Shirley Marie Caudill
KALISPELL - Shirley Marie Caudill, 61, passed away April 23, 2000, after a courageous fight with a terminal illness.
She was preceded in death by her father Thomas, stepfather Hans Peterson and mother-in-law Lorraine.
Survivors include her husband Arthur; two sons, Michael, his wife, Terry, and their children Trevor, Mike and Lisa; and Brian, his wife, Lisa, and their children Brett and Brooke; her mother Bessie Peterson; four brothers and their wives, Paul and Barb, Hans and Patti, Steve and Coline, and David and Barb; and two sisters and their husbands, Susan and Gene Hanson and Sandy and Terry Walen.
Private burial will be Wednesday, April 26, at Glacier Memorial Gardens, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Mortuary & Crematory.
Georgia B. (Kearney) Shook
HAMILTON - Georgia B. (Kearney) Shook, 67, of Hamilton, died of complications from lupus Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Valley View Estates Health Care Center.
She was born in Columbus on June 29, 1932, the daughter of Wesley and Claire (Berry) Kearney. On Nov. 6, 1948, she married Robert Shook in Hamilton. He preceded her in death in 1995. Georgia worked for Sprouse Reitz for many years, retiring in 1986.
Survivors include her son Steve Shook and his wife, Deana, of Hamilton; daughter Sandra Linster and her husband, Cliff, of Stevensville; grandchildren Dan, Jenna, Lisa, JoDean, Brenda, Cliff, Bob, Wes, Matt, Luke and Megan; two brothers, Victor and Beverly Kearney of Darby, and Ted and Timmy Kearney of Canyon Country, Calif.; and three sisters, Kate Jennings of Lenore, Idaho; Alta and Rod Thorning of Missoula; and Donna and Pete Meland of Richfield, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, her parents, son Mike and his wife Teresa, and granddaughter Jessica.
Georgia was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be greatly missed.
At Georgia's request a graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton. The Rev. Stephen Van Gilder of Faith Lutheran Church will officiate. Inurnment will follow the service.
A register book is open at Dowling Funeral Home for those who wish to sign, from Tuesday, April 25, through Friday, April 28, during business hours.
Cremation has taken place under the care of Dowling Funeral Home.
Irving F. Humphrey
HAMILTON - Irving F. Humphrey, 85, of Hamilton, passed through this life on Saturday, April 22, at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.
He was born June 15, 1914, in Philadelphia to the late Dan and Anna Humphrey. After graduating from the eighth grade during the Depression, he raised tobacco, worked in various nurseries and for the Davey tree expert company. He also worked as a lifeguard for the Ocean City, N.J., Beach Patrol.
In 1940 he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He joined the Marine Raider Battalion, but was unable to ship out because he had a case of measles. After Pearl Harbor he shipped out through the Panama Canal to Western Samoa, where he worked extensively with natural camouflage. He taught Navy pilots, if shot down, how to get through the reefs surrounding the South Pacific Islands. It was there that he received his officer's commission to second lieutenant.
In his spare time he did skin diving and studied the South Pacific flora. He also read Rudyard Kipling and Robert Lewis Stevenson. He was transferred between several Marine divisions as they island hopped toward Japan. His final engagement was in Okinawa, where as a captain, he took a company ashore. He was discharged as a major in 1945.
In 1946 he started Humphrey tree and landscape. He was a 35-year member to the American Society of Consulting Arborists. He also was a member of the International Society of Arboriculture, American Association of Nurserymen and Montana Association of Landscape and Nurserymen.
In 1954 he married Georgia Lewis in Ventura, Calif. In 1955 they had a son who they named Daniel. The family moved to Hamilton in 1962.
His hobbies included horse racing, cigars, dice, walking in the woods and deep-sea fishing.
Survivors include his son Dan and granddaughters Heidi and Liesel.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Georgia on Sept. 27, 1989; daughter-in-law Martha Humphrey on March 11, 1999; and three brothers.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 28, at Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton with the Rev. Steve Millar officiating.
Home is the hunter, home from the hill,
And the sailor home from the sea.
Robert William 'Bob' Eustance
EAST HELENA - Robert William "Bob" Eustance, 67, of East Helena, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2000.
He was born March 23, 1933, in Great Falls to Arthur and Dorothy (Williams) Eustance. He graduated from Great Falls High School and the College of Great Falls, where he was student body president and played basketball.
In 1952 he married Patricia Deneen. They later divorced. After running Paul's Park Inn Restaurant for a number of years, he returned to college in Missoula to get his teaching degree and later earned a master's from Northern Montana College. He taught his entire innovative 28-year career at C.R. Anderson School in Helena, retiring in 1993.
Bob is survived by his four children, Art and wife, Katt, of Fairfield; Bob and wife, Lynne, of Missoula; and Susan and Nancy, both of Sparks, Nev.; his sisters, Artha Taylor and Judy Eddards, both of Great Falls; eight grandkids, Tom, Kate, Megan, Jane, Michael, Heath, Colin and Lavonne; a bunch of nieces, nephews, cousins, etc.; and a large number of good friends and former students.
Bob loved working out at the Broadwater Health Club, the Griz, mountain biking and skiing at Seeley Lake, finding bargains, coaching and watching his grandkids in sports, Tuesday morning breakfast and poker with his friends, Christmas giving and spoiling his family.
The family would like to thank his doctors, the staff at St. Peter's Hospital in Helena and Village Health Care in Missoula for helping Dad and us through these difficult months. We also would like to thank the many friends of Dad and ours for their support, help and prayers.
There is no memorial service planned at Dad's request. Any memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be sent in Dad's name to a charity he would like or splurge on your family.
Arrangements are under the care of the Malletta Family of Funeral Homes, Sunset Chapel, in Missoula.
Zandra Rene Lafley
KENT, Wash. - Zandra Rene Lafley, 13, "Pretty Girl," started on her journey on April 20 in Kent, Wash. Pretty Girl was trying to help Rachel Marturello, 11, who had cerebral palsy, try to free her shoe from the railroad tracks and both were killed instantly in the train-pedestrian accident.
Pretty Girl was born June 30, 1986, at Missoula Community Medical Center to Liz Lafley and Ed Ness. She then made her home in the Arlee area with her YaYa. Pretty Girl attended Arlee Elementary and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Arlee, where she was baptized and had received her First Communion, before moving to Kent in 1996. In Kent she was an eighth-grader at Kent Junior High.
Pretty Girl was a big 13-year-old, standing 5-foot-8, who loved the woods and loved to swim. She was nearly a full-blooded Salish Indian and had a knack for woodwork and crafts. She also enjoyed her music and knitting.
Pretty Girl would spent her vacations back home on the Flathead Reservation with her extended family and they would go camping and spend a lot of time working in the woods. Pretty Girl was a goal-oriented person who was good as setting goals and attaining them; just recently she had told her mother that she could not wait to have an apartment, a car and start college someday.
She was preceded in death by her friend Rachel Marturello, who she was helping; great-grandparents William "Pinto" McClure, Margaret "Maggie" Charlo McClure, Mary Inhoostay Woodcock and Joseph Woodcock; grandparents Theresa Woodcock Curley Ness and Kenneth Rudolph Ness; aunts Jeri Ashley and Jeanette Michel Conko Torosian; uncles Richard "Skip" Burns, Ray Curley and Richard McDonald; and several great uncles and cousins.
Pretty Girl is survived by her parents, Liz Lafley of Kent and Ed Ness of Ronan; sisters Bobby of Kent, Chanell of Arlee, Robia of St. Ignatius and Tiana of Pablo; brothers Alexander, Nick and Eddy, all of Pablo; grandparents Darlene McClure and Robert "JuneBug" Lafley of Arlee; aunts and uncles, Rene "Baby Girl" Lafley of Kent; Roberta "Injun" (Les Fisher) Lafley, William "BillyBob" (Stacey TwoTeeth) Lafley, Clarence "Clem" (Jeanette Couture) Lafley and James McClure, all of Arlee; Aggie Woodcock George of St. Ignatius; Dixon Curley of Ronan; Dave Woodcock, Gerald Woodcock of Denver; Joe Cahoon of Pablo; Eileen "Leenie" Morigeau of Belleville, Ill.; Janice Ness of Ronan and LaVonne Ness of Ronan; and several great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins.
Traditional wake services began Sunday afternoon at the Salish Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Rosary was recited Monday evening. Wake closing will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at the longhouse. Mass of the Resurrection will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment will follow at Jocko Catholic Cemetery near Arlee.
The family suggests memorials to Rachel Marturello's family, c/o Foster & Durgeloh Funeral Home, P.O. Box 197, St. Ignatius, Mont. 59865.
Lester Allen Gore
KALISPELL - Lester Allen Gore, 83, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Heritage Place.
Five brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife Hazel of Kalispell; four children, Diana Stensatter of Phoenix; Marilyn Wiard and husband, Chuck, of Seattle; Beverly Grimm and husband, Erwin, of Kalispell; and Richard Gore of Phoenix; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers Ralph Gore of Oregon, Glenn Gore of Hobson and Melvin Gore and wife, Cass, of Lebanon, Ore.; and sisters Vera Rush of Columbia Falls, Lillie St. John of Lewistown and Ida Mae Messman of Great Falls.
Visitation will be noon-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home, where funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 27. Burial will follow at Glacier Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Mae Elaine Birchall
MISSOULA - Mae Elaine Birchall, 74, of Missoula and formerly of Hamilton and Deer Lodge, passed away of natural causes on Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Community Medical Center.
Born Nov. 15, 1925, in Slope County, N.D., to Frank and Ines Vadner, she was raised and educated in Bowman, N.D. On Jan. 25, 1944, she married Frank Birchall.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother Albert Vadner. Survivors include her son Richard Birchall of Turah; sister Ione Henne of Missoula; brother Roy Vadner of Bowman; two granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.
No services are planned at her request.
Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Betty Ione Rose
HOT SPRINGS - Betty Ione Rose, 55, of Hot Springs, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2000, at Missoula Community Medical Center.
She was born June 11, 1944, to Adolph Joseph Blixt and Margaret Elizabeth Sutton. She attended school in Hot Springs, where she lived her entire life.
Betty married Wayne Rose in 1973.
Her hobbies included knitting, crocheting, puzzles and taking care of her pets.
She was preceded in death by her husband Wayne Rose, father Adolph Blixt and brother LeRoy Blixt. Survivors include her mother Margaret Blixt of Missoula; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at Murray Memorial Cemetery in Lonepine with the Rev. Allyn Larsen officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory in Missoula.
Joseph E. Ashenbrenner
MISSOULA - Joseph E. Ashenbrenner, 73, of Missoula, passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Hillside Manor.
He was born May 31, 1926, in Missoula, a son of Ernest and Myrtle Ashenbrenner.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Delores, and is survived by several cousins.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, at Old St. Mary's Cemetery with the Rev. Matt Huber officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.