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Wednesday, February 3rd 2016
William F. Arvin
Wednesday, February 3rd 2016
William F. Arvin
William F. Arvin, 89, of Havre, Montana, 18 days before his 90th Birthday passed away in his home on January 30, 2016.

A graveside service will be on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Lawndale Cemetery, near Opheim, MT, with Pastor George Sturm officiating. Bell Mortuary is in charge of Arrangements. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Bill was born on February 17, 1926 to William Arvin, SR. and Eva Ree (Sisson) Arvin, in Kansas City, Missouri, their oldest child; later joined by one sister, Mary Ellen.

The family lived in Missouri until Bill was 9years old, then they moved to Billings, Montana because of the depression. His father’s brother had a dairy farm there. His father and family worked there many years while the children were growing up.

Bill graduated from Billings High School in 1944. Following graduation he left for Farragut, with a group of friends, for two years in the Navy during World War II. They served in the South Pacific, the Philippians, Okinawa, and Occupation of Japan, on the USS Colorado BB45.

Upon discharge he worked with harvest crews until his friend, Ralph Queen, talked him into entering Eastern Montana College until 1949; when he acquired a job in Opheim, Montana. The beginning of a Career that lasted 37 years.

After Two years in Opheim he and Beryl Omvig planned to be married. However he had chosen an early release from the Navy, in exchange for a “chance” that he might be recalled to finish the last 10 months.
The wedding plans were made including the wedding invitations which arrived just before the “notice” from Uncle Sam that said: “Report on May 29th” with the wedding to be June 3rd. Bill wrote for a 10 day extension. Being young and being full of trust, and a lot of faith, the invitations were mailed out! The government granted him 7 days so the wedding was on June 3rd and he left for Korea very early on June 6th on the USS Colonial LSD 18, mine sweeping off the Korean War.

Bill was discharged with the rank of Machinist Mate 3rd Class. He was shipped back to the U.S. after three months, where he was joined by Beryl in Coronado, California, back and forth until March when his time was served. He had to give up his teaching contract in Choteau to go to Korea, so what does a teacher without a job do in March but go back to college at Eastern Montana College; working in the summers and securing a job in Saco, Montana. For three years, while in Saco we adopted our first child, Lee. Next was a job in St. Regis where he moved alone as Beryl waited for our second son, William A. Arvin. Bill didn’t care much for the mountains so after two years we headed back to the prairie at Stanford, Montana where our daughter DeJana Rea was born. After four years in 1961 we moved to Havre, Montana where Bill finished his teaching career. Bill worked summers in construction, SCS (measuring land), county road and bridge crews; but every five years was required to attend summer school.

When he retired in 1987, it took about a year of “retirement” before he went and got a job at Cenex, where he worked for 14 years.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Eva Ree Arvin; and sister, Mary Ellen (Beldon, DeBord) Bustle. He is survived by his wife, Beryl; sons, Lee B. of Great Falls, and William A. of Havre; daughter, DeJana (Doug) Bucher, of Post Falls, ID; grandchildren, James (Michelle) Arvin of Cheney WA, Thomas (Jennifer) Bucher of Post Falls, ID, Anita (Jeremiah) Johnson, of Glendive, MT, Lee Arvin Jr. and Nathaniel Arvin of Great Falls; great-grandchildren, Raistlin Aleman, Liriel, Selene, Nathaniel Jr., Alexander and Sonata Arvin; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Onvig of Billings; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please choose a charity of your choice in Bill’s Honor.

Friday, January 22nd 2016
Jack D. Jensen
SACO-Jack D. Jensen, 80, passed away Friday, January 15, at the Hi-Line Retirement Center of natural causes.

Services will be held July 2, 2016 in Hinsdale. Cremation has taken place. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

Jack was born on June 9, 1935 on the family farm near Grenora, N.D. to Jens C. and Selma (Thoeny) Jensen the 11th of 11 children.

Jack graduated from Hinsdale High School in 1953. He attended college in Bozeman for a short time before enlisting in the Army. He was honorably discharged. He married Susan Nelson, and from this union they had 3 children. The family moved to Hinkley, M.N. where Jack worked for his father-in-law, at the Farmers and Merchants State Bank.

In 1967 the family moved to Hinsdale where Jack managed The Montana Bar in Glasgow, for his brother Frank. Jack and Susan later divorced. In 1968, he married Marilyne Matovich, and from this union he gained 3 step-children and then 3 sons were born. The family moved to Hinsdale where he worked various jobs. The next move was to Malta where he farmed and ranched for his father-in-law Martin Matovich. He also eventually studied for and passed his realtors test. He worked for Vern Mangis Reality in Malta.

In 1976 they moved to Sleeping Buffalo, together he and Marilyne managed the resort. They moved to Saco, in 1989 where Jack resided until his move to the Hi-Line Retirement Center.

Jack was preceded in death by his son Jack, Jr., grandson Jeremy Monroe, granddaughter Vanessa Hoock; parents, Jens and Selma; sisters Wilda (Bert) Osen, Ruth (Lester) Johnson; brothers, Keith, Burril, Marlin, Gene (Joy), Frank (Alma), Donald (Louella), West (Donna), and Daniel (Francine).

Jack is survived by his wife Marilyne, his 8 children; Jennifer (Scott), Burl (Rita), Robin (Gary), Michele (Chuck), Monte (Dana), Jess (Darlee), Marty (Anita), and Bart (Kay). Grandchildren; Ashley, Ryan, Tyler, Cole, Ireland, Logan, Sierra, Tell, Keegan, Derek, and Jack. Great Grandchildren; Parker, Jack, Jett, Hunter, Harlee, and Roz.
Thursday, January 21st 2016
Sylvia (Sally) Mae Powell
Sylvia Mae (Lenz-Debray) Powell passed away January 20, 2016 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital at the age of 70. Funeral services will be held January 26, 2016, 2:00 PM at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow with Pastor Scott Hedegaard officiating. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be at a later date. There will be a small gathering following the service at the Glasgow Elks Club. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com

Sylvia (Sally) Powell was born October 22, 1945 to Carl and Violet (Cowan) Lenz and was raised by her aunt and uncle Pauline and Leo Debray. She attended Glasgow Schools graduating in 1963. Sally then went onto Kinman Business University in Spokane, Washington for 2 years. Sally married Franklin Buril Powell on July 3rd, 1969 and together they had 4 children Carolyn Sue, Franklin C., Macie and Adam. During the first years of their marriage Frank worked for Etchart Ranch and Hinsdale Livestock and Sally was the ranch cook for all the men. In 1977 she inherited the Lenz Estate on the Milk River just outside of Glasgow where they started their own farm and ranch which they worked while raising their family until moving to town in 2006. She loved taking the kids outside to play in the puddles after the rain, going camping, raising bum lambs and riding her horse Comanche. She enjoyed following her children in their sports; Carolyn in basketball, Frank in wrestling, Macie in basketball and track, Adam in wrestling. She took great pride watching her grandkids and following all their activities. The grandkids always got treats when hanging out with Gramma Sally. She always found a positive in every situation until the time of her passing.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents; Violet and Carl Lenz and Pauline and Leo Debray, brother; Jake (Marla) Debray and many brothers and sisters she never got to meet.

Sally is survived by her husband; Frank B. Powell of Glasgow, sisters; Kay (Rod) Davidson of Port Angeles, WA, Teresa Shipp of Glasgow, brother; John (Cleo) Lenz of Oraville, WA. Her children; Carolyn Sue (Bob) Reinhardt of Denver, Frank (Jen) Powell of Chinook, Macie (Randy) Andersen and Adam (Amanda) Powell of Glasgow. Grandchildren; Alyx Reinhardt of Raleigh, NC, Sami (Jason) Powell of Chinook, Paige Powell of Bismarck, ND, Kathryn (Jerry) Murch, Dwayne Andersen, Dawn Andersen, Tristan Powell all of Glasgow, Julian and Evan Powell of Chinook. She also had 3 great grandchildren; Tucker Powell-Crawford of Chinook and Madisyn and Caden Murch of Glasgow and a nephew; John (Pam) Dodson of Glasgow.

The family would like to thank all the nurses, CNA's and Dr. Millard for helping make Sally's last few days as comfortable as possible. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Ronald McDonald house in Sally's memory.

Wednesday, January 20th 2016
William James Brooks
William James Brooks departed this life on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at Holy Rosary Healthcare Hospital, Miles City, Montana. He had a passion for life and was a people–person. He enjoyed entertaining and spending time with family and friends, cooking, playing cards and board games, traveling, and hanging out at the VFW and Elks Club in Glasgow, Montana, where he lived until his health began to fail. He was also an outdoorsman and loved fishing and hunting. He resided at the Veterans Montana Health Care System, Community Living Center, Miles City, Montana, since November 2013. Bill, as he was called, was born in Sardis, Mississippi, on March 24, 1927, to the late Will Bland and Lela Howard Bland. He was predeceased by his only sibling, Catherine Payne and wife, Gisela Gentry Brooks. He grew up in Millington, Tennessee and accepted Christ at an early age at the West Canaan Baptist Church. He was a faithful member throughout his early childhood and young adult years. He left Millington in 1950, joined the United States Air Force, and retired in 1977. Upon retirement from the United States Air Force, he embarked on another career with the US Postal Service, retiring from there in 1991. Bill was a wonderful father, grandfather, relative, and friend. He was loved and highly regarded and will be greatly missed. He leaves to mourn his passing, his sons, Willie Brooks (Roberta) of Lanham, Maryland and Gregory Brooks of California; three grandchildren, Jamie Brooks (Glenda) of West Bloomfield, Michigan, Raina Branch of Lanham, Maryland, and Renita Farrington (Torrance) of Bowie, Maryland; eight great-grandchildren and a host of other family members and friends. We would like to thank the doctors, nurses, staff and residents of the Veterans Montana Health Care System, Community Living Center, Miles City, Montana for the excellent care, and other kindred deeds you provided to our Father/Grandfather throughout his residency. Again, thank you very much. And, we would also like to thank the doctors, nurses, hospital staff, and ICU team at Holy Rosary Healthcare Hospital, Miles City, Montana, for the specialized medical care, hospitality, and excellent communications you provided when his health care needs intensified. Thanks, also, to the Miles City, Montana Ambulatory Service. May God bless forever bless you and keep you in His care. – The Brooks Family I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. II Timothy 4:7 A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the VA Chapel in Miles City MT. Interment with full military honors will follow at Eastern Montana Veterans Cemetery in Miles City. Condolences to the family may be sent by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com
Tuesday, January 19th 2016
Margaret (Decker) Unrau
Margaret (Decker) Unrau, 95, of Glasgow passed away January 15, 2016 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

Funeral services will be held January 21, 2016 at Evangelical Church in Glasgow with Reverend Jay Ashbaucher officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Margaret was born in Lustre, Montana on April 14, 1920 to Zacharias J. and Barbara (Waldner) Decker. She was one of 12 children; six of them died in childhood. Margaret attended Lustre and Frazer schools, graduating in 1938. She was a proud to be a Frazer Bear Cubs All State basketball player in 1937-1938. She liked to repeat a statement made by the Frazer School Superintendent: Margaret, if you play the game of life as well as you play the game of basketball, you will succeed.

Margaret met her future husband, Toby Unrau, through his sister and her best friend Nellie Unrau. They were married on September 30, 1939 in Frazer, Montana. Her light blue taffeta street length dress and veil were made by her sister, Adina. It was during the depression so there was no reception or honeymoon. For the next 7 years they moved around to various old homesteads. In 1946 they bought a farm in the Lustre area, a half mile from the Unrau homestead. During these years their four children were born. They moved back to Frazer in 1954 and then to Lewistown, Montana in 1955; staying there until 1965 when they moved to Delavan, Wisconsin.

Margaret became employed outside the home for the first time in September 1966; working in a factory cafeteria. Four years later she went to work packaging sports equipment and worked there for 12 years; retiring in 1982 when she moved to Glasgow, Montana. Toby felt that he was getting up in years and wanted Margaret to be with family. Margaret thought that she had retired, but in 1988 she went to work in the laundry at the Valley View Home; working until she was 69 years old.

Margaret was a member of the Evangelical Church and this was an important part of her life. Throughout her life she hosted many missionaries and church speakers; providing a room and delicious meal. There are hundreds of names in a guest book she kept up to date. Margaret was a natural homemaker; friends and family felt welcome and comfortable in her home. The Chicago Cubs were a favorite team of Margaret’s and she was happy when she had a baseball or basketball game to watch. She was a competitive Scrabble player; beating her children and grandchildren on a regular basis. Margaret taught herself to play the button accordion at an early age and continued to play; even in talent shows at Nemont Manor and Valley View Home.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Toby; all of her siblings, and a son-in-law. She is survived by her four children, Barbara (Jim) Kline of Frost Proof, Flordia, Patricia (Sid) Rice of Glasgow, Montana, Darrel Unrau of Cheyenne, Wyoming and Donald (Audrey) Unrau of Portland, Oregon; seven grandchildren, Karen and Dwayne Wilson, Kathy and Tommy Luby, Stacie and Kurt McCauley, Susan and Tony Fast, Jennifer and Kurt Honeyager, Sonja Unrau and Reuben Unrau; 10 great-grandchildren and sister-in-law, Ruth Coulter of Maryland.
Tuesday, January 19th 2016
Idell R. Nicol
Idell R. Nicol, 81 of Nashua, Montana passed away January 14, 2016 at Valley View Nursing Home.

Idell was born October 28, 1934 in Wolf Point, Montana to Martin and Lydia (Schaffer) Kappes. She completed her education Nashua, Montana.

She married Pete Nicol on July 17, 1954. Together they had three children whom they raised on the family farm southeast of Nashua.

Idell worked hard all her life, whether it was on the farm or outside of the home helping make ends meet. She will be remembered for her large gardens which yielded and over abundance of vegetables to be shared with family and friends, as well as her love of animals. She lovingly spoiled her pets and willingly fed any stray that came along.

We will all miss the wonderful treats she lovingly made for Christmas Eve dinner which she started baking after Thanksgiving. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed canning crocheting and word search puzzles.

Idell was preceded in death by her parents; Martin and Lydia and brother, Harold.

Idell is survived by her husband, Pete Nicol of the family home; three children, Deborah (JR Cusker of Nashua, Montana, Rusty (Thelma) Nicol of Kalispell, Montana, and Carrie Nicol of Glasgow, Montana; grandchildren, Danielle (Casey Jones) Cusker of Chinook, Montana, Earl (Mikki) Cusker of Laurel, Montana, Kaitlin (Steve Chappell) Cusker of Glasgow, Montana; great-grandson, Gage Cusker of Cherry Point North Carolina; and numerous pets she cared
for and worried about whether they were hers or not.

Bell Mortuary has assisted the family with private services and burial. Idell’s family requests that in lieu of cards and flowers that donations be made in her memory to the Northeast Montana Pet Rescue.

Tuesday, January 19th 2016
Rita Alice Blount Talks Different
Rita Alice Blount Talks Different (Red Thunder Bird Woman) 71, of Frazer, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the Billings Clinic. She fought a long battle to diabetes.

A wake will be held at the Cansuska Presbyterian Church in Frazer on January 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m. on January 21, 2016 at the Frazer School Gym. Burial will follow at the Owego Presbyterian Cemetery. Condolences can me left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Rita “Baby Girl” was born on November 21, 1944 in Poplar, MT to Clara Red Eagle Blount and George Buck Blount, Sr. She was the youngest of 13 children.

She attended and graduated from Frazer School in 1963 as her class Valedictorian. Rita had several jobs throughout her life ranging from a bus driver, teacher aide, GED instructor, and retired from the Fort Peck Tribes maintenance department. She participated on several boards and committees. She sat on the Frazer Indian Education Committee, Frazer Indian Athletic Association and Frazer School Board. She was the Frazer School Board Chairperson for 3 terms, Frazer Housing Commissioner, Fort Peck Tribal Education Board of Directors and several positions of the Frazer Community Council, just recently resigning last year. She was also a Valley County Election Judge.

Rita was a very kind hearted, gentle, loving, caring, and giving woman. She was always helping others. She loved her daughters and was very proud of each one of their accomplishments. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were treasures that were always kept close to her heart. She loved spending time getting together with her girls, grandchildren and great-grandchildren eating, laughing and taking “selfies”. She loved to laugh and tease. She was always burning one of her daughters or granddaughters with a joke. Her smile was contagious and could light up a room. Although she was in pain, she was always concerned about the comfort of others.

She faithfully attended church at the Cansuska Presbyterian Church in Frazer where she served as an Elder at her church that she loved. She was always making sure to invite her brother, Dean Blount, to all of her dinners. “Call Dean and have him come and eat.” she would say. She also loved her traditional ways. She enjoyed participating in pow-wows, sweats, hand games, and sundances.

She loved her Frazer Bearcubs and would travel all over in any kind of weather to support them. She will be tremendously missed but we rejoice knowing we will see her again.

She is survived by her daughters, Dori, Tisha (Loren), Carrie Sue, Shelly Jeffres (Monte) all of Frazer, Ada “Leonne” of Wolf Point and Secret Ann of Billings; her grandchildren, Tessa (Jed), Michael “Beada” (Sunny), Shelby, Kourtney (Shilo), Steven, Sydney (Keaton), William, Taylor, Dalton, Shaedel, Kelby and Juellz; great-grandchildren, Jaedyn, Reese, Gabriel, BriAnna, Preston, AnaLayna, Aubree, Gemma, Liam and Colten; brother, Harold “Dean” Blount of Frazer, sisters, Arlene Standing of Frazer, and Marietta “Babe” Four Bear of Brockton; adopted daughters, Lonette Black Crow of Harlem, Loni Blount Jones of Frazer and JoBeth Johnston of Frazer; adopted sons, Richard Blount of Wolf Point, Lil’ Joe Raining Bird of Oswego, and Harlan Hall of Heart Butte; adopted sisters, Agnes Johnston of Frazer, Janine Pease of Billings, Josephine Tapaha, Florence Brown, Madonna McConnell all of Wolf Point and Patricia Pipe of Poplar; adopted brother, Simon Looking Elk of Rapid City, South Dakota. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her father, George Blount Sr.; her mother, Clara Red Eagle Blount; sisters, Marian Blount, Lucille Raining Bird, and Pearl Four Bear; brothers, Wayne Blount, Dennis Blount, Robert Black Dog, Myron Blount and George Blount Jr.; aunts, Katherine Blount, Alice Buck Elk and Rita Belgarde; uncles, Philip Red Eagle, Hank Blount, James Blount, Isaac Blount and Joseph Blount.

Monday, January 18th 2016
June M. Simanton
MALTA-June M. Simanton, 82, retired lab and X-ray Technician, died Saturday, January 16, at the Glasgow Hospital.

Memorial services will be 11:00 A.M., Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel in Malta. Interment of her cremated remains will be at a later date. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

June was born June 1, 1933 in Hallock, Minnesota the daughter of Alfred and Frances (Gamble) Walters. After high school she attended a Lab and X-Ray Technician school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating she accepted a job at the Malta Hospital and Clinic and moved to Malta in 1952. She met Dick Simanton and they were married December 31, 1953 in Great Falls. They both retired for the Hospital in 1995. They traveled and enjoyed seeing the sites until Dick health started to fail. He passed away in 2001. June was a member of the Episcopal Church. Her greatest joys were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

June is survived by her children; Teresa (Roy) Jones of Hinsdale, Michael Simanton of Casper, Wyo.; brother, “Punk” Ken Walters of Hallock, Minn; grandchildren, Douglas Jones of Glasgow, Kristie (Derek) Lefdahl of Hinsdale, Adam (Desiree) Simanton of Casper, Wyo.; 8 great-grandchildren, Isabellae, Augustus Jones, Deion, Sloan, Townes Lefdahl, Jordyn, Jace, Jack Simanton; numerous nieces and nephews.
Monday, January 18th 2016
David John Clowes
David John Clowes, 85, passed away January 14th, at Francis Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana. A wake will be held at Bell Mortuary Sunday, January 17, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass is planned for 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 18, 2016 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church with Father Jose Valliparambril officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will be held after burial at the Cottonwood Inn. Please send any memorials to Glasgow Education Fund or Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

Dave was born June 23, 1930, in Glasgow, Montana and as a boy grew up on a farm on Cherry Creek, northeast of Glasgow which was, as he described it a “paradise for a growing boy”. He was the fifth of seven children born to Homer and Ruth (Biddle) Clowes. As a boy, Dave was involved in FFA and football (and numerous high school activities). He had a kind spirit which led him to help kids of all ages. While in High School he joined the Naval Reserve. He played college football at Whitworth in Spokane.

While attending the University of Montana he met Dorothy Patten of Missoula. He married her one week before reporting for duty in the United States Navy. He served as a gunners mate on the USS Walton serving in the Formosa Sea during the Korean War. Upon his return he and Dorothy ran a dairy farm in Missoula before returning to take over the family wheat farm near Fort Peck. With unconditional love he and Dorothy raised four children in the country, teaching them the value of hard work and responsibility and allowing them to face life with confidence. After the farm was sold, the family moved to Glasgow where Dave worked first for the State Employment Service and then for the Federal Land Bank (where he worked for 24 years). Drawn to the rural life, in 1964 Dave and Dorothy bought a small irrigated cattle operation on Tampico Road. They sold that farm in 1969 and moved to Glasgow. In 1974, they built a house on the North Side of Glasgow and a cabin at the Pines.

Dave was a lifelong member of the Republican Party and was proud to say he was patriotic before it was popular.

Dave loved practical jokes and was an expert at quick, witty responses and one liners. He Loved gardening and flowers (“posies”) and watching storm clouds gather. Dave loved spending time at the Pines and leading camping/boating trips at Fort Peck Lake with his grandkids (parents were not allowed). This was one of the highlights of his grandchildren’s childhood.

After the death of his first wife, Dave married Berta Connors of Glasgow in 1996 and was blessed with a complete second family who he loved and who brought him great joy.

Dave loved Glasgow. He was actively involved for years with the Elks Club, Lion Club and Chamber of Commerce. In his early years he was active in the First Baptist Church and later he served as a Glasgow School Board trustee. He greatly enjoyed golfing with friends and meeting with his coffee club for over 50 years. In his later years he enjoyed watching the birds come to his bird bath right next to his living room window.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy; son, James Clowes; Berta’s daughter, Wendy Kambich; his parents, Homer and Ruth; and brothers, Art, Hank and Don.

Dave is survived by his wife, Berta; three sisters, Mary Ann Moen, Beulah (Richard) Burnham, and Helen (John) Decker; son, Wade Clowes; daughters, Dena (Rick) Burt and Lorrie (Alan) Merrill; daughter-in-law, Erin Clowes; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by Berta’s sons, Bill (Kim), Bob (Barb), Ted (Juli) and Tim (Debbie) Connors; daughter, Marj (Scott) Markle; 16 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Sunday, January 17th 2016
Merle Joy Clampitt
Our beautiful Mother Merle Joy Clampitt, “Little Glass China Doll”, went home to her other family on Friday, January 15, 2016, with her children and other family members by her side. She was born January 9, 1938, two miles west of Oswego to Josephine (Schindler) Jackson and Wilson Jackson, she was the fourth child born. She attended Frazer School.

Merle worked at Glasgow Air Base, Ceta Program, Supervisor of NYC workers, painting with her brother-in-law, Joe Beston Sr., and then she retired to stay at home being a homemaker.

She loved to ride horses in her younger years; on her mare named Goldie. She attended all the rodeos, she enjoyed hunting, pow-wows and especially cruising with her grandchildren and nephews on the bottom country roads.

She married Dallas Howard Sr. and had three children form this marriage; Dallas Jr., Joseph, and Jody. They later divorced. She then married Fletcher Jay Clampitt and had two children Fletcher and Frances Clampitt. Fletcher later passed away and she then remained single raising her children.

Merle is survived by her children; Dallas Howard Jr., of Frazer, Montana, Jody Howard, whereabouts unknown, Fletcher (Donna) Clampitt of Frazer, Montana, Frances (Dooley) Clampitt of Frazer, Montana, Ray Clampitt of Nashua, Montana, and Curt Jay Clampitt of Glasgow, Montana; her sisters, Susan (Henry) LaRoque of Frazer, Shari (Joe) Beston of Frazer, Cheryl Doney of Wiota, Montana, Rosalie Smoker of Frazer, Roxy MacDonald of Frazer; and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Wilson and Josephine Jackson; her son, Joseph Wilson Howard; her grandson, Dallas Howard III; great-granddaughter, Jessica Keiser; brothers, Maynard Jackson Sr. and Darrell Jackson Sr.; sisters Pearl Bird, Farrell Strahs, and Marilyn Steele; brother-in-laws, Sidney Bird, Lonnie Steele Sr., and John Doney; nieces, nephews, cousins too many to list.

Merle was the most loving mother, aunt, grandmother and friend, she will be missed by all that loved her.

Funeral service will be held Monday, January 18, 2016 at Frazer Hall with Father Martin Officiating burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Frazer.

Friday, January 15th 2016
Sharon A. "Kelly" Archambeault
On March 16, 1943, Sharon A. “Kelly” Archambeault was born to her parents, Marlene Neise and Alton Neise. Marlene worked at the Hall Drug and Alton was a construction worker and area musician. He passed away in the early 40’s from complications during surgery. Kelly was raised by Marlene and her stepfather, Leroy Kellogg, from whom she inherited the nickname. Kelly passed away on January 14, 2016, at the age of 72, from cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Kelly was born and raised in Glasgow. She graduated with honors from Glasgow High School and with honors from the University of Montana, after spending one year at Montana State University. She earned her CPA in 1966 and worked in Seattle, Washington for Haskins & Sells, a national accounting firm, in parts of 1965 and 1966.

Kelly married Gerald T. “Buck” Archambeault on September 3, 1966, and they were blessed with two children, Michael of Glasgow and Nicole of Billings, and one grandchild, Reagan Severson, 10 years old. She is survived by her husband, son, daughter and grandchild as well as nephews, Dr. Ben Wood, Dr. John Wood, Dr. Arthur Wood and Dr. David Wood, all living east of the Mississippi River, and cousin, Marla Jan Dedobbeleer of Glasgow.

Kelly was a lifetime member of the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. She actively participated in choir and Praise Team during her many years of church attendance. She was employed at Sinclair Produce and the City of Glasgow for many years as a bookkeeper.

During her lifetime, Kelly was on the board of directors of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Montana, having served for over 20 years. She was also a board member and board president of Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital and a board member of the Glasgow School Board. Buck presently practices law at Helland Law Firm in Glasgow, specializing in estate planning and real estate.

Kelly could be seen most mornings, for 25 years or more, walking up airport road and downtown with her good friend, Deloris Brown. They formed a life-long friendship that both always cherished. Kelly particularly enjoyed the trips to the Hawaiian Islands with friends and business associates, boating at Whitefish Lake and Fort Peck Lake and “doing the loop” with her family.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, Valley View Nursing Home and her many friends for their reflections, thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue, 7th floor, New York, NY 10001. Services will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, MT. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will take place at a later date.

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