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R.D. “Tag” Markle
Saturday, October 18th 2014
NAME: R.D. “Tag” Markle
AGE: 89
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Thursday – October 16, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana
SERVICE: Private services are planned for a later date.
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT

R.D. “Tag” Markle, age 89, passed away on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.

Tag was born in Glasgow to Thomas and Florence Markle on November 23, 1924. After graduating from Glasgow, he attended Kemper Military School before serving in the Army. For three years he was in the Medical Corp in Hawaii. After being released he attended the University of Montana. There he met his wife, Kae Lythgoe. Upon graduation he and his wife returned to Glasgow where he joined the family’s business. Tag and his brothers, O.E. an C.D., took over the business from their father. He was manager of the hardware store until his retirement in the 80’s.

Tag was president of the Jaycees, Kiwanis, and the Sunnyside Golf Course. He served on the board of Valley View Foundation, the library, and Glasgow Beautification. He was a charter member of the Elks, Hospital Foundation, Luke’s 100, and more. He worked on the Food Bank for many years. He was an active member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.

Tag enjoyed hiking around Cherry Creek collecting rocks. He loved golf, traveling, having coffee with his good friends, and spending time with his children and their families.

Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers Walter, O.E., C.D., and a sister Blanche.

He is survived by his wife Kae Markle of Glasgow, four children; Debbie (Tee) Tyler of Salt Lake City, Utah, Jeff (Lori) Markle of Kennewick, Washington, Laurie (Jim) Benvenga of Sundance, Wyoming, and Lisa (Randy) Martin of Billings, Montana, and one sister-in-law, Lois Markle of Glasgow. They also had 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Markle Ambulance Fund or a charity of your choice.

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Nicholas Lee Kolstad
Thursday, October 16th 2014
Nicholas Lee Kolstad
Nicholas Lee Kolstad passed away October 14, 2014 from complications of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Nicholas Lee Kolstad was born June 22, 1992 to Darryl and Lori Kolstad. Nicholas attended school in Glasgow and graduated with honors in 2012. Nick had an awesome smile and a great sense of humor. He had an awesome sense of style and loved to shop at the buckle. Nick enjoyed playing on his computer and liked to order stuff. Nick was always quite a lady's man loving all women. Nick loved hunting and spotlighting with his best friend and brother, Chris. Nick and his mom spent countless hours together going for drives, watching TV, or just hanging out. Nick and his Dad enjoyed giving each other a bad time. Nick looked forward to Sunday dinner at Grandma and Grandpa's house because he liked spending time with his grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. Nick had a strong protective instinct over family. Nick will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

Survivors include his parents Darryl and Lori Kolstad and his brother and best friend Chris of Glasgow, grandparents Walt and Darlene Murch of Nashua, George Kolstad of Glasgow, uncles and aunts Dave and Deby Murch of Billings, Red and Connie Whitten of Nashua, Will and Peggy Lauckner of Nashua, Jim and Janet Black of Anaconda, Dean Kolstad of Great Falls, Randy and Carolyn Rees of Fort Peck, Gene and Ehrica Kolstad of Glasgow, cousins Jennifer McGormin, Heather Murch, Stephanie Murch, Amy Arneson, Adam Arneson, Michael Myrick, April Block, Krystal Cahill, Andy Whitten, Tyson Lauckner, Willy Lauckner, Mykayla Lauckner, Ashtyn Myrick, Blaine Myrick, Cade Myrick, Davyn Myrick, Keigan Sklorud, Kambryn Block, Chase Guttenberg, Aiden Cardwell, Charlie Gartside, Cassie Morgan, Angie Hays, Jimmy Black, Charles Rees, Shane Rees, Heather Rees, Jace Kolstad, Cailin Morgan, Laura Morgan, Andrew Ewan, Ashlyn Ewan, Reilly Rees, Maxwell Rees, and Westley Rees.

Special friends of Nick include Monica Garten, Cadence Younkin, Erica Simonson.

His service will be Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow with interment in the Highland Cemetery. Pallbearers are Michael Myrick, Blaine Myrick, Cade Myrick, Keigan Skolrud, Tyson Lauckner, Willy Lauckner, and Andy Whitten. Honorary Pallbearers are April Block, Krystal Cahill, Mykayla Lauckner, Anhtyn Myrick, and Davyn Myrick.
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Jerry J. Albus
Monday, October 13th 2014
NAME: Jerry J. Albus
AGE: 72
DATELINE: Saco, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Wednesday – October 8, 2014
CAUSE OF DEATH: Natural Causes
PLACE OF DEATH: Hi-Line Retirement Center in Malta, Montana
SERVICE: Tuesday – October 14, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Saco Lutheran Church in Saco, Montana
INTERMENT: Grandview Cemetery in Saco, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT


Jerry Joe Albus was born September 5, 1942 in Baraboo, Wisconsin to Emil and Betty (Hubbard) Albus.

Jerry attended all his school years in Saco and graduated with the class of 1960. He married Joan Beadle and they lived in Helena where Jerry was employed. They had a son Chad and later divorced.

Jerry married Helen "Cookie" Tafolla in Helena in 1964 (they later divorced). Jerry was employed by Pat Strong Motors (Volkswagen) and later by Pat Strong at Mid Mountain Sales where he worked on motorcycles and snowmobiles. He was known by many as "The Wrench" because he could get those motors running, no matter what the problem was. He rode in several snowmobile races and always placed high, if not the winner..

The family moved to Saco in 1973 and built a house on the Rielley Place... north of town. Jerry farmed and ran the Divide Repair business with his dad.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Emil and Betty, a sister, Judy, and grandson Spencer Costin.

He is survived by daughters Coleen Costin (David), Liane Albus; and sons Aaron Albus (Kirsten) and Chad Thompson, sister Sue Marshall, and grandsons: Landon, Jeremy,
Nate and Ben Costin, Brady and Chase Albus, and granddaughter Amber Thompson.

The funeral service will be held Tuesday, October 14, at the Saco Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. with burial fallowing at the Grandview Cemetery in Saco.

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Irene Wilson
Friday, October 10th 2014
Irene Wilson Age 95

Funeral Services for Irene Wilson of Scobey, MT will be Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11a.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Scobey, MT., with burial at the Scobey Cemetery.

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John Carl Neubauer
Thursday, October 9th 2014
NAME: John Carl Neubauer Age: 51
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana
SERVICE: Friday, October 10, 2014, 3p.m. at Bell Chapel in Glasgow, Montana
INTERMENT: Bismarck, North Dakota
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT

John Carl Neubauer
John Carl Neubauer, 51, was born May 17, 1963 at Minot, ND, 20 minutes after his twin brother, Jimmy, to Dave and Carol Neubauer, weighing only 3 lbs. 10 oz. at birth. He died of pneumonia October 7, 2014 in Glasgow at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.

He was baptized into the Lutheran faith by Pastor John Chambers in Minot.

He spent his earliest years with his parents and siblings, Kelly, Paul and Jimmy in Minot, Minneapolis and Billings. Then he began his life with other children with Down Syndrome and similar abilities, living in Boulder, Glendive, and Glasgow, Montana.

He's been cared for so lovingly by his staff at Warren Group Home and through Milk Rive Inc.

Although John was nonverbal, he showed his love and joy with many smiles, hugs and his own style of laughter, his love of music and his ownership of his own recliner and personal objects.

John is survived by and remembered with much love by his mom and stepfather, Carol and Albert Samuelson, Bismarck, siblings, Kelly Renee', Paul David and Keri, James Doyle and Kim Laske, Kristi and Vern Davich, nieces and nephews Anna and Nate Folk, Zachary, Jordan, Kathryn, Tanner and Christopher Neubauer and Kaytlin and Savanna Davich. Aunties and Uncles, Eunice Sanders, David and Beverly Nelson, Jim and Mary Nelson, Bernice Arsenault, Addy and Duane Vig, Ellie Neubauer and Julie and Kim Neubauer, also many loving cousins and his wonderful Glasgow family.

He was preceded in death by his dad, Dave, cousin Debra Clouse and grandparents, Carl and Olga Nelson and Paul and Alma Neubauer. The family prefers memorials to Milk River Inc. /Warren Group Home, Glasgow.

Blessed be his memory.

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Michael Lee Fassett
Thursday, October 9th 2014
NAME: Michael Lee Fassett Age: 61
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: October 4, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Casper, Wyoming
SERVICE: Monday, October 20, 2014, 11a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

Michael Lee Fassett
Michael Lee Fassett, age 61, passed away on Saturday, October 4, 2014 of cardiac arrest in Casper, Wyoming.

Michael was born on May 6, 1953 in Rolla, North Dakota, the son of Raymond and Mae (Olson) Fassett. He was raised in Rolla and came to Glasgow when he was 6 years old, graduating from Glasgow High School in 1972. He worked in Glasgow for Burlington Northern as a conductor.

He lived in Bismarck, Helena, and Casper. Mike worked in hotel maintenance in Helena and Casper. He enjoyed fishing, reading, barbequing, and playing pool. He especially liked to draw and was an artist.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Penny Erickson, Phyllis Mason, and Irvin Fassett.

Survivors include his sister Betty Vegge (Mel) of Glasgow, four children; Kevin Casterline of Billings, MT, Bridgette Peterson of Glasgow, Kyla Lohman of Choteau, MT, and Jake Fassett of Great Falls, and three brothers; Allen “Pete” (Linda) Fassett of Cut Bank, Clifford “Skip” (Roxie) Fassett of Glasgow, and Edward Johnson of Rolla, North Dakota.
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Leona Minnie Kienitz
Tuesday, October 7th 2014
MALTA/SACO-Leona Minnie Kienitz “Toots”, 97 went home to be with the lord on October 2, 2014 at the Grandview in Great Falls with her family by her side.

The family will receive friends at 7:30 P.M., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 at the Kirkwood Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, October 9 at the Malta Lutheran Church. Interment will be after the reception at the church, in the Grandview Cemetery in Saco at 2:00 P.M. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

Leona was born on June 24, 1917 to Otto and Lizzie (Prechel) Kienitz, Valleytown, Montana homesteaders. She spent most of her life with her family in Montana with the exception of a 15 year period in Bremerton Washington where she was employed at Payless Drug Store.

She was an avid gardener, seamstress and rug weaver. Leona and her family were very innovative and wove over 5,000 rugs from rags on a loom constructed by her father using scrap material. She lived her faith daily and was a lifetime member of the Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and beloved sister Luella and her dear friend Albert Flansaas who passed away in May of 2013.

She leaves to mourn her death, her long time personal friends, Art and Carolyn Folden; Albert’s family; several first and second cousins residing back east.

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Bennie K. “Ben” Albus
Sunday, October 5th 2014
NAME: Bennie K. “Ben” Albus
AGE: 92
DATELINE: Hinsdale, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Friday – October 3, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana
CAUSE OF DEATH; Natural
SERVICE: Thursday - October 9, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Hinsdale American Legion Hall in Hinsdale, Montana
INTERMENT: Hillview Cemetery in Hinsdale, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

Bennie Kenneth “Ben” Albus, age 92, passed away on Friday, October 3, 2014 at the Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow, Montana.

Bennie was born on November 13, 1921 in Saco, Montana, the son of Joseph and Regina (Bechtold) Albus. He moved with his family in 1928 to their current farm on the Saco Divide, Ben attended school in Hinsdale where he enjoyed playing football and basketball. He graduated from Hinsdale High School in 1940. After High School he worked in Washington D.C. for a year for the CCC, after which he moved back to Hinsdale and went to work on the family farm.

On June 28, 1945 Bennie married Erma Christensen in Saco, Montana. They lived on the family farm until 1981 when they moved into Hinsdale. Ben served on the Valley Electric Board for 36 years, the Cenex Board in Hinsdale for 30 years, and was active with the Assembly of God Church. His real passion was farming.

Bennie was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Regina, by two brothers; John R. Albus and Emil Albus, and by a great grandson Cole Albus.

Survivors include his son Loran (Sandi) Albus of Hinsdale, his daughters Ramona Doebler (Don) of Hinsdale and Nancy (Rory) Malnaa of Fromberg, Montana, five grandchildren; Eric (Robyn) Albus and Jared (Stacy) Albus of Hinsdale, Mandy Kassel (Zac) of North Pole, Alaska, Nathan and Ethan Malnaa of Fromberg, great-grandchildren Kyle Albus, Aiden Albus, Walker Albus, and Cooper Albus of Hinsdale, and Zaeya Kassel and Zahna Kassel, and many nieces and nephews.

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John David Egosque
Sunday, October 5th 2014
NAME: John David Egosque
AGE: 88
DATELINE: Nashua, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Saturday – October 4, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana
VIGIL SERVICE: Thursday – October 9, 2014 from 5 to 7 pm at the Bell Chapel in Glasgow, Montana
SERVICE: Friday – October 10, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church in Nashua, Montana
INTERMENT: Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT

Our Heavenly Father wrapped his loving arms around our wonderful husband, father and grandfather John David Egosque on Saturday October 4, 2014. John passed away at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital after a long struggle with numerous health issues that he had been fighting with for many years. John was 88 years young.

John was born on March 6, 1926 in Jordan Montana to Barney and Florence (Ingalls) Egosque. John attended a country school in Garfield County. In 1950 he married the love of his life Arlene Stohl. John worked numerous jobs in his life from construction, MDU, the Nashua Schoo l District and retiring from the Corp of Engineers as a heavy equipment operator in 1992. John spent 40 years of his life serving the town of Nashua; 11years as the Mayor and the other 29 years on the Nashua City Council. After his retirement from the Corps of Engineers he and Arlene traveled on numerous bus trips which took them to every state except for Hawaii and Alaska.

John was a very dedicated and loving father and husband. John finally decided to have his sister ask Arlene out for a date 66 years ago and married her, they celebrated 64 years of marriage in August 2014, and they made a perfect loving couple.

John loved his one and only daughter Pam with all his heart. He loved and was so proud of his wonderful grandchildren Danielle Bilbruck of Denver, CO, Tyler Bilbruck of Custer, SD and his soon to be new step grandson Brody Storm also of Custer, SD. John also very much loved his soon to be son-in-law Jeff
Storm. John loved all of his family, brothers and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

John enjoyed not only enjoyed his family but also he loved playing cards, gardening, fishing, hunting and horse shoe. He had a wonderful sense of humor that touched everyone. He always taught his daughter Pam and his grandchildren to "smile" thru good and bad. John brought a smile to everyone's face. John will be dearly missed by his family but we know now he is at peace.

John was preceded in his passing by his parents Barney and Florence, Brother Philip (Leo), Brother Russell (Gene), Sister Mildred (Milly).

Survivors of John are his wife Arlene of Nashua, daughter Pam and Fiance Jeff Storm of Custer, SD, granddaughter Danielle Bilbruck and significant other Joe Collins of Denver, CO, grandson Tyler Bilbruck and Fiance Sam Coenen, step grandson to be Brody Storm of Custer, SD, Sister Geraldine (Gerry) Crusch of Polson Mt and brother Donald (Donnie) Egosque of Miles City, Mt.

The family would like to thank all their family, friends, Pastor Bonnie and Pastor Dan, all the Doctors and the Nurses that took such wonderful care of John. It is truly amazing the care he received the month he was in the hospital. Thank you all.

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Donna Ann Yellow Hammer
Monday, September 29th 2014
NAME: Donna Ann Yellow Hammer Age: 52
DATELINE: Brockton, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Sunday, September 28, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Poplar Community Hospital in Poplar, Montana
VIGIL SERVICE: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in
Poplar, Montana
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, October 3, 2014, 10a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes
Catholic Church in Poplar, Montana
INTERMENT: Riverside Cemetery in Brockton, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT

Donna Ann Yellow Hammer
Donna Ann Yellow Hammer went into the hands of the Lord on September 28, 2014.

She was born in Poplar, Montana on May 9, 1962 to Ray and Susan Cheek. She grew up in Brockton and graduated from Brockton High School in 1981. Donna was active in basketball, and cheerleading. She was very friendly and outgoing and helped anyone that came to her for help. She loved her grandchildren and helped raise the first one, Charlie Johnnie Willa Yellow Hammer. At the time of her death she was working for Foster Home Licensing.

She loved to gamble, always going places where there were machines. Donna loved to tease and made people laugh. We will all miss her dearly.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Eriol Yellow Hammer. From this union they had three children; Misty Rose Yellow Hammer, Traci Dawn Yellow Hammer, and Myron James Yellow Hammer, four grandchildren; Charlie Yellow Hammer, Ryley Russell Jr., Zaccara Eder. She is also survived by her parents, two sisters; Charlene Cheek and Linda Melbourne, a brother Clifton Cheek, and brother-in-laws Brad Yellow Hammer (Becky Bird) and Ronald Yellow Hammer (Sandra), special cousins Joyce Parker, Theresa Sun Rhodes, Bonnie Gundlach, John and Gwen Clark, Doris Walking Eagle, and Connie Bird, special nieces; Mandy, Reisti, Jewell, Yolanda, and Stacy, special nephews Eric Sherman, Andrew, Sherman, John, James, Edmund, Tolly, Jason, Traggles, Michael, John, and many others that she loved dearly. Donna had many special cousins and nieces, too many to mention, who she cared about very much.

She was preceded in death by aunts Gladys Lewis, Rebecca Clark (a very special aunt whom she loved like a mother), Faye Bird, Wilma Melbourne, Uncle Calvin Melbourne, nephew Bronson Charboneau, Thomas Jerome, and a niece Johnnie McClammy.

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Michael “Mike” Louis Edwards
Sunday, September 28th 2014
NAME: Michael “Mike” Louis Edwards
AGE: 58
DATELINE: Glasgow, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Thursday – September 25, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Billings Clinic
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Saturday, November 1st, 2014 from 2:00 P.M to 5:00 P.M at the Elks Club in Glasgow, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary of Glasgow, MT

To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven. According to Mike, this was elk hunting season! With family and friends by his side, Mike made his peace with this world and was ready to go on his final hunting trip. He said “I’ve walked through the valley of the shadow of death already; it wasn’t a bad place, but piss poor elk country”. Per Mike’s wishes, no formal services will be held, however, he did want family and friends to gather for a celebration of life. He insisted it had to be after archery season.

Mike was born June 23, 1956 to Roy and Dolores Edwards in Glasgow, Montana. He was the youngest of his three siblings; Gwen, Debra and Gary. In 1982, Mike married Lisa Gauthier. To this union, a son, Tyler, and a daughter, Erica, were born. They later divorced. Mike married Carrie Nicol in 2012.

Many will remember Mike from his Glasgow Scottie days where he was well known for his football accomplishments, which included playing in the Montana East/West Shrine game. He was accepted to play football for the Eastern Montana College Yellowjackets, however, soon realized that college life was not for him. He went to work for BNSF in 1975 and worked as an engineer until 2012.

Mike loved to be outdoors. Whether it was hunting, fishing, boating, water skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, rodeoing, etc…you name it, Mike had likely tried it at one point in his life! Like any avid outdoorsman, Mike took pride in teaching his beliefs and practices of hunting and fishing to his children. Mike’s sense of humor will be missed. His off color jokes and calling things as he saw them were not always appropriate, but always seemed to get those around him rolling with laughter. A few of his favorite sayings were “Cowboy Up” and “Life isn’t fair”. In recent years, he also enjoyed having daily coffee and playing cards with the crew at the Oasis.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Roy Edwards. He is survived by his wife, Carrie; mother, Dolores Edwards; son, Tyler Edwards (Casey Johnston) ; daughter, Erica Edwards(fiancé Josh Ames); siblings, Gwen (Steve) Hoppe, Debra (Dave) Rang, Gary (Leisha) Edwards; nephews, Todd Holemeyer, Dustin Edwards, Charlie Rang and nieces, Joyce Ludwig, Jessica Garcia, Bonnie Markle, Janel Rittenhouse and Amanda Edwards.

His Celebration of Life service will be November 1, 2014 from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Elks Club in Glasgow, Montana.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Scottie Booster Club at Box 735 in Glasgow or any charity of your choice.

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Noreen E. Smith
Wednesday, September 24th 2014
NAME: Noreen E. Smith Age: 86
DATELINE: St. Marie, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Saturday, September 13, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana
SERVICE: A memorial bingo celebration Tuesday, September 30, 2014, from 1 – 5p.m. at the Glasgow
Senior Citizen Center in Glasgow, Montana
INTERMENT: Veterans Cemetery in Miles City, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT

The Aussie wants you to know that she did not pass away, she did not pass on and she did not pass over. She died.

And, indeed, she did. On Saturday evening, September 13, with every intention of polishing her finger nails and watching "Doc Martin" on PBS, Noreen Edith Smith, age 86, died from long-term complications of cancer at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow, Montana.

To most Americans, her accent gave her away. Noreen was born February 20, 1928, in Grenfell, New South Wales, Australia, to Kathleen (Kit) Eva (Chew), who sang regularly on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) radio, and to Harry Montague Potts, who was a bank manager, community leader and loved to bet on the horses.

Noreen was an only daughter with three brothers, Don, who is two years younger, and two brothers who were more than 12 years older than she and Don. When old enough to wonder about the significance of this gap, a young Noreen worriedly asked her mother, "What happened? Weren't you speaking to Dad?"

Known for her large repertoire of stories, jokes, songs and stride piano style, Noreen's acting and singing career began at age three on stage as a flower, a role quickly followed by a more nuanced performance as a cat singing on a fence.

Noreen recounted that as a young teen she rode her bike to the top of a hill to wave to the Spitfires flying overhead during World War II. When the Japanese bombed Darwin (in northern Australia), she and Don were sent from Sydney to live on farms in the countryside. The bombing, she recalled, also brought in American troops whose uniforms were spiffier than the Aussies and who doled out chocolate and nylons. They were touted, she said, as Over Dressed, Over Paid, Over Sexed and Over Here.

During high school, Noreen also starred in stage melodramas whose scripts she could still quote and went on to attend a finishing school, Meriden Ladies College. Years later, as adults, Noreen and Don toured the college grounds and found that the school had been re-named Meriden College, a name change that Don attributed to a fall from grace as a result of Noreen's attendance.

After graduation, Noreen held a number of secretarial positions, from the Australian Broadcasting Commission, where she often slipped rum into her boss's coffee cup, to the police force from 1958- 1964 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, then a protectorate of Australia. After office hours in PNG, Noreen wowed audiences of various clubs by singing pop songs and standards to a live band and by often playing piano at parties.

During the Vietnam War, American servicemen often spent R & R in Sydney, Australia and that is how Noreen met the love of her life, Harley Gail Smith, Jr. He let her know that he wasn't just an American; he was a Texan! Growing up in Texas, he was known as Gail. Noreen advised him that in macho Australia, it was best that he skip the Gail and introduce himself as Harley. Thirteen days later they were engaged.

Noreen and Harley were married in Pampa, Texas, Harley's hometown, on January 30, 1970. After Harley's tour of duty and retirement from the Air Force, they settled for a time near Wyong, Sydney, Australia, and later moved to the U.S. to live in Wolfforth and Lubbock, Texas.

Her Aussie background sometimes proved too exotic for Texans. One Texan asked her once to say something in Australian. Noreen reported that Harley quietly moved away with a smile to the other side of the room before she answered.

In 1992, Noreen and Harley moved to Montana and became founding members of the fledgling Saint Marie community, then a military retirement village, forged from the former Glasgow Air Force Base.

Shortly after their arrival, Harley, who had survived a brain tumor treated while in Australia, suffered a stroke and later died. Noreen's plan to sell everything and return to Australia in 2002 was stopped short when she was diagnosed with cancer. The intense doses of radiation she received saved her life but caused lingering health problems - all of which she met with aplomb and Aussie good humor.

Once, while viewing her heart on a monitor during a nuclear stress test, the medical team asked Noreen, then 83, to think of something that excited her. "You mean like Richard Gere?" she asked.

Playing nickel bingo on Tuesdays at the Glasgow Senior Center excited Noreen almost as much as Richard Gere. She delighted in picking cards with winning numbers -usually family birth dates plus "Jack Benny" (39), in selecting her lucky talisman - anything from a koala to the Geico Gecko - and settling in with her Bingo Buddies for a couple of hours of "competitive" bingo. Most of all, she enjoyed rousing on the caller John Dalby, threatening him with mob hits by the Gambino brothers if he didn't call her numbers.

Although Noreen in recent months hadn't been able to join her Bingo Buddies, she made her presence felt. From her hospital bed in Billings Clinic, she phoned Mr. Dalby to persuade him to bring back nickel bingo after it had lapsed for a while this past summer.

Noreen made a friend of everyone she met and brightened their day with her quips, cards and compliments. She adored her dog, her cat and her flower garden, which contains two decorative cranes named Niles and Frasier.

Noreen was preceded in death by her father Harry Montague Potts in 1959, by her mother Kathleen Eva Potts in 1976, and brothers, Norman Elmhirst Potts in 1995 and Gordon Arthur Potts in 1989. Her husband, Harley Gall Smith Jr. died July 30, 1993.

She is survived by her brother, Donald Edmund Potts, and his wife, Yvonne, of Umina Beach, New South Wales, Australia.

Noreen's wishes were to be cremated and interred with her husband Harley in the military cemetery at Miles City, Montana. Bell Mortuary in Glasgow is handling arrangements.

Noreen's Bingo Memorial will be held on September 30, 2014 from 1 - 5p.m. at the Glasgow Senior Citizens Center complete with Aussie tales, memories and prizes.

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Michael H. Thomas
Tuesday, September 23rd 2014
NAME: Michael H. Thomas Age: 70
DATELINE: Fort Kipp, Montana
DATE OF DEATH: Sunday, September 21, 2014
PLACE OF DEATH: Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana
SERVICE: Friday, September 26, 2014, 10a.m. at James Black Dog Community Hall in Fort
Kipp, Montana
INTERMENT: Fort Kipp Cemetery in Fort Kipp, Montana
MORTUARY IN CHARGE: Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, MT

Michael H. Thomas
Michael H. Thomas, age 70, passed away on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana.

Michael was born May 29, 1944 in Poplar, Montana to Boke Thomas of Fort Totten, North Dakota and Mercy White Bear of Fort Kipp, Montana. He graduated from Brockton High School and worked all of his life as a carpenter for Fort Peck Housing. He also drove bus for 24 years for the Brockton School and Headstart in Fort Kipp. He enjoyed spending time with his family and being outdoors. Michael was a pair of helping hands to those who needed it.

He was preceded in death by his parents Boke Thomas and Merch White Bear, his children Michael Thomas Jr. and Andrew Thomas, brothers Dino and Timothy Thomas, and a sister Sheryl.

Michael is survived by his wife Della Thomas of Fort Kipp, children Ida (Shane) Moran, Thomasine Thomas of Riverside, step-children Leslie Long Hair and Valerie Youpee, both of Fort Kipp, his raised children Ashten (Blaine) Vielle and Brennen Bets His Medicine of Fort Kipp, and all his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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