violette. They moved to the Flathead mine, where he worked as a miner and powder setter, and he told many stories about backroad trips to Kalispell for groceries and fun.
When World War II started, Rich went to Portland and was employed in the shipyards. He returned to the Flathead mine and worked until 1945, when he realized his dream by purchasing 40 acres near Dublin Gulch at D'Aste. He milked cows, raised cattle and wheat, expanding the ranch to over 200 acres.
He and Iris adopted their only son, Richard Durlan Borden and happily followed him all over the state as he competed in baseball, football and basketball. Rich was always supportive of Rick's activities, and was instrumental in the volunteer renovation of the old Charlo gym in the early '60s.
Throughout the lean years on the ranch, Rich sold mineral all over western Montana, drove cream truck, worked for the Bureau of Reclamation, and drove road grader and truck for Lake County.
After Iris died in 1978, he sold the ranch and moved into Charlo.
Luckily for all of us, he won Betty Knudsen's heart and married her in June 1980. Betty raised her five children on the ranch right next to Rich's. Since Rick and all those Knudsens grew up side by side, it's a miracle to us that now we are all family.
Rich was a natural entertainer. He enjoyed "chordin" on the guitar, piano and harmonica, although he couldn't read music. He played for many dances and country gatherings in the Hot Springs and Niarada areas.
He played cards like a shark. He never stopped being interested in the news of the day. He loved to hunt, fish and pick huckleberries. A favorite hobby was prospecting for gold but there are no vials of dust or nuggets to prove what he was really up to!
But Rich's main talent was talking. He was an awesome storyteller and had an incredible mind for remembering names, dates and details. He may have had help from his diaries which he kept religiously since 1935. He burned his earlier diaries when he thought he would be drafted into the Army in WWII.
Rich was the best grandpa and great-grandpa ever, especially to the best heart medicine he ever had - Crystal and Sami-jo - and he and his stories will be missed everyday.
Iris Violette Borden; his parents; his sister, Rita Cochran; and brother Roy "Tim" Borden preceded him in death.
His survivors include his wife Betty of Charlo; sisters Amelia (Ralph) Gipe of Polson and Grace Thompson of Moses Lake, Wash.; son Rick (Mary) Borden of Hamilton; stepsons Rick (Sue) Knudsen of Potomac, Dave (Mary Kay) Knudsen of Kenai, Alaska, and Jim (Julie) Knudsen of Newton, Iowa; stepdaughters Kathy Knudsen (Tom Deveny) of Missoula and Sheryl Knudsen (Ron Kain) of Charlo; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial celebration and potluck will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the Charlo Senior Center. The family suggests memorials to The Leon Clubhouse, in care of Tammy Steindorf, Charlo, MT.
Mary S. Dennison
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Mary Alice Shreiner Dennison died quietly on Monday, May 5, 2003, at her home at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge.
Mary was born in Oberlin, Ohio, on Dec. 14, 1922. She was the daughter of the late John Frederic Shreiner and Alice Ralston Shreiner.
Mary is survived by her husband of 58 years, the Reverend B. Whitman Dennison of Charlottesville.
She is also survived by her children, Bryant W. Dennison Jr. and his wife Joyce of Grosse Pointe, Mich., Peter J. Dennison and his wife Pamela of Charlottesville, Timothy C. Dennison and his wife Marcia of Granville, Ohio, and Katherine E. Dennison and her husband Stephen Belsky of Groton, Mass.; 10 grandchildren, Nathaniel Dennison of Washington D. C., Shannon Rowan of Ojai, Calif., Cooper Dennison of Granville, Mark and Geoffrey Dennison, both of Charlottesville, David and Paul Dennison, both of Grosse Pointe, Molly, David and Jared Belsky, all of Groton; and one brother, Robert E. Shreiner of Oberlin, Ohio.
Mary graduated from Oberlin College with a major in art history. The sensitivities that developed there were always evident in her appreciation of the arts, her delight in the glory of the natural world and her love of her children's and grandchildren's accomplishments. She had an abiding concern about national and international issues.
Wherever she and Whit lived, Mary was a leader in the League of Women Voters. In Montana she served as President of the state League of Women Voters.
Her love for learning led to her research into the Episcopal Church and early American history and her teaching positions at Malone College and the University of Akron.
In 1980, she published "Howard MacQueary: Heresy in Ohio" in Historical Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Mary possessed a vibrant soprano voice, a deep spirituality and was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church.
Mary had a special relationship with the sand, sky and waters of northern Michigan.
Contributions in her name can be made to the Scholarship Fund of the Congregational Summer Assembly (CSA), 2128 Pilgrim Highway, Frankfort, MI 49635.
A service of Burial with Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Memorial Church. Committal will be in Frankfort, Mich., this summer.
Hill and Wood Funeral Home of Charlottesville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Myhre 'Hank' Hedrick
POLSON - Myhre "Hank" Hedrick, 87, of Polson, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 4, 2003, at Lilly of the Valley Assisted Living Home in Pablo.
He was born on Aug. 31, 1915, in Polson, to Helen and Isaac Hedrick.
Hank entered the armed services as a young man and proudly served his country during World War II.
Upon returning from his time serving his country, Hank, along with his lifelong friend, Clarence Hanualt, farmed several acreages throughout the Polson area until he retired from farming in 1994.
He married Florence Nelson in November 1963 in Polson.
Always a true gentleman, Hank had a quick wit with a heart of gold and a grin from ear to ear, that everyone who knew Hank closely will never forget.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Theodore "Ted" Isaac, Foster "Hap" and Raymond "Ray" Hedrick; and by his sister, Helen Rebecca Ferguson.
He is survived by his loving wife Florence; his daughter, Marilyn Ramsey; his three grandchildren, Rick, Graham and Geoff Ramsey; his sisters, Thelma Eng and Inez Elizabeth Deming; his brother, Ross Floyd Hedrick; his nephew, Stephen Eng and family; his niece, Hope; his sister-in-law, Alice Kirk; and three nephews, Randy, Douglas and Lonnie Kirk and family.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Grogan Funeral Home, Polson. Interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery, Polson. Following graveside services a reception will follow at the funeral home.
Dennis David Kendall
CLUNY, Alberta - Dennis David Kendall of Cluny, Alberta, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in Missoula on Sunday, May 4, 2003.
He was born to Delbert and Lucille Kendall on March 7, 1948, in Anaconda.
He is survived by his mother Lucille of Anaconda; aunt Edith Sanger of Pasadena, Calif.; sister and brother-in-law Linda and Carmel Garnett of Missoula; brother and sister-in-law Ron and Louise Kendall of Townsend; nieces Becky Lemus and Amy Kendall; nephews Brian Garnett, Bill Garnett and Steve Kendall; three great-nieces; and four great-nephews.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the KT Riddle Funeral Home, corner of Sixth and Oak streets in Anaconda. Elders Paul Peterson and Bill Walker will be officiating.
Family suggests memorials be made to the American Diabetes Association, Missoula Community Hospital or a charity of the donor's choice.
Evelyn W. Coxon
MISSOULA - Evelyn W. Coxon, 88, of Missoula, and formerly a 40-year resident of 1524 King St., Danville, Ill., passed away on Monday, May 5, 2003, of kidney failure at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
She was born Aug. 23, 1914, in Danville, to Herman O. and Mary (Kincaid) Wright. She was a graduate of Danville High School.
On April 12, 1936, she married Thomas Morris Coxon Jr.
She worked for Spiegel's Catalog in customer service for over 10 years.
Evelyn loved doing crafts. She served as superintendent of the youth department at Calvary Baptist Church for a time and held offices in most of the church's women's organizations.
She was a good Christian - always patient and giving to others and was ready to serve God and others. Evelyn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt.
She was preceded in death by her husband Tom Coxon in 1979; her sister, Barbara Nelsen; and her parents.
Survivors include her daughter, Karen (Jerry) McConnell of Missoula; grandsons Bradd (Eileen) McConnell of Bolingbrook, Ill., and Brian (Kristi) McConnell of Dingmans Ferry, Pa.; great-grandchildren Ryan and Kourtney McConnell and Erin and Kate McConnell; one niece, Mary Alice (Bill) Wentling of Dixon, Ill.; two nephews, Bob (Chryse) Nelsen of Dubuque, Iowa, and Rick (Cindy) Nelsen of Roselle, Ill.; five great-nieces and great-nephews; and three stepgreat-nephews.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Friday at Pape's Mortuary, Danville, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, with Pastors Humrichous and Batley officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Danville.
Pallbearers will be Bradd McConnell, Bob Nelsen, Rick Nelsen and Bill Wentling.
The family suggests memorials to Calvary Baptist Church, Elevator Fund.
Arrangements in Missoula are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.