Doris Winifred Binder Eudaily
MISSOULA - Doris Winifred Binder Eudaily, our beloved "RaRa," died of natural causes on Sunday, April 2, 2000, at Village Health Care Center. She was surrounded by the members of her family-those she treasured most.
Doris was born on May 27, 1916, in Butte, to Elmer O. and Mary (Mae) Theresa Dinn Binder. She attended grade school and high school in Butte, and then, at age 16, went to Dillon to Montana State Normal School, now known as Western Montana College of the University of Montana. It was there that she met Ralph S. Eudaily, who was to become both her husband and her best friend. They were married in Butte at St. Joseph's Church on Dec. 27, 1936, and remained married for more than 60 years until Ralph's death on June 18, 1997. The couple had two children, Gloria and Gary.
Doris started teaching at the age of 18 in a one-room school at Apex. Her job included building the fire in the classroom stove, getting the school ready for the day, and teaching her three students in grades one through eight! Doris taught elementary pupils for 30 years, first at Apex, then at Hall and finally at Target Range School in Missoula. She watched Target Range School grow from a two-room school to its present size. Many of her former students, especially her Target Range first-graders, still keep in touch.
After retiring from Target Range School, Doris joined Ralph in a second career lasting 14 years at the Montana State Legislature. She was the "Spouse of the House" and enjoyed every minute of it. Doris was able to accompany Ralph on Western Legislative Conference trips throughout the West, Alaska and Hawaii. She and Ralph made many friends on these trips and during their time with the Legislature.
Doris is survived by her daughter Glana Volland and her husband, Walter, of Bellevue, Wash.; their children, Gregory Volland of Bellevue, Wash., and Kirk and Michelle Volland of Pace, Fla. She also is survived by her son Gary Eudaily and his wife, Lisa, of Missoula; grandsons Michael Eudaily of Missoula and Sean Patrick Eudaily of Laurel, Md.
Doris and Ralph devoted their lives to their family, to Montana, and to education, and were extremely proud of the success and progress of all four grandsons. These boys were indeed the "apples of her eyes" as well as the source of her nickname.
RaRa, we will miss you so very much, but we all know how blessed we were to have you as a mother and grandmother.
Services will be held at Malletta Funeral Home, Livingston Chapel, 224 W. Spruce St. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, with funeral services at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 6. Burial will follow at the Missoula City Cemetery, where Doris once again will be side by side with Ralph.
Memorials may be sent to the University of Montana Foundation.
Elda 'Sammy' Haines
MISSOULA - Elda "Sammy" Haines, resident of Missoula, for 31 years, passed away at her home on Sunday, April 2, 2000, at the age of 57.
She was born to George and Jeanette Gettig in Rio Tinto, Nev., on July 24, 1942. She was the fourth of four children.
Her family moved from Nevada in 1944 to Spokane in 1944. There, her parents, two brothers and one sister lived and farmed for many years.
She attended Airway Heights grade school and attended Cheney High.
She was preceded in death by her father, George Gittig.
She is survived by her best friend, lover, dancing partner and basketball buddy, but most important her husband of 31 years, Gary Haines. She also leaves behind three children, eight grandchildren and many adopted children by love only; one son, Edward LaPlante, his wife Pamela LaPlante; two grandsons, Michael LaPlante and Steven Toole who reside in Portland, Ore., also loving LaWana Hansen, of Portland; daughter, Deanna Clute, her husband Daniel Clute, one grandson, Michael Clute, one granddaughter, Shiloh Clute, and one grandson, Jacob Clute, who reside in Spokane; one daughter, Stephanie Haines, and one grandson, Isaiah Haines, both of Missoula; a granddaughter, Dashinda Haines Robinson, of Missoula, "an angel in our hearts."
She also is survived by her mother, Jeanette Gettig; father-in-law Wayne Flick of Kalispell; brothers, Ted Gettig and his wife, Fay, of Kalispell, and Ed Gettig and his wife, Betty, of Cusick, Wash.; her beloved sister Juanita Patterson and her husband, Les, of Cusick; and many nieces and nephews!
She was very active in our local food bank for the last nine years. She spent most of her time helping others at local nursing homes, reading, listening or just bringing a smile to our elderly!!
She loved basketball, baseball, fishing and camping. She loved the outdoors and working in her flower beds and helping others less fortunate than her.
Yard sales were her specialty.
Housekeeping, cooking and loving her husband, children and grandchildren were her first priorities in life, but she always found time for others.
She worked for and loved Ed Sharp and the Wilma Theatre. She also loved all animals, especially cats.
She leaves her undying love to her forever friend of 27 years, Sue "B" Richards. True wealth is what she is, not what she has, I love you "Sue B.!"
She became a loving person of Christ and was re-baptized in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church on Oct. 8, 1999. She dearly loved her church and God.
Memorial services will be held Friday, April 7, at 2 p.m. at Garden City Funeral Home. Pastor Clarence McKey will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Missoula Food Bank, 219 S. Third St. W., Missoula Mont. 59801.
Lois Jessop Jensen
MISSOULA - Our beloved mother, sister, and aunt, Lois Jessop Jensen, has left us for a better life. She died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, where she had lived the past 2 1/2 years.
Lois was born in Millville, Utah, on Oct. 3, 1911, a daughter of Ernest and Mattie Jessop. She married Dale L. Jensen of Salt Lake City on March 24, 1948. She has been a widow since 1976.
Lois was always a busy person. She graduated from Southern Cache High School and Stevens-Henegar Business College. She worked as Cache County deputy county assessor before moving to Ogden, Utah, where she worked at War Assets. It was there she met Dale, her future husband. She was active in Relief Society and was work director for some time. She enjoyed crafts and making pretty things. She cared for her mother-in-law, aunt and her mother as a self-taught nurse. She was a member of Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.
Lois is survived by a daughter, Leigh Ann Bekemeyer and her husband, Dr. Bill Bekemeyer, and granddaughter, Petra Lee Bekemeyer, of Missoula; a sister, Eliza Deane Ranck of Salt Lake City; and brothers, Glen E. Jessop of Murray, Utah, and Dean Job Jessop of Boerne, Texas. She has a stepson, Dr. Richard L. Jensen of Anacortes, Wash., and four stepgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale; parents; and brothers, Alton, Ronald and Dell.
A celebration of Lois' life will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, 130 S. Sixth St. E.
MISSOULA - Erna Minster, 92, longtime Missoula resident, passed away of natural causes on Monday, April 3, 2000, at Village Health Care Center.
She was born on Aug. 30, 1907, in Berg, Thurgau, Switzerland, to Jacob and Mina Kirchmeier. Erna came to Missoula with her parents in 1922. In 1925, she married Fred Minster.
Erna was preceded in death by her husband; two sons, James and Bruce; a daughter, Rosemary; and three sisters.
She is survived by daughters Nancy Minster Gagner and husband, Robert, of Missoula; Delores Minster Baker and husband, Jim, of Portland, Ore.; Ethel Minster Moore and husband, Leonard, of Condon; son Edwin Minster and wife, Alice, of Oregon City, Ore.; daughters-in-law Margaret Minster of Las Vegas and Linda Minster of Missoula; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. A reception will follow the committal services in Garden City Funeral Home's community room.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
Janice Lee Frizzell
HELENA - Janice Lee Frizzell, 45, of Helena, a beloved mother, daughter, sister, and friend died Monday morning April 3, 2000, at St. Peter's Hospital following a gallant battle with breast cancer.
She was born July 11, 1954, in Minneapolis, to Bert and Helen Merdink. Janice came to Montana at a young age. She attended school in Helena, graduating from Helena High School in 1972. Janice continued her education attending Montana State University, receiving a degree in music education in 1976. After graduation, Janice taught music at Great Falls Junior High for a two period of two years.
Janice married Tom Frizzell and to this marriage were born two sons, William Benjamin and Andrew Thomas. Janice was a dedicated and devoted mother to her sons, living life with great dignity.
In her career in music, Janice was a member of the New Found Joy, the State Capital Band and Helena Symphony Chorale. She sang as a soloist in the Presbyterian Church Choir. Janice was a past President of AAUW in Missoula and taught Bible courses for Bible Study Fellowship. Janice also was an accomplished seamstress.
She was preceded in death by her brother, David Michael Merdink.
She is survived by her two sons, Benjamin and Andrew, both of Helena; her parents, Bert and Helen Merdink of Helena; brother John Sutton Merdink and his wife, Julie, and their children, Jeremy, Ryan and Jessica Montana Merdink, all of Casper, Wyo.; a sister, Kathleen Rae Ulbrich and her husband, Kenneth, and their children, Annissa and Stephen Ulbrich all of Winona, Minn.; and a very special dear friend, Joe Foster of Helena. Janice also is survived by several aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends.
Interment will be at Sunset Memorials Gardens Cemetery. A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at First Presbyterian Church. Interim Pastor Jack Terry will preside.
Those wishing to send memorials in Janice's name may do so to the First Presbyterian Church, 535 N. Ewing, Helena, Mont. 59601, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Dona Mae Baylor
ST. IGNATIUS - Dona Mae Baylor, 70, of St. Ignatius, passed away of natural causes at her home on Sunday evening, April 2, 2000.
Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Memorial Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, April 7, at the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Father Gus Schmidt will be the celebrant. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date in the Jocko Cemetery.
Cremation and arrangements under the direction of Grogan Funeral Home in Polson.
DEER LODGE - Jerry West, 64, died at Powell County Memorial Hospital on Monday, April 3, 2000.
He is survived by six children and six grandchildren.
He was born Feb. 24, 1936, in Charlo.
Jerry served in the Marine Corps from 1957-63. While stationed in California, he met and married Mary Larson in San Bernardino in 1958.
Jerry worked for 24 years as a phosphate miner for Cominco American. He loved working on cars and tinkering with inventions. He maintained a healthy sense of humor throughout his life.
A graveside memorial service will be held for him at 11 a.m. Friday, April 7, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge.
Leonard A. Rustad
ANACONDA - Leonard A. Rustad, 61, passed away following complications after cancer surgery on Friday, March 31, 2000, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Salt Lake City.
He is survived by his wife Teresa at the family home; a son, Lenny and wife, Billie, of Anaconda; three daughters, Terri Pipinich and husband, Tony, of Vernal, Utah; Terra Reistad and husband, John, of Anaconda; and Robyn and fiance, Wayne Smith, of Anaconda; brothers, Kenny of Butte, and Norman and Carney of Anaconda; sister, Carol Grubich of California; grandsons, Ryan, Cody, Justin, Jon and Bryson; granddaughters, Kaci, McKenzie and Mikayla; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 7, at Hope Lutheran Church in Anaconda. There will be no visitation or wake. Cremation has taken place.