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Wednesday, June 21st 2017
Howard Long
Howard Long, 85, of Malta passed away June 15. Funeral services will be held at St. Mary's church, Friday June 23 at 11 am followed by interment at Malta Cemetery. Coffee, tea & snacks at St. Mary's will be provided. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

Howard was born February 27, 1932 at Big Beaver, Saskatchewan, Canada to Bruce & Dorthia (Lutz) Long and attended school at Red Stone Grade school. He married Delores Vancuren on February 26th, 1953, at Big Beaver, Saskatchewan and made their home in Red Stone, MT. They later moved to Wolf Point, Helena & eventually settled in Malta. While in Wolf Point Howard was a member of the Knights of Columbus as well as the Elks Club.

Throughout Howard's life he worked the railroad, construction and was a lineman for MDU Power for 20 years. He had 10 beloved grandkids, followed by 17 great grandchildren, all of whom would brighten his mood & bring a smile to his face when entering the room. Howard found joy in watching horse races, playing whist and socializing. He was very much a people person and could spark a conversation with any random person he encountered.

Survivors include: Howard's wife Delores, daughter Marion (Joe) Peigneux of Malta, son Jeffrey (Elaine) Long of Wolf Point, son Wesley Long of Helena, Brothers Gene of Helena & Bernard of Wolf Point, and sisters Marion Holman of Malta & Donelda Peterson of Denver, Co.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Sharon Rowe, brothers Wesley & Leonard, and his sister Helen.

Tuesday, June 20th 2017
Ruth Vivian Baker
Our beloved mother and friend, Ruth Vivian Baker, peacefully passed in the loving presence of her children on June 14, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona at the age of 89. She was born June 9, 1928 and grew up in "Dane Valley"- McCabe, Montana and graduated from Culbertson High School.

She moved to Glasgow and met the love of her life Myron F. Baker, known to many as "Barney". They were married October 5, 1946 and resided in Glasgow until their retirement in 1985. The sunshine, orange groves and bridge foursomes called to them and they moved to Mesa, Arizona to enjoy the desert lifestyle. They maintained a summer residence in Kalispell, Montana for visits with friends and to spend time with the grandkids.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow and Victory Lutheran Church in Mesa, Arizona, where she enjoyed serving as a greeter and assisted with communion. Her caring and compassion for those in need led her to caregiving for neighbors and family.

Her favorite pastimes included summers at the cabin on Fort Peck Lake, playing bridge, watching Atlanta Braves baseball, casino trips, shopping, travel, seeing Wayne Newton in concert (5 times) and baking treats for the grandkids. G'ma Ruth's lemon bars were a big hit!! A special celebration for Barney and Ruth's 50th Wedding Anniversary was a dinner cruise on Flathead Lake hosted by their children, this event was one she long remembered. A great joy in her life was getting together with family and friends.

Her career included being a housewife, working at Mountain Bell Telephone and owning and operating the Jewell Ann Dress Shop in Glasgow. She retired after 20 years in the administration office of Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who had a sweet spirit, beautiful smile and loved the Lord. Ruth will be dearly missed by her family, friends and anyone blessed to have known her.

Her husband of 59 years, "Barney" preceded her in death in 2005.

Ruth is survived by two children, Linda K. (Ken) Williams of Coeur d 'Alene, Idaho and Mike M. (Kori) Baker of Kalispell, Montana; six grandchildren Wade (Kristy) Williams, Cami (Todd) Seller, Flint Baker, Ian Baker, Caleb Tkachyk, Nahum (Ashley) Tkachyk; great-grandchildren Brianna Krell, Wyatt Van Ham, Maija Ames, Auston Sellers, Dalton Seller, Ariel Williams, Kendall Tkachyk, Blake Tkachyk, and Grayson Baker.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 A.M. on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Bell Mortuary (701 2nd Ave. S, Glasgow, Montana 59230) with Rick Thompson officiating. Burial will follow services at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Bell Mortuary is assisting with arrangements and condolences may be made at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Tuesday, June 13th 2017
Sandra Lee Thompson
Sandra Lee Thompson, 68, of Glasgow went to be with Jesus on June 12, 2017.

Sandra was born in San Antonio, Texas to Norman and Billie(Franks) Porter on December 16, 1948. She had four sisters: Kellie, Kathy, Kristy, and Kimberly and a brother Kirk. Her father was in the Army at the time of her birth, but after his discharge the family moved to Tacoma, Washington. Sandra grew up in Tacoma and graduated from Franklin Pierce High School in 1967.

She married Jerry Henning and they had two children; Nicholas and Tamara. They later divorced and in 1986 Sandra married Terry Thompson and they had 31 great years together.

Sandra loved working with elderly people. She worked as a social worker for two nursing homes in Tacoma, WA. Then she managed two different assisted living buildings in Puyallup and Lakewood, WA. She was a Stephen minister (a lay person who serves a friend to other) and has worked with the Alzheimer’s Association for many years.

Sandra was an avid traveler, she traveled all over this great country that she loved so much. She loved going to the ocean to camp. She could be found watching her favorite football team the Seattle Sea Hawks.

Sandra is survived by her loving husband, Terry; son, Nickolas Henning of Portland, Oregon; daughter, Tamara Henning of Billings, Montana; sister-in-law Judy Thompson of Puyallup, Washington; three step-children, Scott (Kim) of Roy, Washington, Janet (Tony) of Fresno, California and Doug (Michelle) of Tacoma, Washington; nine grandchildren: Angel, Christian, Brett, Katie, Kellie, Morgan, Makia, Miranda and Mariah; eight great-grandchildren: Terrek, Kiyler, Autumn, Rylin, Bentley, Isabella, Killian and Tyler.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Condolences may be made at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Tuesday, June 13th 2017
Charlotte Ann Larsen
Charlotte Ann Larsen was called home at the age of 71, on June 11, 2017. She was the wife of Rodney Larsen. They shared 33 years of marriage together.
Born in Sidney, MT, she was the daughter of Martin & Myrtle Lake. Charlotte was the youngest of 6 children.
Charlotte was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Glasgow. She enjoyed singing in the church choir, playing piano, doing crossword puzzles, flowers, embroidery and soap operas. But loved nothing more than spoiling her grandchildren.
Charlotte married John Lundstrom and joined an immediate family with step-children Cindy, Duane, Gary, John and Buddy. Together she and John had six children – Marty Lundstrom, Shon Lundstrom, Shane (Callie) Lundstrom, Heather (Kevin) Hartsock, Kristen Lundstrom, and Amanda (Paul) Peyton. They later divorced and she married the love of her life and amazing father to her children, Rodney Larsen.
Together, Charlotte and Rodney had LaToya Roth and LaTalya (Jason) Holt. She has 18 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She is proceeded in death by her parents, a brother George Lake, a son Duane and a grandchild Kevin.
Charlotte loved to play the piano and listen to her children and grandchildren sing. She taught them every nursery rhyme, and also made a few of her own up.
Charlotte was an amazing cook and baker; she is well known for her pies, caramel rolls and homemade buns. Her recipes were all top secret, she never liked to share them with anyone.
A service to celebrate Charlotte’s life will be Wednesday, June 14th at 1:00p.m. at Bell Mortuary, in Glasgow, MT.
Charlotte loved God and is in her Forever Home.

Tuesday, June 6th 2017
Janet Weimer
Janet Weimer was born March 2, 1933, to Maye Dunn and Lawrence Davidson, the youngest of 7 children. Married at a young age and had 4 children, Susan, Paula, Mike and Ron, which have been the joy of her life. She also has 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She loved gardening and the 21 years of the Whatley Greenhouse and loved crocheting. We will have services this summer in Glasgow.

Jan wrote her own obituary, very simple and to the point, exactly how she lived her life. But she was so much more than that. She was very proud to be the youngest of 7 siblings and had many stories of her childhood to tell. She would travel back to Pennsylvania as often as her busy schedule would allow. She spent many years working at the Johnnie Café in Glasgow and running her Whatley Greenhouse. She worked the graveyard shift and was on top of all the patrons who came in from the bars and made so many wonderful ‘Rail’ friends in those years. When she was off work at the Café it was back home to tend to her Greenhouses. She enjoyed all her customers and Mother’s Day weekend as her busiest weekend. She was the go-to-gal for questions on all plants. She then became involved in Relay for Life and was one of the top sellers for Luminaries for many years, which she was very proud of. She also a weekly fixture at the Farmer’s Market selling her veggies and home-made Jellies. If all of this was not enough to keep her busy, Jan also decided to run for County Commissioner one year. Although she did not win the seat, she met wonderful people on her journey.

She was married to Jim Shirey and had 4 children who kept her busy. Susan Hobson of Denver, CO, Paula Stuller of Estero, FL, Mike (Kathy) Shirey of Lewistown, MT, and Ron (Shelly) of Oklahoma City, OK. After that marriage, she met Russ Weimer and that began their venture to Montana, where they both fell in love with the area and purchased their home. Over the many years they took in grandchildren every summer at the ‘farm in Montana’. The grandchildren all have many wonderful memories of their visits to Montana. Jan valued every moment with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was also very close to her nieces and nephews.

Jan passed away on Friday, May 26, 2017 in Brighton, CO at the home of her niece and nephew Bonnie and Mike Kolano.

Jan’s Family will celebrate her life this summer in Glasgow, MT with a memorial service, the date to be determined.

Tuesday, June 6th 2017
Janet Weimer
Monday, June 5th 2017
Randon "Randi" Kay Billman
With her family at her side, Randon “Randi” Kay Billman, 56, of Glasgow, MT passed away June 1st, 2017 at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls, MT.

Randi was born April 23rd, 1961 to Leland and Roberta Maxine (Thomas) Monson. From an early age Randi embraced her Norwegian heritage passed down from her grandmothers. She would make frequent visits having lived close by. During these years, she also spend a lot of her time running around Glasgow with her friends and tormenting her younger brother Kelly.

In 1986 Randi married Jack Billman of Billings, MT. They had two boys Jacob and Dillon who were her pride and joy. She looked forward to family vacations, camping at the lake and vising in-laws. When not away from home the flower gardens are where she would be found.

After beating cancer in 2014, Randi and Jack retired. Randi continued to spread her love, making new friends as she explored the warmer winters of the Southwest. Randi was a free spirit that enjoyed artistic ventures, especially during retirement. While retired, she was able to concentrate on more projects including painting and sculpting, but wood carving was her passion.

Randi always spoke of how proud she was of her sons, but everyone else talked about how great of a person she was. Randi’s infectious smile and heart of gold left a mark on all who knew her. Her entire outlook was selfless and all about kindness, which bettered everyone around her and the communities she was a part of.

Randi is survived by her husband, Jack Billman; her beloved sons, Jacob and Dillon Billman; her parents, Maxine and Lee Monson; brother, Kelly (Heather) Monson; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Randi had traveled all around but always had found the most beauty in the Northern Prairie. She will be laid to rest in the community she loved.

Family will receive friends at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT on Monday, June 5, 2017 from 4-6 PM. Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, MT with Judy Martin officiating. Interment will follow services at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, MT. Following interment a luncheon will be held back at the First Lutheran Church. Bell Mortuary is assisting with arrangements and condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, June 5th 2017
Glenn Flatt
MALTA-Glenn Flatt, 81, retired teacher and coach, passed away June 1, 2017 of heart failure, at St. James Hospital in Butte.
The family will receive friends at 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, June 6, at the Kirkwood Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Malta High School Gymnasium. Memorials may be sent to the Mustang Foundation, Box 670 Malta, MT 59538 or The Little White Church in Malta. Glenn would be honored if you wore Mustang Blue on Wednesday. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.
Tuesday, May 30th 2017
Berniece B. Simmons
Berniece B. Simmons, 81, died in peace, May 21, 2017 at her home in Saint Marie. She was born Berniece Brister in Vaughn, Mississippi, October 4, 1935 to Buford Morris and Lucille Brister. She was preceded in death by her parents, her three sisters and three brothers, of whom she was the youngest daughter. She was especially fond of her father, who doted on his youngest daughter through the hard times following the Great Depression. Stricken by tuberculosis at age 11, she was nursed to health by her maternal Aunt Mamie, whom she loved dearly. Unable to finish school, she spent her life learning and on July 13, 1983 she received her G.E.D. while in New Orleans.

In the early 1950’s she moved to New Orleans, following her oldest sister, Bell. Her first job was with McCrory’s five and dime on Canal Street. She was married in New Orleans for 18 years before divorce to John R. Simmons, Jr., (b. 9/01/1933, Carthage, MS), who she met through his beloved mother Marie. Of their marriage issued three children and three grandchildren: son, John Keith Simmons; daughter, Deborah Lynette Flores, grandson William Rogers Flores; son, Darwin Clay Simmons, grandson, Devin Alexander Simmons (d. 2007) and Franklin Simmons.

She had a love of the mountains and when opportunity arose followed her dream, left all she knew behind and moved near friends in Livingston, MT. With the help of her son Keith, she arrived August 1989. She was an avid trail hiker into her 70’s and loved to photograph her adventures and tell of the beauty she had seen.

She retired in 2010 at 75 after many years of hard work as a motel desk clerk in Livingston, where she leaves many fine friends and many who knew her for her warmth and kindness. She and her son from New Orleans, arrived in Saint Marie within days of each other just before the snows of 2010-11. She enjoyed her retirement feeding the wild common birds all year and every passing animal, wild and domestic could depend on her kindness. It was her great joy. She loved to keep a beautiful garden. Life was the music in her heart.

She enjoyed beyond measure daily telephoning and e-mailing her friends and relatives near and far. Without their kind friendship, her life would not have been as joyous. She loved them all.

She was an avid reader and spiritual seeker. Her life was devoted to knowing God and His Plan and she grew daily in knowledge and wisdom. She always strove to be an example of God’s Love and to inspire everyone she knew. Her Christian inspirations and devotions were to Mother Mary, St. Michael, St. Therese Lisieux, St. Francis Assisi and St. Pio.

Prayers and Masses are much appreciated. Services will be private. Condolences can be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Friday, May 26th 2017
Virginia W. Plouffe
Virginia W. Plouffe age 94, of Wolf Point, MT passed away on May 25, 2017 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, MT. Virginia was born August 21, 1922, fifty-four miles north of Malta, MT on the family homestead. She was the youngest of ten children born to Loretta (Williams) Smith and Lee M. Smith. Virginia attended school in Lowrane and Loring then graduated from Malta High School and later in life attended some classes in Bozeman.

Virginia married John H. Plouffe on June 12, 1942 in Malta. They farmed east of Malta and in 1953 moved to Wolf Point and continued farming in Malta for several years. John passed away on December 20, 1989.

Virginia went to work at the Roosevelt County Clerk and Recorders office in 1963 and on January 1, 1971 she started her job as Roosevelt County Treasurer, retiring December 31, 1994. While Roosevelt County Treasurer she served two terms as president of the Montana State Treasurer Association and twelve years as chairperson for the Seven County Treasurers Association, she was appointed to a two-year term on the Board of Directors of MASBA.

The most important thing in her life was her family and friends who she loved dearly. Virginia’s hobbies were writing poetry and painting, when she was not playing cards.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; two sons, Jerry John and Dan Edward; seven sisters, two brothers and many nieces and nephews.

Virginia is survived by her daughter, Diana (Robert) Nygard of Fort Peck, MT; a daughter-in-law, Artie Plouffe of Findlay, OH; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wolf Point, MT. A luncheon will follow services at the church. Interment will follow the luncheon at the Malta City Cemetery in Malta, MT. Condolences may be made at bellmortuarymontana.com. Bell Mortuary is assisting with arrangements.

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