Mabel E. Rock LOLO - Mabel E. Rock, 75, of Lolo, died peacefully June 6 at Community Medical Center. Her family was with her and she left this life as she had lived it - smiling.
Born in eastern Montana on Aug. 31, 1922, to Louise and Alex Doney, Mabel was next to the youngest of 10 children. The family moved around the state and Mabel attended schools in several communities. She graduated from high school in Missoula and trained for a lab technician at St. Patrick Hospital. She worked in Soda Springs, Idaho, during the war as a lab and X-ray tech. She also assisted with anesthesia during surgery.
She came back to Missoula and entered retail sales and fashion, working at Penneys, the Mercantile and Buttreys Suburban.
Mabel married Bill Rock on June 20, 1949, and moved with her two daughters to Lolo where she became an active part of the community. The family spent many happy summers camping, boating and picnicking.
Mabel was a beautiful, vibrant and caring woman to whom many turned for comfort, wisdom and fun. She had a style and vitality unlike any other. She will be deeply missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Edward, Leonard, Ben, Jack and Ralph; and her sisters Veronica, Pauline and Josie. She was also preceded by her son Billy, who died in 1980. She was looking forward to meeting him ''at the gate."
Survivors include her loving husband Bill; two daughters, Lee of Edmonds, Wash., and Glenda Marie; her sister Julia Smith of Prineville, Ore.; four grandchildren, Kelly, Shane, Valori and Anthony, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. on June 27 at St. Anthony's Church. Mabel's ashes will be interred beside her son at Missoula City Cemetery. Following at St. Anthony's will be a gathering and reception to celebrate Mabel's life.
The family wishes to thank everyone for their kindness and love and suggests memorials to the charities of choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory .
Gladys May Lambert
MISSOULA - Gladys May Lambert, 98, of Missoula, passed away Saturday, June 13, at Mountain Valley Hospice House of natural causes.
She was born April 15, 1900, in Fergus Falls, Minn., the daughter of John and Alice Eaton. Gladys was raised and attended school in Faulkton, S.D.
In 1931 she married Russell Lambert in Mitchell, S.D. She moved to Missoula in 1932. Gladys was employed at the Florence Laundry for several years.
Cremation has taken place and interment will be at Missoula City Cemetery. At her request, there will be no service.
Memorials may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice House, 10450 Mullan Road, Missoula, Mont. 59802.
Cremation and arrangements are under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Michael D. 'Tank' Downing
MISSOULA - Michael D. ''Tank" Downing, 50, of Missoula, passed away Monday, June 15, 1998, at St. Patrick Hospital of natural causes.
He was born Oct. 28, 1947, in Cambridge, Ohio, the son of Ray Menaugh and Barbara Wilson. Tank was preceded in death by his mother.
He is survived by Michael D. Downing Jr. of Missoula; daughter Lisa Marie Downing of Hoquiam, Wash.; his father, Ray, of Alhambra, Calif.; brother Larry Wilson of Virginia City; five granddaughters and one grandson.
Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Mary Elizabeth Gould
KALISPELL - Mary Elizabeth Gould, 92, died of natural causes Saturday, June 13, 1998, at the Immanuel Lutheran Home.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bill, son Robert and daughter Rita.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Jean and Bob Dundas of Bigfork, eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
At her request she was cremated and her ashes will join her husband's in the Gulf of Mexico.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Immanuel Lutheran Home Fund, 185 Crestline Ave., Kalispell, Mont. 59901.
Charlotte M. Taylor
FORT WORTH, Texas - Former Florence resident Charlotte M. Taylor, 75, died in Texas on May 13, 1998.
She was preceded in death by her mother Helen Stratton, husband Harvey Taylor in 1996 and sister Cleo June Bozlee.
Survivors include her father Ray Stratton of Anaconda, nephew Raymond Bozlee and niece Joan Berwald of Livingston.
Memorials may be sent to a charity of the donor's choice or to Joan Berwald, 181 Canyon View Drive, Livingston, Mont. 59047.
Cremation has taken place. No services are planned at this time.
Lyman Edward Laisy
FLORENCE - Lyman Edward Laisy, 95, of Florence, died Sunday, June 14, 1998, at Missoula Community Medical Center.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Helen, sister Ione Robins and stepson Darrel Penn.
Survivors include his wife Toots of Florence; son Lyman (Lynde) Laisy of Seal Beach, Calif.; grandsons John and Mark; brother A. Wayne Laisy of Bigfork; stepchildren Robert, Paul and Neil Penn, all in California; Alice Holcomb in South Dakota; and Anita Nagel of Circle; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 19, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Florence.
Monte J. Shelton
SEATTLE - Monte J. Shelton passed away June 8, 1998, in Seattle.
Monte was born in Libby in the early morning of Aug. 27, 1956, being the first child of Joanna and Robert Shelton. Monte is survived by both parents and his maternal grandmother, Ruby Helen Wren, all of Tacoma, Wash.; his brother Willard Scott at Georgetown Lake; and his sister Suzane Delamater together with her husband, Max, and daughters Kristin and Ashley of Eugene, Ore.
Monte grew up with his family in Missoula, attending Sentinel High School and graduating in 1974. He then attended Montana Tech, where his favorite classes were in the geology department. He also attended chef school in San Francisco and England, working in that field for several years.
Monte learned to sail in 1990 and spent many happy days in Puget Sound and later on the ketch Papillon in the western Caribbean.
Monte had bouts of serious illness in 1997 and after he recovered last winter returned to Colon, Panama, on the Caribbean end of the canal to find that the Papillon had been stolen. Monte then spent the next several months in a quest for the missing ketch, only recently returning to Tacoma. A log of this adventure reads like a fine mystery novel with high political intrigue and more than a glimpse of the residual corruption in the emerging country of Panama.
About two weeks ago, his Colombian friend Clacey called and reported that he had located the Papillon on the Pacific end of the canal and Monte was looking forward to her recovery. (Monte was godfather to Clacey's newborn baby boy, Claceto, and lovingly referred to him as ''our baby.")
Monte's parents want to thank the captain and first mate of the ferryboat Rhododendron for stopping midchannel on the Vashon Island run on Saturday afternoon. The first mate stood at attention during the brief ceremony conducted by his father, mother and friend Tonya Baker, which consisted of this prayer and the captain's salute of three blasts of the horn signifying a departing vessel:
''Monte, our son and friend, we place a portion of your dust on these waters with the prayer that they will carry your spirit to all of the beautiful shores of this Earth, and when your friends come down to the sea, that they remember you and all the good men like you. May God speed your journey."
The family will have a service at Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville on Thursday, June 18, at 2 p.m. and invite all to attend. Monte's remaining dust will be placed alongside his grandfather Lonnie Wren, who preceded him in death.
Monte was always generous, especially to the poor and downtrodden he met in his world travels and we urge you to remember him by doing likewise. The last two years when Monte was home he would accompany his mother to yard sales at Fox Island and Gig Harbor, Wash., specifically to find and purchase clothes, shoes and toys for the Cuna Indian children whom he met in Colon. He admired and loved these people with their tightly knit, extended families from the San Blas Islands off the south coast of Panama on the Caribbean side.
Please remember Monte with laughter and love. Picture him - his tall frame and long gait - with the diminutive Cuna children skipping along, hanging on to each large hand with the smaller ones in tow by his shirttail, each protecting the other by their mere presence, and God, all in the dangerous streets of Colon.
Ferin Kent Forman
POLSON - Ferin Kent Forman (Fer-Bear) of Polson, born Aug. 11, 1973, joined his ''soul brother" Kevin in heaven on June 13, 1998. Ferin died from drowning in a car accident. Kevin died April 5, 1996, from drowning because of hypothermia in a canoe accident.
Ferin spent his life growing up on the family farm in Mountain View, where he bucked hay bales, drove tractor, fixed fence, broke horses and worked on equipment. Ferin was an independent person who did not allow himself to be held back by manmade rules. He liked being his own boss and most recently set up his own painting business in the farm shop refurbishing tractors for John Deere Triple W.
He leaves behind a legacy of hard work and a life of outdoor adventure. The mountains and countryside were his playground on Earth. He loved the woods, where he hiked, cut firewood, broke horses, hunted for elk, fished and fought fires.
Ferin, proud of his Indian heritage, was proud of his work as a veteran firefighter for the Montana Indian firefighter crews and was a well-known sawyer team with his brother Kevin. They also worked for the Copper River Native Association crews out of Copper Center, Alaska. Ferin was a graduate of Ronan High School.
The treasured yearly family fishing trips to Spotted Bear each October were the highlight of his and our lives for 21 years.
Ferin's gentle love of animals, especially for Cinder, Snook and Snow Paws, were so much a part of his gentle spirit and sweet smile.
After Kevin's death, Ferin married Sally Hill, the love of his life, who shared in the purest of love, and they were truly two halves of a whole. They were companions, partners and friends in life as husband and wife. Ferin's final act of true love was to save his beloved wife Sally by releasing her seat belt. Their love is eternal.
Ferin was preceded in death by his grandfathers Abe Dubay, Ivan Forman and Patrick Pariseau and his brother Kevin Abe Forman.
Ferin is survived by his wife Sally; their dog Cinder; special friend ''Bubba"; his parents Kendal and Elaine Forman of Polson; his sisters Jenaya Forman Webster and her husband, Gregg Webster, of Polson; Sheryl Kantola and her husband, Chris, of Camano Island, Wash.; Sheri McIntire and her husband, Van, of Eugene, Ore.; and Maurita Forman and Michaela Forman at the family home in Polson; two grandmothers, Marion Dubay Pariseau and Luella Forman of Polson; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; father- and mother-in-law Ed and Sue Hill of Dayton; brother-in-law Darrin Hill of Polson; and sister-in-law Gigi Halbert of Bellevue, Wash.
Pallbearers are Freddie Courville, Travis Courville, Tim Fromm, Gregg Webster, Darrin Hill, Mike Schwartz, Nikos Pastos and D.J. Heffner. Honorary pallbearers are Damon Johnson, Chris Oakland, Jason Erickson, Clint Church and Kirby Berlin.
Public viewing will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, at Grogan Funeral Home Chapel. Private services are planned.
Ruth Pearl Cahoon
HERMISTON, Ore. - Ruth Pearl Cahoon was born Feb. 6, 1919, in Miles, Wash., to Nels Joseph and Maude Rebecca Hinds Richard, and died on Thursday, June 11, 1998, at home in Hermiston, Ore., at the age of 79.
Raised in Round Butte, she was united in marriage to Eskel John ''E.J." Cahoon on Dec. 12, 1940, in Ronan. Their marriage was sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple in 1956. They owned and operated a dairy farm in Charlo and cared for 27 foster children.
In 1997 she moved to Hermiston. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she was active in the relief society and as a primary teacher. She supported school activities and sports as well as church activities with her family. Ruth enjoyed genealogy, quilting and crafts.
She is survived by her husband E.J. Cahoon of Hermiston; sons Richard J. Cahoon of Hermiston; and James L. Cahoon and Joseph A. Cahoon, both of Charlo; daughters Barbara J. Dunn of Irrigon, Ore.; Thellis C. Peters of Helena; and Mary Rose Funk of Charlo; sister Gladys Razor of Portland, Ore.; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Ruth was preceded in death by four brothers, three sisters and grandson John J. Goulet.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 16, at the LDS Church in Ronan. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Ronan.
Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Center of Oregon, P.O. Box 10051, Portland, Ore. 97210.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.