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Local Obituaries
Friday, October 22nd 2021

Dolores Joyce Edwards

Dolores Joyce Edwards of Glasgow, Montana, 91, died of natural causes on Friday, October 15, 2021, at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow.

Dolores was born in Malta, Montana on March 6, 1930, to Louis and Bessie (Mummy) Hershman. Dolores married Louis Roy Edwards in Salinas, Ca on March 14, 1948 while Roy was enlisted. The couple eventually made their home in Glasgow, Montana. Dolores was a homemaker and devoted herself to raising her four children; Gwendolyn, Debra, Gary and Michael.

Dolores worked as a nurse’s aide at Frances Mahon Deaconess hospital along with babysitting for others. She had a deep love for cats and took in many strays throughout her life. Dolores had a green thumb and grew beautiful roses along with various other types of flowers. She and Roy grew a large garden each year which they enjoyed the hobby, usually canning some for themselves but mostly enjoyed giving away to family and friends. Upon Roy's passing in 2006, Dolores moved into town living in her own house, Nemont Manor and eventually Valley View. Dolores appreciated humor in her life and will be remembered for her soft laugh and inappropriate one liners. Her family will forever reminisce about her adventures to town, bread making, beer battered walleye and her famous weather reports.

A special thank you to all of Dolores’ caregivers throughout the years, especially during her last few weeks to the FMDH ER staff and all the nurses and aides at Valley View that went out of their way to assure she was comfortable.

Dolores is preceded in death by her husband Roy Edwards; son Michael Edwards; parents Louis and Bessie Hershman; in-laws Delmar and Leta Edwards; siblings Orpha Edgern, Elva Cronkite, Dorotha Manley, Bertha Whitney, Hazel Newton and Beth Lefdahl. Surviving are her brother Louis “ Junior” Hershman; children Gwen (Steve) West Pueblo, CO, Debra (Dave) Bozeman, MT, Gary (Leisha) and daughter-in-law Carrie of Glasgow, MT; grandchildren Todd Holemeyer, Joyce (Tim) Ludwig, Jessica (Damon) Garcia, Dustin Edwards, Bonnie (Dirk) Markle, Amanda (Bodel) Edwards, Janel (Mike) Rittenhouse, Charlie (Lynne) Rang, Tyler (Casey) Edwards, and Erica (Josh) Ames; 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any local charity or the American Alzheimer's Association. No services are planned at this time. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Tuesday, October 19th 2021

Leah Rae (Hensrud) Tihista

Leah Rae (Hensrud) Tihista passed away on August 11, 2021, in Richland, Washington due to complications from a stroke. Known as “Lee-Ray” to family and friends she was born in Scobey, Montana in 1934. Her parents Ephraim and Audrey Hensrud were farmers near Flaxville, Montana before moving to the boom town of Wheeler, Montana where Ephraim worked on the construction of the Fort Peck Dam.

In 1940 the family moved to Nashua, Montana where her father opened a retail store known as “Gambles” with two partners. She graduated from Nashua High School in 1952 where she was active in many school-related activities including cheerleading, a talent that was passed onto her daughter and two granddaughters. She married Jerry Tihista in 1955 and after the birth of their first daughter, Pamela they relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Jerry attended broadcasting school. The family then relocated to Great Falls, Montana where Maia was born. She always spoke fondly of her years in Great Falls wishing she could return. In 1967 the family relocated to Washington State for a better job opportunity for Jerry. Though the marriage between Leah and Jerry did not survive, their friendship did. She then focused on a 30-year career with Boeing before retiring and moving to Orting, Washington.

Leah was an avid gardener, well-known animal lover and baker of the most irresistible cinnamon rolls God ever created.

Leah is survived by her daughters Pamela Tihista of Richland, Washington and Maia Tihista of Roselle, Illinois. She is also survived by her half-brother Tracy Tomich of Great Falls, Montana and niece Dixie Hensrud of Missoula, Montana; 5 grandchildren: Trevor Nolan of Richland, Washington, Katy Nolan of Seattle, Washington, Laney, Kamryn and Tarin Malloy, all of Roselle, Illinios.

Leah is preceded in death by her mother, Audrey; her father, Ephraim, and her brother Roland “Red” Hensrud.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on October 23 at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow, Montana. A gathering to follow at the Cottonwood Inn. In lieu of flowers she would be pleased if a donation was made in her name to any animal rescue organization. Bell Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements and condolences maybe left at bellmortuaryglasgow.com.

She will be greatly missed but knowing that she is at peace with the Lord should provide us all with some solace during this time of transition.

Tuesday, October 19th 2021

John Kolstad

Graveside services with Military Honors for John Kolstad will take place Friday, October 22, 11:00 a.m. at Highland Cemetery.

Monday, October 18th 2021

John R. Turner

A Memorial for John R. Turner will be held Saturday, October 23 at the Nashua Civic Center. All are welcome to the potluck luncheon starting at 2 p.m.

Friday, October 15th 2021

Devon Marie Thompson

Devon Marie Thompson passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

Devon was born on September 27, 2000 in Glasgow, Montana to Brandi Thompson and Gerry Brabeck, joining her older sister Jordan. Shortly after her birth, they moved to Bozeman but eventually settled in Glasgow. In 2008 Brandi remarried to Adam Johnson, and Adam adopted Devon and Jordan in 2009. The family was blessed with the birth of Kenee Rae in 2010, and Devon adored and doted on her younger sister. Devon grew up in Glasgow, spending much of her time with her grandparents, Dawn and Tom. She was extremely close to her sisters Kenee and Jordan, her cousin Keagan, and her younger brother, Kyler.

Devon grew up playing many sports, but her favorites were softball and hockey. After high school, she moved to Williston to play college softball. During this time she began to thrive and build confidence in her true self. She then moved to Spearfish to further her education. She spent 2 years there, before moving back to Glasgow in September of 2021. As she got older she developed a love for writing and poetry: beautiful words came to her naturally. She was a lover of all things, and was especially fond of her cat, Fig and dog, Mavis. She had the most infectious and unforgettable smile that paired perfectly with her sarcastic sense of humor. Devon had the biggest heart, and developed lifelong friendships that she valued fiercely.

Devon had a talent for athletics, but her true spirit came out in watching her bond with her family. Her love for her siblings was unmatched. She developed a whole new joy and purpose with the birth of her nephew, Kayge Carder. They had a beautiful bond, and she took great pride in being the best aunt. She often showed her immense affection through gifts and love.

Devon is survived by her parents Brandi Thompson (Nathan Dale), Adam (Amber) Johnson, and Gerry Brabeck; sisters, Jordan Thompson (Michael Uphues), Kenee Johnson, and Sadie Brabeck; brothers, Kyler Brabeck and Sterling Johnson; grandparents, Dawn Thompson, Gerry Brabeck Sr., Liz (Dayton) Cherney, and Wayne (Beverly) Johnson; great-grandmothers, Sharon Thompson and Mary Irwin; great-grandfather, Jerry McPherson, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her younger brother, Carder Johnson; her grandpa Tom Thompson; her great-grand parents, Kenny Thompson and Shirley McPherson; and a cousin, Brett Howard. Family will receive friends Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Bell Mortuary from 1-3 p.m. Services will be held on Monday, October 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Evangelical Church with Pastor Tom Fauth officiating, burial will following in Highland Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Elks Club. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Thursday, October 14th 2021

Kenneth Lorne Humphrey

Kenneth Lorne Humphrey, 70, died on September 25, 2021, in Glasgow, Montana. “Kenny” as his family called him, was born August 12, 1951. As a young boy, Ken’s mother, Doris, called him Kenner-babe. In 1957, his father, Lorne, moved the family from South Dakota to Valley County. Ken was the youngest of three siblings (sister Bonnie and brother Jim who lives in Sun City, Arizona.), “GHS Class of 59”.

As a young adult, Kenny was found flat track motorcycle racing with friends who called him Benny (Benny the Bullet). He was in the first GHS class to graduate from the “new” high school, in 1970. Ken served in the Navy, (squadron VS-41, Shamrocks) where he worked on injection seats of the S3 Viking jets.

He was known to cheer for the Vikings football team and to enjoy fishing. Additionally, Rock ‘n Roll with a slice of Waylon Jennings were always a big hit. Ken took great joy in Hot Rods and Harleys and was a member of the Road Angels Car Club. At that time friends called him “Ragged”.

Ken is survived by his forever friend and wife, Rose; two sons, Trent (Abby) of Big Timber, Montana and Tyler (Perlisha) of Lexington Park, Maryland; his grandchildren, Taylin, Trinlee, and Piper and stepsons, Troy, Dennis and Brian.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Ken from 5:00 – 9:00p.m. at Sam & Jeff’s in Glasgow, Montana Friday, October 15, 2021.

Thursday, October 14th 2021

Nora Joann Beard

Nora Joann Beard went home to her Lord and Savior on October 13, 2021. She was hospitalized after a brain aneurysm and was surrounded by family when she rejoined her beloved husband.

Joann was born to Ralph and Annalee in December 1940 in Chambersburg, PA. She married the love of her life, Barry Beard in 1958. Together, they raised three children.

Joann was instrumental in founding a church in Delaware with her husband before moving to Montana in June 1989. They ultimately settled in Glasgow where they founded Joy Fellowship Church.

Joann was passionate about music and played the piano beautifully, both at home and for the church.

She was devoted to her family, her friends and her faith with an incredible combination of strength, kindness and grace. She created precious memories, leaving behind a legacy of love.

Joann’s legacy will live on by helping burn and trauma victims, as well as women recovering from breast cancer surgeries, through her life-saving gift of skin graft donation.

Joann is predeceased by her parents, her husband Barry and infant son Shane.

She is survived by her children, Shawn Beard (Linda) of Glasgow, MT Sherri Lynn Homme' (George) of Selbyville, DE and Scott Beard (Stephanie) of Middletown, DE; grandchildren: Shannon Stirling of Firestone, CO, Shane Beard and Kyle Beard of Wilmington, DE; sisters: Donna Byers (Lynn) and Rita Dangler (Roy) both of Chambersburg, PA; sister-in-law Landa Konieczko (Dennis) of Erie, PA; several beloved nieces, nephews and many lifelong friends. She will be greatly missed by all.

On October 15, 2021, Joann will be laid to rest in Highland Cemetery next to her loving and devoted husband of 59 years. Pastor Mark Pearson will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital Attn: Inpatient Nursing Dept. 621 3rd Street South, Glasgow MT 59230 OR Joy Ministries, Inc. Benevolence Fund, 7020 Montana Hwy 24 South, Glasgow MT 5923, where they will be distributed to various mission outreaches.

Tuesday, October 12th 2021

Charlene Kaye Nelson Lamb Raymond

Charlene Kaye Nelson Lamb Raymond passed away peacefully in Helena, MT on September 27, 2021, surrounded by her loving family. It was a beautiful sunny Monday afternoon when she was welcomed into the waiting arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 67. She was beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother/Oma, sister, and friend. She will be truly missed.

Charlene was born in Glasgow, MT on September 2, 1954, to Eldon Charles and Leona Veronica (Vande Wiele) Nelson. She grew up in Hinsdale, MT where her dad owned the Texaco gas station. She attended Hinsdale School, where she created and continued to have many lifelong friends.

On August 6, 1971, she married Ric Lamb of Saco, MT. They were married for 29 years. Together they raised four wonderful sons: Travis, Jason, Justin, and Landon. She wanted everyone to know that she loved her boys more than life itself. Charlene never missed a concert or play in which her boys were involved. She was always on a sideline or in a wrestling gym cheering them on throughout their entire sporting careers. "They are my best work in life," she said.

Charlene married Dennis Raymond on November 2, 2006, in Kalispell, MT. Dennis brought two children to this union; Stacy and Bryan.

Charlene spent many years serving her communities. She was an EMT for more than 22 years with the Hinsdale and Phillips County Ambulance Service. She later became the coordinator of the Phillips County Ambulance Service and worked with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, learning new curriculum, and then teaching it to outlying communities within the state.

Anyone that met Charlene knew that she loved her Lord. She did her best to teach her boys, their wives, and grandchildren to love the Lord and that family is the most important thing on earth. Charlene also loved music, dancing, playing cards and animals.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis of Toston, children Travis (Lizette) Lamb of Hinsdale, Jason (Janelle) Lamb of Sidney, MT, Justin (Gina) Lamb of Malta, and Landon (Janina) Lamb of Townsend, MT; Grandchildren, Madison and Chloe Lamb, Joshua and Emily Carrillo and Thomas Carberry III; Mercedes and Tristan Lamb; Gerome, Jalen, Justine, and Giona Lamb; and Jadon, Connor, Sophia, and Annaliya Lamb. She is also survived by brother Ron (Deb) Nelson of Paris, TN; sister Norine (Jim) Rice of Helena, MT; numerous nephews and nieces.

Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Celebration of Life for Charlene will be held at Trailhead Christian Fellowship Church on Saturday October 9, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. There will a graveside service at the Hinsdale Cemetery on October 16, 2021, at 11:00 am.

Tuesday, October 12th 2021

Linda C. Kindopp

Linda C. Kindopp, 72, of Glasgow, Montana passed away in her sleep in the very early morning on Saturday, October 9, 2021 after several years of health issues and disability.

The family will receive friends at 7:00p.m. Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Bell Mortuary. The family will also receive friends at 7:00p.m., Thursday, October 21, 2021 at Fulkerson Funeral Home in Sidney, Montana. Condolences may be left at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, October 11th 2021

Arden L. Grady

Arden L. Grady, age 79, passed away in Glasgow, Montana at Valley View Home on September 30, 2021.

He was born May 21, 1942, to Philip and Florence (Downing) Grady. He attended Snake Creek School and graduated from Hinsdale High school. Arden served in the Army. He returned to Hinsdale in 1967.

Arden liked to drink coffee and visit with friends. He loved to talk about horses and his dogs from his time in the military. Arden enjoyed playing bingo and cards.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister (Phyllis), two brothers, (Vaughn) and (Mike).
Survived by sisters, Valerie Corey, and Sheila Grady; nephews, Brandon Corey (Kirstie), Shannon Corey, and Ryley Grady and niece, Billie Grady (Randy).

A graveside service will 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the Grady Family Cemetery north of Hinsdale, Montana. Condolences may be left for the family at bellmortuarymontana.com.

Monday, October 11th 2021

Vern Turner

There will be a graveside service for Vern Turner on Saturday, October 16th at 2:00pm at the Nashua Cemetery. In case of poor weather, the service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church (formerly Bergies). Reception following at Grace Lutheran Church.

Wednesday, October 6th 2021

Robert (Rob) Charles Romo

Robert (Rob) Charles Romo was born in the early morning of March 22, 1963 to Charles and Shelley (Irish) Romo in the Middle of Nowhere, Glasgow, MT and passed away on September 19, 2021 in Kennewick WA after a hard fought battle against Covid. Rob was the first son and third child, with 2 older sisters, Valarie Ann and Teresa Jo, and 2 younger brothers, Randall Paul and Timothy Day. He was in a hurry to come and get life started as he was an inquisitive and mischievous child from the very beginning. Even climbing the windmill when he was 3 years old as he sang “going to the sky”. All five children were raised on the family farm south of Saco, Montana.

Although he had asthma from the time he was very small, he loved being on the farm with the dogs, horses and other animals. When he was a teenager he would often take his mother’s horse, Sunny, for a ride. If fact, one time his mother was frustrated with how Sunny was misbehaving whenever she would try to rope a calf, as they were working cattle. Rob’s comment was “Huh! He was just fine as I roped the porcupine the other day.”

As a 5th grader he would spend his free time in class reading encyclopedias which helped him to develop an interest in anything mechanical and history leading to his love of old cars and motorcycles, especially Harley’s.

He joined the National Guard along with his brother, Randy, when they were juniors in high school. Coming back with a greater understanding of working with others and how to eat.

Rob was never limited with his choice of job opportunities. He had a multitude of talents which helped him secure jobs such as working on the farm with his dad and brothers, doing many different jobs from driving truck, harvesting, planting and welding (his dad said he was a “better wirefeed welder than I am”). He spent many years driving truck with Jay and Carolyn Yeska hauling livestock and grain, working in a refinery in Minnesota, then on to Umatilla, Oregon to work at the depot destroying chlorine and saran gas munitions. He then moved to Kennewick, Washington and worked at the Hanford site in a variety of positions.

In his younger years after going to radio school he accepted a job at KMMR in Malta, Montana as a radio announcer. It was during this time that on his mother’s birthday he announced it was her birthday but could not say how old she was but, she was the reason Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.

One of his favorite pastimes was to go bird hunting with his dog Sadie and his cousins Kevin, Lori and Clint Irish and friend Rocky Christianson.

Rob is proceeded in death by his paternal grandparents, Walter and Julia Romo, his maternal grandparents, Arleynn and Ida Irish.

Rob is survived by his parents Charles and Shelley Romo, Glasgow, MT. Sisters Valarie (Ken) Westfall, Nephi, UT and Teresa Romo, Wolf Point, MT. Brothers Randall (Patricia) Romo, Woodbridge, VA and Timothy (Ramona) Romo, Helena, MT. He leaves behind 14 nieces and nephews as well as 15 great nieces and nephews. As well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. And last but not least, all of his bike riding friends in Kennewick, WA.

Graveside services will be held at the Saco Grandview Cemetery Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 10:00a.m.

Monday, October 4th 2021

Ruby Ione Eliason

Ruby Ione Eliason, 93, passed away October 2, 2021 at her Prairie Ridge home.

Ruby was born February 9, 1928 to Louis and Pearl Johnson. She grew up on the homestead north of Frazer with two sisters, Opal and Ruth. The family later moved into Frazer where she graduated from high school and attended beauty school in Minneapolis with her life-long friend, Dorothy. There are many tales that could be told about their time there.

She returned to Frazer and on March 25, 1949 married the love of her life, Harley Eliason. Together they raised four children in Frazer. She was a working mother and a devoted farm wife. Many meals were taken to the field and eaten in the shade of a grain truck. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Frazer and active in Choir and Ladies Aide.

Harley and Ruby loved to travel and were blessed with many trips that included family and friends. In the mid 1970’s they moved to Glasgow where she was a member of First Lutheran Church and active in choir and enjoyed Wednesday quilting. She was a member of the Hospital Guild and loved working in the gift shop.

At least two months of every summer were spent at Flathead Lake: relaxing, fishing and having time with the kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.

She was a playground aide at Southside School for several years. She was tough but always remembered her school kids.

On August 28, 2017, Ruby moved to Prairie Ridge Village. She spent many hours playing cards with her neighbor, participating in classes and other activities. To the staff at Prairie Ridge, words cannot express our gratitude for your care of our Mom and the support and love in her final days.

She is survived by three children: Virginia (Trex) Redstone of Fort Peck, Montana, Ruth (Leon) Garfield of Duck Creek, Montana and Michael (Michelle) of Glasgow; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly.

Preceding her in death are her husband, Harley; her son, Mark; granddaughter, Tracy and her sisters, Opal and Ruth.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 8, 2021 at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow, Montana with Pastor Scott Kiehn officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery.

Friday, October 1st 2021

Dewayne Ozark

Dewayne Ozark, age 63 of Glasgow, passed way at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings on Friday, October 1st, 2021. Services are pending at this time.

Friday, September 24th 2021

Constance (Connie) Terry

Constance (Connie) Terry left this world on the evening of September 22, 2021 at home and surrounded by her family. Her passing was peaceful. Those that knew her were blessed and she will be forever missed.

Connie Terry first blessed this world in the early morning of July 17, 1926. She was the second child of Frank Arthur and Marjorie (Frow) Whitmus. The family later increased in size to a total of 11 children. The family farmed the homestead near Vida, Montana. They were a family of the depression. Poor in cash but rich in love. Connie loved that time growing up on the farm with her parents and the lively crew of brothers and sisters. They were full of mischief, laughter, and life.

Connie graduated from Circle High School and went on to work in Wolf Point. As an employee of First State Bank in Wolf Point she met and married Peyton H. Terry in 1950. A team to be reckoned with was formed. They worked together in all aspects of their lives. Peyton was the mover and shaker and Connie was the anchor that kept the family organized and together. Early in their marriage they relocated from Wolf Point to Glasgow, MT. In Glasgow, Connie and Peyton owned Terry Chevrolet Buick, the Servant Theater (later named Terry’s II Theater), two Drive-in Theaters and a video store. Connie kept the books for all of the businesses, and everything had to balance to the penny.
Connie and Peyton had three children Cheryl, Paula, and Joel. Losing Joel as a young adult was heartbreaking for a woman that valued and lived for her family.

Connie was a great cook, seamstress, mother, daughter, and sister. Over the years she made over 50 quilts to give away to the employees, nieces, and nephews when they had milestones in their lives. She loved to dance, laugh, the Utah Jazz, her neighbors, blackberry brandy, her children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, and a multitude of caregivers that assisted her the last 18 months of her life.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents, brother Lloyd, sister Helen, husband Peyton, and son Joel. She is survived by her daughters Cheryl and Paula, her grandchildren Keeton, Teagan, Isabella, Rose and Elizabeth and one dear great grandchild, Tylee Marie. She has numerous nieces and nephews as well as her caregivers that she valued as if they were her own.

Services will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at Grace United Methodist Church, 1935 Avenue B, in Billings, MT at 11:00 a.m. with a light lunch to follow afterwards. Masks are required with contact tracing at the Church also. Live streaming will be available for those that are unable to attend but want to celebrate Connie’s life at the following website (https://www.graceumcbillings.org). Memorials can be made to Milk River Activity Center (Glasgow, MT) or an organization of your choice.