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Friday, May 22nd 2015
Alfreda Drabbs
Alfreda Drabbs, 93, died Sunday May 17, 2015. A gathering for friends and family will be held at 5:00pm, Friday July 3, 2015 at the home of Frank and Khristi Drabbs (424 S 2nd Ave East, Malta). Kirkwood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, and condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com .

Alfreda was born June 10, 1921 to Alfred and Eleanor Sigg, near Joliet Montana. She was the second of 7 children. She attended school in Joliet, and then the Montana State College in Bozeman, graduating in 1943. She was proud of the fact that she worked at the Fish Hatchery in Yellowstone National Park for a summer. She also attended Columbia in New York for a year. She taught in Big Sandy before accepting a teaching position in Hinsdale, Montana where she met and later married Foran Drabbs. They raised 6 children – Mary Eleanor, Francis, Charles, George, Aline and Nancy. They farmed and ranched north of Hinsdale, selling the ranch and moving into town in 1967 where Alfreda returned to teaching.

When she retired from teaching in 1974, she accepted the position of Valley County Superintendent of Schools. After she retired as Superintendent, she traveled visiting friends and family. She enjoyed her work, her students, and the comradery of her fellow teachers. Alfreda liked trying crafts of all kinds including knitting and crocheting, but she loved quilting. Foran passed away in 2001, and Alfreda later moved to Malta.

Alfreda is survived by her sisters, Barbara Warddrip of Billings, Carolyn (Joe) Pilgrim of Wolf Point, brother Jake Sigg of San Francisco; daughters Mary Drabbs of Albuquerque New Mexico, Aline (Gary) Yergler of Kellogg Idaho, and Nancy (Ross) Salsbery of Malta, sons Frank (Khristi) Drabbs of Malta, Chuck Drabbs of Three Forks, and George (Darcie) Drabbs of Malta; 14 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband Foran, and her sisters Julia Slack, Martha Neutgens, and Audrey Larson.
Friday, May 22nd 2015
Arabelle May McMullen
Whitewater- Arabelle May McMullen 82 went to join the angels on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Visitation will be Monday, May 25, 2015 at Kirkwood Funeral Home. Her memorial service will be Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Malta Lutheran Church. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com

Arabelle was born in Hinsdale, Montana on March 20, 1933 to Lars Marius and Hazel Larsen. She attended schools in Hinsdale and Malta. She attended one year of college in Havre.

She married John F. Dolphay on June 23, 1950 and together they had ten children. After John’s passing in 1962, Arabelle remarried a truly wonderful man, Ray McMullen on May 29, 1964. They have lived north of Whitewater on the family farm for 51 years.

Survivors include her husband Ray McMullen, her children Perry Dolphay of Whitewater, Marilyn (Roy) Taylor of Malta, Edith (David) Allen of Wolf Point, Connie (Dan) Liese of Turner, Lorrie Cofer of Havre, Tim (Becky) Dolphay of Reed Point, Dora (Marvin) Jones of Malta, Tony (Kathy) Dolphay of Havre and Vivian (Ron) Stolle of Great Falls. She leaves 17 grandchildren and 24 great- grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings Leslie, Virginia, Jeanette, Russell, Jerry, Rodney, Vera and Elaine, her mother in-law Vivian McMullen and Ray’s brothers and sisters.

She was preceded in death by her first husband John, daughter Denise, and her parents.
Wednesday, May 20th 2015
Bradley Dean Palmer
Bradley Dean Palmer passed away May 19th, 2015 in Hinsdale, Montana. He was born on October 21st, 1961 to Terry and Marian Palmer in Glasgow, Montana. Brad attended grade school through graduation in Hinsdale and graduated from Hinsdale High in 1980.

Brad worked in the Hinsdale area until attending Billings Vo-Tech receiving a HVAC degree. He then worked in Billings for a refrigeration business as well as worked throughout Montana and South Dakota. Brad became certified in asbestos abatement and was very proud of his work at the Cenex refinery in Laurel, Montana. He made many friends in the Billings area during this time. Brad returned home to Hinsdale and worked for the Hinsdale School district until the time of his death.

Brad loved NASCAR. His favorite driver was Jimmie Johnson in that 48 Lowes Car. He also loved his beloved Green Bay Packers, attending church, and was proud to be active in AA as he had been sober since 1983. Brad never hesitated to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

Brad is survived by his parents; Terry Palmer of Hinsdale, Montana and Marian Palmer of Great Falls, Montana. One son Janson Palmer of Glasgow, Montana; one daughter Katrina Heser of Billings, Montana; one brother Kyle Palmer of Hinsdale, Montana; and a sister Rhonda (Dale) Schultz of Billings, Montana. Brad is also survived by many special nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A visitation is to take place Friday May 22, 2015 in Hinsdale at the United Methodist Church from 4-6 PM with family receiving. Services will be Saturday May 23, 2015 at the Hinsdale School Gymnasium at 2:00 PM with burial to follow at the Hinsdale Cemetery. A potluck will take place at the Hinsdale School Cafeteria following burial.

Condolences may be made at bellmortuarymontana.com
Monday, May 18th 2015
Sally Jo Haynie
The world changed for the better on January 22, 1982 when Sally Jo Page was born into the Steve and Michele (Etchart) Page family. Named for her Godparents Sarah Etchart and Joe Etchart, she was the caboose of four children and she kept the whole family on its toes. Nicknamed Cyclone Sally at an early age, for what would later develop into the fierce independence with which she lived life her own way, she gave a little piece of her sweet and sassy self to all she encountered. Sally Jo grew up on the family ranch near Tampico, Montana. She was, from a young age and throughout her life, crazy about dogs and horses and was a member of the Tampico Boys 4-H Club. She attended school in Glasgow, Montana where many lives were touched by Sally Jo’s special ways, one most notable was when she played cupid between her 3rd grade teacher and a young man who worked on the ranch; Tye and Cindy Holom will celebrate 20 years of marriage this year, making it clear that Sally Jo had a gift for connecting people from a very early age. In high school she served as a Senate Page in Helena, Montana and a manager for the Scotty wrestling team. She graduated in 2001 with an incredible group of friends who she led into more than a little mischief (usually in her Buick Regal), none of which resulted in any arrests. A taste for adventure led her to the east coast where she worked as a nanny for two different families, attended college and received certification as an aesthetician. Along the way she developed deep bonds with a new group of friends of all ages while maintaining those from her childhood. Notably, George W. Bush had the honor of making her acquaintance. Sally Jo had an extraordinary way of relating with people that spanned time and distance.

In 2008, Sally Jo returned to Billings, Montana to be closer to family and in her words, ‘grow up’. She worked as an aesthetician and tried her hand at advertising sales where her talent for negotiating made her an instant success. Sally Jo’s ultimate life adventure began in 2009 when true love found her in the form of Nathanael Frederick Haynie. The youngest of 13 children from a Circle, Montana farm family, Nathan was an outstanding complement to Sally Jo. A modern romance developed between the two as Sally Jo, Nathan and his son Noah began navigating life together. Each became the other’s and biggest fan and they were married in 2010. Later that year, Haylie Michele was born, completing the puzzle of their happy little family. Sally Jo was meant for motherhood and Haylie was the recipient of unconditional love, Christian guidance and special days each and every day.

It seemed a small setback when Sally Jo was diagnosed with cervical cancer in November 2014. A routine treatment plan was implemented and Sally Jo remained faithful, brave and optimistic. All the while she developed great relationships with each of her caregivers; doctors, nurses, techs and aides alike. January 2015 brought the end of treatment and a desire to get back to life as usual. Unfortunately, Sally Jo’s cancer had other plans. It returned and was discovered in March and turned Sally Jo’s life upside down. Second and third opinions were sought from the best doctors in the world and it was determined that prior actions taken and the future plan recommended by Sally Jo’s care team in Billings were the best available options. She began treatment with hopes of remission. In April she learned that the disease was winning and she was experiencing renal failure. Surrounded by family, Sally Jo received the Anointing of the Sick Sacrament from her trusted Catholic priest and friend Father Steve Zabrocki. She moved to Riverstone Hospice to live out her days in peace and comfort. Until the end, on May 15, 2015, her wish was to have her family nearby and she kept them laughing at her antics through their pain in losing her. Cancer may have taken her body but it did not harm her spirit.
Sally Jo was known for her generosity, concern for others above self, throwing a great party, having a forgiving heart, enjoying a laugh and a good joke and connecting deeply with those she encountered. Also, she was the master of the complicated favor both as requestor and fulfiller. A striking beauty, it seems impossible but she was truly more beautiful on the inside than the outside. Sally Jo held family very dear and had unique and loyal friendships with each of her parents and siblings. She lives on in the hearts of all who knew her. Beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, granddaughter, niece, cousin, aunt, in-law and friend. ~Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.

Sally Jo was preceded in death by her grandfather, Kenneth Page; cousin, Jacob Etchart; father-in-law, Marvin Haynie; nephew, Jonathan Haynie and cherished Shih Tzu, ‘Tres’. Sally Jo is survived by her husband Nathan; daughter, Haylie; and stepson, Noah; her parents, Steven and Michele Page; brother, Matt (Angie and their daughters Elizabeth, Emmalynn and Gina), brother, Peter; sister’ Mary (Lars Hanson); grandparents, Gene and Elaine Etchart and Lucille Page; mother-in-law, Mabel Haynie, all of Nathan's 12 brothers and sisters, their children and grandchildren, many uncles, aunts, and cousins and two Shih Tzus, ‘Vino’ and ‘Harlie’.

Her funeral will be held at St. Raphael’s Church in Glasgow, Montana at 11:00am on May 19, 2015 with burial immediately following. Additionally, a celebration of Sally Jo's life will be held in Billings at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Sally Jo asked that gifts be made to the Sally Jo Haynie Angel Fund, c/o Grace Montessori Academy, 4809 Grand Avenue, Billings, MT 59106 to pay it forward to other families who fall on hard times or to a charity of your choice. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, May 18th 2015
Harriett M. Lee
Harriett M. Lee, age 93 died of natural causes on May 12th, 2015, at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, MT.

She was born on March 20, 1922 in Stillwater, Minnesota and completed her high school education there. She received a two year teaching certificate from Winona State College for rural schools. In 1941 war was declared and Harriett headed to California. She was not “Rosie the Riveter” but obtained a job with Union Oil 76 and was sent to Beverly Hills to work in a full service gas station. One day Harriett’s assignment was to pump gas and on that day Harpo Marx ran over her right foot. Another day, Horace Height, who, at his musical height, celebrated the one year anniversary of the war and invited Harriett to be on the radio coast to coast in a skit with a role of being hassled by a guy. All she remembers is saying was “Get back in the car squirt”

Back to Minnesota while teaching 6th grade she was introduced to the ancient world and early European History. She vowed that someday she would visit these places, and in 1983 along with her daughter, Susan, went to Greece and a cruised the Mediterranean Sea touching Egypt and the Holy Land. It was during this trip she rode a camel and never tired of telling the camel ride story. In 1985, she spent 5 weeks visiting the wonders of Europe from London to Amsterdam. Her dream came true.

With the war over she married her childhood sweetheart, Richard (Dick) Lee and in 1950 they adopted their daughter Susan.

After the war her husband, Richard (Dick) Lee, attended the University of Minnesota pursing a degree in Fish, Wildlife, and Game. After his graduation in 1949, there were no jobs due to the Korean War and the government changed the requirements for FBI agents. He qualified, was accepted, and they were transferred to Morristown, NJ in 1954. When they arrived they immediately applied to adopt a boy and got a son named David.

While in New Jersey Harriett began teaching and attended classes at Newark State working toward her degree. Her philosophy of education was “I do not teach the subject, I teach the child”.

In 1957, Harriett became pregnant and Brian was born, rounding out the family.

There was one rule the family kept. The first two weeks in July they left town on vacation.
They did a lot of tent camping up the East Coast and into Canada and had many fun adventures during these annual trips.

In 1970 the family moved to Glasgow. The same year Harriett received her teaching degree. Upon moving to Glasgow she took up hunting, fishing and golf. She was fortunate to have so many younger friends from her Bridge Clubs and golfing experiences. She said that this kept her “young at heart”.

She became “mom” to six girls who worked at the Glasgow Flower Shop. She made them fancy lunches for their birthdays. She hand printed recipe books for each “daughter” that included many wise and humorous sayings. Taste of Home’s Healthy Choice Magazine printed one of her recipes for Honorable Mention.

She visited her daughter in California and her son in Wisconsin often, enjoying fine dining, entertainment and all the attractions found in each state. On one trip she and her daughter, Susan, took a hot air balloon trip over the Napa Valley, and while disembarking the Balloon got away with only Harriett in it and the crew had to pull her back to earth. It was a story told many times.

She was active in the First Lutheran Church, including writing and producing programs for WELCA, bulletin boards, informational programs and visiting shut-ins to have tea. She was a Community Concert Board member, Treasurer and President in the mid 80’s. Harriett played in both Morning and Evening Golf Leagues until she turned 80. During that time she was in charge of the Ladies Morning League and continued playing until age 85. Her volunteering and organizing skills were noticed and often times resulted in her becoming President of several organizations. Harriett truly enjoyed all of her friendships and living in Glasgow for 45 of her years.

Harriett was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Miriam; brother, Roland, who was killed while serving in Korea; her husband of 48 years, Richard “Dick” Lee, who passed in 1991; and her son, David, who passed in 2012. She is survived by her daughter Susan (Robert) Priest of Ione, CA; son, Brian (Denise) Lee of Watertown WI; and daughter-in-law, Carol Lee of Glasgow, MT; three step-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place and a committal service will be held at a later date.
Memorials can be made in her name to the Children’s Museum and Valley View Aviary Maintenance Fund. Tributes of sympathy maybe left at www.bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, May 18th 2015
Patricia Elizabeth Tisdale Gregory
Patricia Elizabeth Tisdale Gregory, 94, formerly of Glasgow, Montana passed away January 4, 2015 at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Billings, Montana.

A Celebration of her life will be held Saturday May 23, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Glasgow with inurnment following. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.bellmortuarymontana.com.

Friday, May 15th 2015
Muriel Granrud
There will be a Memorial Service held for Muriel Granrud Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 3p.m. at the Opheim Lutheran Church. Public Inernment will be 1 hour prior to Service at Lawndale Cemetary.
Wednesday, May 13th 2015
Amy Marie Murr
Amy Marie Murr, age 32, of Billings, Montana formally of Glasgow, Montana passed away on May 10th, 2015 at Billings Clinic.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 1-6p.m., with family present from 4-6p.m., at the Calvary Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 15th at 11a.m., at the Calvary Baptist Church, with Pastor Dan Dale officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Memorials may be made in care of the family. Condolences may be left at www.bellmortuarymontana.com.

Amy was born October 7, 1982 in Havre, Montana to Leo and Jo (Ellerkamp) Murr. She attended Glasgow schools and graduated from Glasgow High School June of 2001.

She was currently employed at the Job Connection in Billings as an Independent Service Worker where she worked with disabled individuals. It was a job she loved and her clients had a special place in her heart.

Amy is survived by her precious son, Trevin; her companion, Jerod Croft; parents, Leo (Diane) Murr and Jo Murr (Jim Liedle); sister, Lisa (Mike) Johnson and their daughter, Eve; brothers, Tony (Stephanie) Murr and their children, Ashton and Macy, and Joseph (Brittany) Murr; paternal-grandparents Leo and Margaret Murr; and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Preceding her in death are her maternal-grandparents, Romie and Margaret Ellerkamp.

Amy will be greatly missed by those who loved and knew her.

Wednesday, May 13th 2015
Robert "Bud" Potter
On Wednesday, May 6, 2015 the angels came and tucked our sweet little Bud into their pocket, and his long awaited journey was complete as he was once again reunited with his beloved Bea. How does one condense 94 years of life, but we will provide a short synopsis and look forward to visiting in person about any stories you may wish to share.

Robert V. Potter was born December 19, 1920 in Valley County to Fred and Jennie Potter. The family lived in various areas of Valley County, and eventually settled along the Milk River west of Glasgow. Bud attended Glasgow schools, including the Glasgow Vocational School that offered auto-mechanics, welding, and machine-lathe work and he graduated from GHS. Bud utilized these trades throughout his life, including when he and his brother worked in the shipyards in Seattle.

Bud and his younger brother Harold took over the family farm/ranch and were partners for several years, as they raised cattle, farmed and put up hay for the livestock. His nieces and nephews had the benefit of learning farm and ranch work, from Uncle Bud, including driving tractors and pick-ups around the fields. The brothers were quite handy at fixing things and also helped the neighbors whenever they could. He enjoyed hunting deer in south Valley County and Elk by Glacier Park, with his brothers and nephews for many years.

A bachelor for many years, Bud finally found the love of his life, and after a few years of “courting” he and Bea were married January 31, 1981. They were the best thing that happened to each other and enjoyed 21 years of happiness until her death in 2002. With Bea by his side, they had fun snowmobiling, attending social events, rodeos, pow-wows, Class C basketball tournaments, and enjoyed all of their family gatherings. With their strong marriage, they also took on the task of raising their grandson, Ted. Even after Bea’s passing, Grandpa made certain that Ted completed his high school education, and cared for him until he could no longer, when in 2013 Bud moved to Valley View. Although he would never want to be a burden on anyone and would have preferred to leave this world much sooner, he very much appreciated all of the compassionate care he received from the staff who had the opportunity to enjoy his politeness and twinkling blue eyes.

Bud was pretty much a lifelong member of the Odd Fellows, and was the secretary for as many years as anyone can remember. He was also a member of the Laura Rebekah Lodge, and with his encouragement Bea also joined and he was very proud when she became Vice President of the Assembly of Montana, and eventually would have served as President had cancer not taken her life. Bud also stood by her side and contributed much time and energy towards maintaining the Valley County Food Bank.

It was time for the next generation to take over, so in 1996 Bea and Bud purchased a home in town, and sold their farm to nephews, Tim and Lloyd. Although now a city guy, Bud managed to stay busy taking care of the house, raising a garden and puttering in his shop. Most people remember Bud and Ted around town as they had their weekly schedule for grocery shopping, McDonalds, Eugenes, Taco Shack and Shopko.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife Bea; sister Dorothy; and brothers, Orville, Thurman and Harold; He is survived by his grandson, Ted; and his many Potter nieces and nephews. Also surviving are the Mason kids and their families, who adopted Uncle Bud and were honored to have him attend their many family events and privileged that he participated in their milestones.

Visitation for Bud is Friday, May 15th at 1p.m. with family visitation at 6p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Glasgow.

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 16th, at 1:00 at the United Methodist Church in Glasgow, with burial to follow in Highland Cemetery.

Friday, May 8th 2015
Betty Nell Montgomery
Betty Nell Montgomery, 87, a resident of Prescott for 51 years, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the Granite Gate Senior Living Facility in Prescott, AZ.
Mrs. Montgomery was born on May 12, 1927, in Glasgow, Montana. Betty was raised in a family consisting of eight children on a wheat and dairy farm outside of Glasgow of which her parents homesteaded in the early years of the 1900’s. Her father, Iver, had immigrated from Norway in 1902. Betty always held dear her vast and enormous pride in her Norwegian and farming heritage.
Betty married quite young on December 10, 1949, to Elmer R. Culver in Glasgow and raised two boys with him while living first in Montana, moving to Phoenix, and then finally settling in Prescott, AZ. Together, they opened Culver’s TV in 1967, where she helped out in the business as often as she could. However, her heart was more invested in wanting to raise her two sons as a “stay at home” mom. During the daytime when the boys were attending school, Betty occupied her rime with many hours of volunteer work in places such as the hospital, her beloved church and the Prescott Elementary School system. Her favorite and most passionate time spent, was being a member of the “Pink Ladies” in the 1970’s, which assisted the hospital in the care of the elderly patients – particularly the women – shampooing and setting their hair. Betty was also an extremely talented artist, and completed many exceptional paintings in oil, as well as sculptures in clay, which later became bronzed. Primarily, her subject matter focused on the Native American Indians, for whom she had always respected and greatly admired. Betty and Elmer eventually divorced, and in 1988, she met and later married, John Merten Montgomery; a man who she very deeply loved and forever regarded as her “Soul Mate”.
Betty Montgomery will best be remembered by her family, friends and acquaintances as a petite little woman that was blessed with an immense heart-filled with the utmost virtues of both selfless generosity and pure compassion.
Mrs. Montgomery is preceded by her husband, John Montgomery; and youngest son, Robert B Culver. Betty is survived by her eldest son Richard Culver (Patricia) of Prescott; a younger brother, Ivar L. Harebo Jr. of Camp Verde; two grandsons, Ian Culver (Cassie) of Prescott and Richie Culver (Kim) of Ft. Rucker, Alabama; a granddaughter, Richelle, of Pittsburg, Kansas; and just recently, a great-granddaughter, Kaylen Marie Culver of Ft. Rucker, Alabama.
The family wishes to sincerely thank the entire staff at Granite Gate Senior Living for their loving care during Betty’s residence there, and much heart-felt gratitude to the great people at “Hospice Family Care” who provided Betty with her medical needs and comfort during the final months of her life.
A memorial service will be at 11a.m. on Monday, May 11, 2015 at the American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott, AZ. A luncheon will follow, with committal Service at 1p.m. at Mt. View Cemetery.
Arrangements were entrusted to Arizona Ruffner-Wakelin Funeral Home
You are invited to log onto ruffnerwakelin.com to sigh Betty’s guestbook, view a tribute to her and share a memory with the family.
Tuesday, May 5th 2015
Luise Niemann Hanson
Luise Niemann Hanson, 95, passed away April 29, 2015 after a short illness. Memorial services will be Thursday May 7, 2015 at 11:00 A.M.at Saco Methodist Church. Creamtion has taken place.

Luise was born March 12, 1920 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Dr. Arthur and Nancy Niemann. She graduated from high school there and attended college at Lawrence University completing a History and Political Science degree. She then attended Duke University in North Carolina and finished her law degree at the University of Michigan in 1944 at a time when few women were in this field.

While working at a Milwaukee bank, Luise decided to try something totally different. She applied for a teaching job at the small town of Saco, Montana, and although she had no teaching credentials, her law degree must have given her enough credibility to get the job. After teaching school one year, she met Moral Hanson and they married on July 17, 1947. They raised three children while farming and ranching and lived on the family homestead near Forks during the summer, and in Saco during the winter. In 1969 they purchased the Frank Hedges ranch northwest of Saco and made this their permanent home. Luise was able to remain in her family ranch home until just a few days before her passing.

Luise, originally a big city girl, was very active in the farming and ranching right from the start, from hauling wheat to the elevator to all aspects of ranch work. She made “pets” of many cows and kept cattle records with all the details of every birth. Many chilled calves were warmed up in her bathtub over the years! Even as recently as a few weeks prior to her passing, she was hand feeding cow pellets out her pickup window. Luise was always an animal lover, especially cats and dogs. Even though she had minimal cooking experience before coming to Montana, she became a great cook, as can be attested to, not only by her family, but by every ranch hand, mechanic, salesman or delivery person who happened to stop in.

Moral and Luise were fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel together to places such as Thailand, Bolivia, Hawaii, Alaska and much of Montana, as well as in her later years to Belize and China. She was very active in the Saco Women’s Club, school functions, and community projects. Luise was a member of the Saco Methodist Church since 1946, and gifted the round stained glass window during the 100th church celebration in 2003.

Survivors include three children, son James of Saco; daughter and son-in-law Pat Hanson and Maury Anderson of Libby; daughter and son-in-law Nancy Kay Hanson and Tim Wilson of Xiamen, China; her sister Nancy Axvig of Missoula and nephew Ole Axvig of Laramie, Wyoming. She was preceded in death by her husband Moral in 2003, and her parents, Arthur and Nancy Niemann.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Saco Methodist Church or Saco Emergency Services. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwooodfuneralhome.com

Wednesday, April 29th 2015
Dawna Jeanne Heath
Dawna Jeanne Heath, 87, of Glasgow passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at the United Methodist Church in Glasgow, with Pastor Ron Kapalka officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Dawna was born November 9, 1927 in Glasgow at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital to Charles and Pearl (Robertson) Dascher. She grew up on the family farm in the South Bench. She started school at Tiger Butte, which was taught by her oldest sister, Helen. She lived with Helen in the school house for a year. At the age of six she moved to Wheeler, Montana. She attended school at Fort Peck for a year and then returned to school in Wheeler, where she attended through the 8th grade. In 1945 she graduated from Glasgow High School.

During Dawna’s freshman year in high school she met the love of her life, Charles Heath. They dated while Charles was in the Army and serving overseas in WWII. After the war, Charles returned in May of 1946 and the couple were married November 1, 1946.

In February of 1947 they moved to Spokane, WA and then returned to Glasgow in July of 1948. Their son, Kelly, was born in 1949 and daughter, Roxie followed in 1950. The family of four moved to Kavalli, Montana in 1963 for 6 months then back to Glasgow where daughter Janalee was born in 1964 and daughter Tracey in 1965.

Dawna returned to work at the First National Bank in April of 1968 and retired in 1992 after serving as comptroller for 25 years. In her retirement years she enjoyed playing in numerous Bridge Clubs and was a member of the Soroptimist. She loved jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, and tending her flowers and garden. Her family enjoyed her delicious homemade jams, pickles, and fresh garden produce. Dawna had a passion for politics and current events. She usually had her TV turned to the news channel.

Proceeding her in death were her parents, Charles and Pearl Dascher; husband, Charles (Chuck) Heat; sisters, Helen Miller and Thelma Maxness.

Survivors include son, Kelly (Rickie) Heath; daughters, Roxie (Skip) Fassett, Janalee Berentson, and Tracey (Stuart) Palmer; grandchildren, Sherry (John) Orser, Toby Clouner, Annette Richards, Amy (Steve) Lesmeister, Tim Fassett (Hannah), Colton Berentson, Lane Berentson, and Saylor Palmer; great grandchildren, Malea Orser, Cody Orser, Spencer Clouner, Jaden Lesmeister, Brynn Lesmeister, Brendan Richards, Toryn Richards, and Zoey Fassett with a new baby Fassett due to arrive in October.

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