Eunice Marie (Estenson) Mattfeldt
Eunice Marie (Estenson) Mattfeldt, 84, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2020 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, Montana.
Eunice was born May 24, 1936 in Wheeler, Montana to Bert and Mabel Estenson. She was the third of five children raised on a farm north of Hinsdale, Montana. Eunice attended Hinsdale Public School where she graduated.
Eunice married her high school love, Jim Mattfeldt, October 13, 1956. Shortly after marriage, they moved to Wyoming to begin their life together. After their first child was born, they came back to Montana residing in Great Falls where they had 4 more children (rugrats). They chose to return to the Hinsdale area to raise their family on the same farm Eunice was raised. Jim and Eunice lived on the farm until retiring and building a home in town.
Eunice was an active member of Hinsdale Lutheran Church and enjoyed being a 4H leader for over 20 years. Eunice gave many years of service to Thingelstad’s Grocery Store and also enjoyed sharing memories from her early working years at the Hinsdale Newspaper. Eunice was always trying a new recipe from one of her many cookbooks. When she wasn’t cooking or baking, she was in her craft room. Eunice loved to sew, quilt, paint, woodwork, homemade card making, rubber stamping, needlework, and crochet, just to name a few. Eunice loved to make anything with and for everyone. Family reunions and get-togethers of any kind made Eunice feel complete, especially when a deck of cards was present.
Eunice had the largest of hearts, friends and all the children she babysat became family. She was called mom, grandma, aunt, and sister by many.
Eunice is survived by her husband of 64 years, Jim Mattfeldt; 5 children Myra (DJ) McLauchlin, Janet (Ron) Canen, Jamie (Jr.) Mix, Duane (Laurie) Mattfeldt and Jon (Diana) Mattfeldt; 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; brother Ralph Estenson; sister-in-law Betty Estenson; cousin Gloria Wessler; brothers-in-law Russ (Sweetie) Mattfeldt, Carl (Marlys) Mattfeldt, Bill (Jeanette) Mattfeldt, Swede Mattfeldt, and Brian Mattfeldt; sisters-in law Corlis (Bob) Huntsberger, and Sharron (Mike) McDunn, along with numerous nieces and nephews, friends and loved ones.
Eunice was greeted at Heaven’s Gates by her parents, Bert and Mabel Estenson; brothers Ed and Milton Estenson; sister Adeline Estenson; daughters-in-law Mary Mattfeldt and Cathy Mattfeldt; granddaughter Carrie Mattfeldt and sister-in-law Reene Mattfeldt.
Family will receive friends Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow, Montana.
Jeane E. MacDonald
Jeane E. MacDonald, 89, of Nashua, Montana passed away at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital October 24, 2020.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is planned for a later date. A full obituary will follow soon. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.
Francine (Vande Wiele) Jensen
Francine (Vande Wiele) Jensen, 87, of Hinsdale, Montana passed away October 23, 2020 at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Montana of natural causes.
Francine was born on July 18, 1933 in a cabin on Beaver Creek, west of Hinsdale, to Cyril and Mary (Martinetto) Vande Wiele. She was the youngest of six children and often boasted that she was delivered by her Aunt Elsie Bundus!! As there was only one boy in the family, Francine was fondly called “Frankie.”
Francine graduated from Hinsdale High School and shortly thereafter married Daniel Jensen. She was happy to be a stay-at-home mom raising their four children.
She was active in the Hinsdale Community and she loved her Lord. Francine’s talents were put to use giving piano lessons, decorating cakes, singing for weddings, funerals and community events, teaching Sunday School and helping around church. She was known as an “unofficial referee” for basketball games!! Her home was always open, friends and family could always have a cinnamon roll and a cup of coffee.
Preceding her in death are her parents; her husband; and several siblings.
Francine is survived by her children: Dean (Terrie) Jensen, Paul (Dorothy) Jensen, Carter (Kristi) Jensen and Kris (Tim) Braach; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Margie Elhardt; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be private family Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at the Hinsdale Lutheran Church in Hinsdale, Montana. Burial will be open to the public at 3:00 p.m., October 28, 2020 at Hillview Cemetery. The family requests that those attending to follow the county Covid -19 mandates. Memorials may be left in Francine’s name to the Hinsdale Ambulance Fund. Condolences may be left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.
Gerald Franklin Gwin
Gerald Franklin Gwin, 86, of Glasgow, Montana passed away at his home.
Gerald was born March 7, 1934 to Reed and Genevieve (O’ Reilly) Gwin in Williston, North Dakota.
Gerald is survived by his wife Regina Gwin and daughter Debra Collins.
No services are planned at this time, cremation has taken place and burial will take place in Eastern Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery in Miles City at a later date. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.
Edward Earl Reddick
Edward Earl Reddick, 91, of Glasgow, Montana, passed away Friday, October 16, 2020 at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital.
Ed was born on a farm south of Opheim on September 21, 1929, he was the third child of Harry and Florence (Wagner) Reddick. When he was six, the family moved to Opheim so he could attend school. In 1948, he and Freddie Letterman decided to join the Army, in Fort Ord California. After basic training, he attended typing school.
He was later transferred to Fort Riley, Kansas where he met the love of his life, Mary Pickett, from Junction City, Kansas. The couple was married June 11, 1950. During his time in the Army he was stationed in Korea and Okinawa. He was discharged January 1954.
The couple moved to Opheim, Montana, where he bartended for Turk and Alma Jean Williams at Turk’s and also worked for the Railroad. In 1959, Ed went to work for the Corp of Engineers at Fort Peck, first as a laborer for $1.99 an hour, later as a truck/heavy equipment operator. He said the strangest thing he ever had to do was dig a hole and bury a buffalo.
Ed and Mary had three children: Linda in 1951, Brian in 1956 and Bruce in 1962.
Ed bowled for years in Nashua. He was a devoted fan of basketball for the Nashua Porkies, the Opheim Viking and the Glasgow, Scotties – attending games for many years.
In 2019, he broke his hip and he wasn’t able to go any more. He really missed the people and games.
Ed was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary; his parents, Harry and Florence; sons, Brian and Bruce; brothers, Robert, Roy, Jerry and John Reddick; sisters Mary Taylor and Mabel Feldhusen and several nephews and nieces.
Ed is survived by his daughter, Linda; sister, Della Hallock; brother Don Reddick; several nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow. Graveside services are planned for Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., at the Highland Cemetery with Pastor Bonnie Novak officiating. A memorial service is planned for the spring.
Peggy Lynn Fullerton
Peggy Lynn Fullerton, 67, of Wolf Point, Montana passed away at the Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point, Montana. Peggy was born to Arthur L. and Grace (Shipp) Fullerton on February 4, 1953.
Services are pending at this time. Cremation has taken place. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.
Leon “Dewey” E. Doucette
Heaven gained the perfect person. Leon E Doucette “Dewey”, 85, of Fort Peck, Montana passed away October 10, 2020 from complications due to gallbladder surgery. Dewey was the light of our lives and an absolute angel in his family’s eyes. He was loyal, honest, loving, accepting and supportive. He was everything that we should strive to be in life. He loved his Red Sox, his Patriots and an ice-cold beer.
Dewey was born July 2, 1935 in Bucksport, Maine to Wilfred Doucette and Emeline Binette. He was the 2nd child of 5. After graduating high school, in 1954 he joined the United States Air Force. He spent 20 years defending this great country and retired in 1974. He served in South Carolina, Okinawa, Glasgow, Ramey Puerto Rico, and Great Falls Air Force Base.
Dewey met the love of his life, Gloria Fisher at the Glasgow Air Force Base while he was stationed there. They were married October 30, 1967. After retiring from the Air Force, Dewey and Gloria moved to Nashua, Montana. Dewey worked for the Nashua School District as a Custodian Technician and Bus Driver. He loved all of his “bus kids” like they were his own. Later he served the community in law enforcement. Dewey also spent his retirement years working for the Corps of Engineers as a security officer, the Valley County Sheriff’s Department as well as security in St. Marie. Dewey and Gloria were proud supporters of all the Nashua Porcupine’s sports. Dewey never felt complete unless he was working to occupy his time. In early 2000’s, Dewey and Gloria moved to Fort Peck where they lived until their passing.
Dewey is preceded in death by the love of his life, Gloria; parents Wilfred and Emeline; brothers, Richard and Wilfred; sister, Gail McCoy and mother-in-law Anne Fisher Schile. He was never the same and a piece of him was missing the day Gloria left us.
Dewey is survived by daughter Loretta Davis of Billings, MT; Mike (Suzanne) Doucette of Oak Glen, CA, and Melissa Todd of Helena, MT; five grandchildren: Jay (Brittainy) Doucette, Ashley (Adam) Erekson, Kyle Doucette, Kaleb (Sidney) Doucette, and Dylan Todd; nine great-grandchildren: Owen, Harper, Thea, Promise, Kiki, Braxtyn, Beckytt, Braezyn and Oliver; his brother, Paul Doucette of Newburgh, ME; brothers-in-law Dick (Jan) Fisher of Fort Benton, MT and Larry (Teresa) Fisher of Sun City, AZ; and his close friends Virgina Yeager, Judy Miller, Gloria Kountz and family.
Dewey knew no stranger and was everyone’s friend and encourager. His loss is felt by the communities of Nashua, Fort Peck and Glasgow.
Services are pending until Spring of 2021 due to the current COVID-19 virus. In his memory the family would appreciate you to go out and perform an act of kindness and help those in need. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.
We are thankful for all of the wonderful memories we have been able to share with Dewey and our hearts will always have a missing piece with him gone. We love you Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa and Friend.
Darrell Cole, age 88, of Glasgow, MT passed away October 13, 2020, surrounded by family.
Darrell was born in Havre, MT, February 6, 1932 to parents Forrest and Hilda Cole. He was raised in Glasgow with two brothers George and Dennis Cole. He graduated from Glasgow High School and was involved in basketball and football.
He married his childhood sweetheart Donna Moon on June 3, 1951. They raised three children; Douglas, Cheryl and Bruce. They built one of the first cabins at The Pines with family friends Roy & Ione Wetzel, Bob & Pat Baker, Jim & Mickie Hines. They spent many years enjoying the time there with family and friends until Donna's death in 1991.
Darrell considered himself blessed to spend his life with two wonderful women. In 1993, he met Lenora Harris and spent 27 years together until her death on September 9, 2020.
Darrell was a soft-spoken kind man, who never said a harsh word about anyone. He believed in enjoying life, that every day was a blessing, and approached life with a positive attitude.
He was a loving father, husband, son, uncle, and grandfather. Survivors are children: Doug Cole (Kris), Cheryl Larson, Bruce Cole (Bill). Grandchildren: Jeb Cole, Kelly Cole, Katie Vaughn, Shonda Larson, Logan Cole, Jade (Ryan) Creason. Great-grandchildren: Taylor Trathen, Harley Cooper, Noah Cooper, Aylah Vaughn, Eleanor Creason, Mattea Piersak, Tony Cole, and Braeden Cole.
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents Hilda and Forrest Cole, brothers George and Dennis Cole, wife Donna Cole and Lenora Harris.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Bell Mortuary with a private family burial in Highland Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Glasgow VFW at 4:00 p.m. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.
Cole F. Stump
Cole F. Stump, “Cole-Man”, “The Sun that Dances”, 29, passed away on Monday, October 12, 2020, in Billings. Wake services will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2020, and will continue until his funeral service, which will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020, all at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Box Elder. Burial will follow in the Duran Family Cemetery. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit Cole’s online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for his family at www.hollandbonine.com.
Jack Dix passed away the morning of October 6th, 2020 from complications of colon cancer. Jack was born April 11, 1936 to Glen and Clara (Britzman) Dix. He graduated from Glasgow High School in 1954.
He married Helen Demko on July 3rd, 1957. Two sons were born to this union. Jack lived a full and busy life. He was always on the go. We had only recently found this out, that Jack had participated in two years of High School Rodeo. In visiting with him about this, I know he had many great memories of this time and he still had a passion for rodeo, watching any and all rodeos that he could find on television. He was a member of the National Guard, he operated heavy equipment for Alan Stuber Construction. He drove truck for various owners, ending that career with owning his own truck and trailer. He worked at the Stockyards for many years. Farming and ranching was his life. He was an original member of Wittmayer Grazing. He farmed and ranched with son Gary, thinking he needed to work and be involved until the end. With son Robert, he pursued a passion for racehorses for many years. He had a gift of gab and was always part of an early morning coffee group. This was important for him. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren held a special place in his life.
He was preceded in death by wife Helen of 62 years. His parents and brother, Glen Jr. He is survived by his two sons, Gary (Janice) and Robert; grandchildren, Cody (Deon), Josh (Kayla), Jacob (Mc Kenna), Mychael, Cortney and Reese; great-grandsons Kade, Kase, and Jaxon.
At this time no services will be held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jack’s memory to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.
Tori Ann Arnold
Tori Ann Arnold passed away on October 3, 2020. She was born to Jerry Arnold and Gwyn Funk on November 11, 1992 in Glasgow, Montana. She grew up in Hinsdale with an older sister Kelcey Knaff and younger sister Teonna Funk. She graduated from Hinsdale High School in 2011.
On June 2, 2020 she and Travis Austin got engaged and planned to have their wedding in Medora, North Dakota. Tori loved to vacation there and looked for to it every year. She was head over heels for Travis and they made many great memories together as they were able to work side by side together on her family farm.
She was a hard worker and kept everyone on their toes. No one was going to slack with her around. She loved hunting, sheep, farming, most sports, and made an unforgettable impression on everyone who knew her.
Tori worked at Valley View Nursing Home before taking on farming on her family farm full time. She was loved by so many residents and family members from the nursing home. She worked beside her older sister Kelcey and staff would come to work excited to work the same shift as the “Arnold Sisters”. Tori’s hard work led her to love farming more and it all came natural to her. Up early every morning and worked late nights just to get things done. If she was up everyone in the house was up.
She is preceded in death by a grandparents/great-grandparents, Donna Roland, Carol Arnold, Maurice and Hattie Arnold, Irene Anderson, and stepsister Julia Funk.
She is survived by her dad Jerry (Debbie) Arnold, mother Gwyn (Steve) Funk; sisters Kelcey (Jake) Knaff, Teonna Funk; stepsisters Brady (Matt) Brooks, Megan (Dustin) Pankratz, grandparents Bob Roland, Art (Georgia) Arnold, Bill and Myrna Lauckner; nephews, Colt and Newt Knaff; step-nephews, Houston and Bridger Brooks, Cooper Wylie Augustis Pankratz. Other survivors include aunts, uncles and cousins: Will (Peggy) Lauckner with their three kids: Mykayla (Kobe, Renly, Brodi Saiz), Willy, Tyson Lauckner, Amber (Jim) Cummings with their two boys: Chase Sherman and James Cummings. As well as many amazing friends.
God gained another amazing angel who will keep him in line and tend to his flock. Even though she left us too early she lived her life to its fullest. We Love you and will be dearly missed. Fly High.
Family will receive friends Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Bell Mortuary, Funeral Service will be held Friday, October 9, 2020 11:00 a.m., at the Hinsdale Park. Bell Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com
Gene Scott Peterson
Gene Scott Peterson, 79, passed away on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at his home in Missoula surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 16, 1941, in Williston North Dakota, to Gordon H. and Eva Rae Peterson, joining two brothers Wayne and Allen. He attended Culbertson High School where he was Class and Band President, Salutatorian, Boy’s State representative, and football captain which included All Conference honors. He then moved to Minneapolis to attend radio school at Brown Institute. His radio career began at KFBB in Great Falls where he worked for a year as he attended the College of Great Falls. Gene then moved to Missoula in 1962 where he worked as a nighttime DJ for KGVO while attending the University of Montana and doing sales on the side. Around this time he was asked to quit school and become the program director for KGVO. While making a sales call at the FOX Theater, he met his future wife Rose Gallagher. The couple was married July 11, 1964. Daughter Pamela was born in 1966 and Kimberlee in 1967.
Gene’s positive attitude, endless energy and infectious smile were traits that carried him far in his career. He stood out to his employees as a one of a kind boss. Always shy of the spotlight, he would quickly deflect any personal recognition and always insist any success was a team effort. He bought KYLT AM/FM Radio in 1970. He sold it in 1982 staying on as GM. Due to default he got the station back in 1985 and sold it again in 1990. Along with the sale was a “none-compete” clause, so Gene started a consulting business, Peterson and Associates. In 1991, KTMF-TV came to Missoula and hired Gene to be their GM. He stayed there until 1997 when he was hired by Marathon Media to be the GM for radio, his true love, once again. Marathon Media sold to Clear Channel Communications in 2001. Gene remained GM at Clear Channel until he joined Learfield Communications in 2008 leading their Grizzly Sport Properties' sales team for the next two years. In approximately 2010, at his last full-time position, he was once again a general sales manager, this time for KECI-TV. Not one to sit around, Gene continued with part-time consulting, making sales calls until a month before he passed.
He was always willing to generously give of his time and talents in order to make Missoula a better place to live. His community involvement included Century Club Board of Directors and President (now known as the Grizzly Scholarship Association), President of Missoula Chamber of Commerce, Chair of St. Patrick Hospital’s Advisory Board, U of M President’s Council, YMCA Board of Directors, President of the Montana Broadcaster’s Association, and Montana Special Olympics’ Fundraising Committee. In addition, he volunteered as a coach for Little Grizzly Football and served on the UM stadium subcommittee, which was instrumental in securing funds to begin construction for what is now Washington Grizzly Stadium. He also joined with the Regional Urban Design Assistance Team that ultimately created the schematic design for the landscape and parks system along the Clark Fork River. It was Gene’s idea in the late 60’s to focus on University of Montana sports and create a statewide radio network. He pioneered the Grizzly Radio Network which allows Grizzly athletics to be heard in every corner of the state to this day. He also helped guide the creation of what is now considered one of the strongest Booster Clubs amongst NCAA Division I-AA Athletics.
Gene received many awards and honors, more than he felt he deserved. A few include Missoula Businessman of the Year, Ray Rocene Sportsman of the Year, the Jaycee Distinguished Service Award, and the Hugh O’Brian Youth Lifetime Achievement Award. As a highlight, his 50-year broadcast career culminated with his induction into the Montana Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in 2015. On June 19, 2015, Senator Steve Daines honored Gene as Montanan of the week. Not bad for a rock and roll DJ from Culbertson.
In his spare time Gene enjoyed golfing, hiking, reading, his annual vacations to Mexico, and gardening. He loved the many compliments he received on his prized tomatoes, cherished rose garden and meticulously manicured lawn. He rarely missed attending a University of Montana athletic event or any other occasion supporting someone he may know. But above all else, the most valuable time was spent with his four grandchildren. Whether it be caddying for disc golf, watching Loyola Ram football, sitting for endless hours at gymnastic competitions or traveling to Phoenix for track meets and basketball, these were by far his favorite moments.
Survivors include his wife Rose, Missoula; daughters Pam (Albert) Morales, Phoenix; Kim (Kevin) Sheehan, Missoula; brothers Wayne Peterson, Butte; Allen (Esther) Peterson, Culbertson; very special grandchildren Kevin and Lauren Sheehan and Jorden and Donovan Morales. Also survived by many in-laws, cousins, and loving nieces and nephews.
Memorials can be made in his name to the Montana Special Olympics or to the Jadyn Fred Foundation. At his request, there will be no formal services. A celebration of his life will be planned for 2021.
Gene was best described as a really good man and honest as the day is long. Throughout the years he forged numerous lifelong relationships; he was a mentor to many and a friend to all. As a DJ, he had a standard nightly sign off that is a fitting farewell, “It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice- so until tomorrow, you be the kind who's kind to someone- goodnight.”
Dale Arthur Dascher
Dale Arthur Dascher was born on New Year’s Day in 1923. He was born in Glasgow, Montana to Dan and Emma (Edwards) Dascher. He joined his sister, Esther and later, another sister, Lucine, joined them. They grew up on the homestead 15 miles SW of Opheim.
Dad and his sisters were home schooled, as their mother had a teaching degree.
In 1938, after being home schooled through 8th grade, the family moved to Glasgow so he and his sister could go to high school. He graduated from Glasgow High School in 1942.
On January 18, 1948, Dad married our Mom, Viola Florence Sylvester in Glasgow and began farming on his own, then purchasing the farmland on the north bench. Mom and Dad took over his parent’s farm, in Glasgow, in the fall of 1948 where they started their family. Susan was born first then Gary. Dad did a lot of custom farming, breaking up land, baling, and combining as well.
During the building of the second powerhouse at Fort Peck, he worked as a form builder and rod man. If there was a job that required someone small and willing to crawl into small spaces, they would say “Where’s Dale? He’ll do it!” After the powerhouse was built, he worked part time at the water treatment plant in Fort Peck, all while still farming.
Growing up in the 30’s, he learned to be resourceful. Nothing was thrown away and everything was repaired. He served on several board of directors, including the Historical Society and Farmer’s Union. He also drove bus for the Glasgow School District for 10 years. Dad’s greatest pride was his 1951 Chrysler Crown Imperial. In 2016, he moved to Valley View and while he was able, we would escape and go for Sunday drives in his 51.
As most of you know, he loved to dance. Mom and Dad squared danced for years! Mom made all their matching shirts and dresses. Many of those matching outfits were donated and to the “Dirty Shame Dancers” in Scobey.
Dad retired from farming the North bench in 1992 but kept the River bottom to keep him busy. After Mom passed away in 1998, Dad continued to dance whenever, wherever he could. He would dance every dance with anyone up until his early 90s. He loved to travel all over Montana, Canada, and North Dakota to attend fiddler jams and Norsk Hostfests. Even in the later years, when confined to a wheelchair, he would dance as he tapped his toes to the rhythm of the music. Cap Holter’s band was his all-time favorite.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Emma (Edwards) Dascher; his wife of 50 years, Viola; his sister, Esther (Dascher) Wetherbee; sister-in-law, Marcella (Sylvester) Elfring, and brother-in-law, Sam Sylvester
He is survived by his daughter, Sue and Dan Trythall of Kirkland WA; son, Gary and Donna Dascher of Glasgow; sister, Lucine (Lucy/Dolly) (Dascher) Farmer of Billings, grandchildren Josh and Kayla Dascher of Rochester, MN and Jeanelle Dascher of Las Vegas; great-grands Nathan and Abby Dascher of Rochester MN, Elle Dascher of Glasgow and Brantley Dascher of Las Vegas; nieces and nephews: Nancy (Wetherbee) Holmes, Dan Farmer, Heidi Farmer, Deb (Lon) Stratton, Dan Elfring, and Larry Elfring, Rocky (Sue) Sylvester, Tara Sylvester, Shawn (Tammy) Sylvester.
Family will receive friends from 3:00-5:00p.m., Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Bell Mortuary. Funeral services will be at 11:00a.m., Monday, October 5, 2020 at Bell Mortuary with Reverend Todd Wright officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.
Brenna Kay (Billingsley) Sundby
Brenna Kay (Billingsley) Sundby, April 25, 1976 - September 26, 2020
Brenna Kay (Billingsley) Sundby of Glasgow, Montana, passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at her home on the Billingsley Ranch, from complications of her 3 year battle with Ovarian Cancer.
Brenna was born in Glasgow, Montana, on April 25, 1976 to Barry and Martha (Jurich) Billingsley. She attended Glasgow schools and graduated from Glasgow High School class of 1994, where she met the love of her life, Wade O. Sundby. While in High School, Brenna loved to play in the band, and she excelled in the classroom. Her excitement in school led her to become a very passionate educator.
After graduation Brenna headed off to College, first at MSU Northern in Havre, Montana then the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana, where she earned her English teaching degree. She went on to earn her Master's degree from MSU-Northern. One of Brenna’s greatest passions was teaching and she went on to have life long friendships with many of her former students and staff. Brenna, not only taught students English curriculum, she also taught her students and colleagues how to be better people. Just recently a colleague reached out to Brenna to ask for advice about hope. Brenna’s response was:
“I've been making lists in my head of places I see hope. I've been trying to prioritize and pick the best examples. All of them boil down to people being nice to each other. Hope isn't found in rallies, mobs, or arenas as much as hope is found in individuals and small partnerships. Any hope found in a classroom, a gym, or a convention only comes from individuals being kind to each other...I will try to simplify it as much as possible: be nice. I see hope in people being nice to each other.” ~~Brenna K. Sundby
Brenna and Wade were married April 17th, 1999 at the Methodist Church in Glasgow, Montana. Together Brenna and Wade began their teaching career in Gallup, New Mexico, once the school year ended they came back home to Montana. They taught and lived in many rural Montana towns including Hinsdale, Absarokee, Fromberg, Big Timber, Plentywood and Saco before returning to Glasgow. Brenna and Wade loved living in these communities and supported the local sports teams, many of which Wade coached. They made many long lasting friendships wherever they lived.
Brenna loved spending her summers boating, swimming and camping, especially at Fort Peck Lake with her family and friends. She also enjoyed traveling, reading and writing.
Brenna is survived by her loving husband Wade O. Sundby of 21 years; parents Barry and Martha (Jurich) Billingsley; brothers, Christopher (Caroline) Billingsley and Evan Billingsley; mother-in-law, Linda Sundby; brother-in-law, Myles (Jennifer) Sundby; 3 nieces, 2 nephews, aunts, uncles, many cousins and numerous friends.
A celebration of Brenna’s life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 3rd at the Billingsley Ranch in Glasgow, Montana. Condolences for the family maybe left at bellmortuarymontana.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Brenna’s name can be made to the Glasgow High School Education Trust or the Pioneer Museum in Glasgow, Montana.
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