Gloria Ann (Tillberg) Buck
Our “Sweet Little Ma” Gloria Ann (Tillberg) Buck stepped from time into eternity March 27, 2019. She was born January 11, 1927 to Paul and Sadie Tillberg in Haxtun, Colo. and was the oldest of eight children. Gloria spent her childhood in rural Colorado, surrounded by lots of families and especially her cousins.
When she was in high school the family moved to Northern Idaho where she played the clarinet, piano and loved to ice skate. After graduation she married her forever love, Don Buck and became a war bride. When he was stationed in Martha’s Vineyard she was able to spend some time there but then came back to Sandpoint to work and wait until the war was over. She was a part of the great generation that lived simply and had great values.
Their first son, Donald James died shortly after birth and they went on to have three more children: Ron (Mary) Buck of Helena, children Heather, Ronnie and Beth; Rick (Kim) Buck of Deer Lodge, children Rikki, Rhonda, Dawn and Sam; Jan (Dave) Bluford of Gold Creek, children Holly and Joleen, plus 30 great-grandchildren. Maybe it was losing their first child that mom spoiled us rotten. She used to say, “these kids are worth a million dollars.” Our dad would respond, “which one can we sell?”
In 1966 the family moved to Minnesota and lived on a small farm. Mom worked very hard and had beautiful gardens. She did a lot of canning and was a very good cook and baker. In 1970 they moved to Deer Lodge where mom was employed at the Registrar’s Office. It was a good fit for her and she really liked her job and the people she worked with.
After her husband’s death in 1982, mom stayed working and was blessed to have her children and grandchildren near. If she thought her kids were something, then her grandkids were something else. Grandma Buck’s was the place to go for lunch along with friends, and she never missed an activity that they were in.
She took each of her grandchildren on trips - Heather to Vancouver, BC; Rikki and Rhonda to the Black Hills; Ronnie and Sam to Seattle Mariner’s game; Holly and Dawn to Seattle and Vancouver; Beth and Joleen to Seaside, Ore. Lots of good memories for them.
After the grandkids all grew up mom stayed busy with her church, the Assembly of God, as a positive influence on Sunday school classes and nursery; she also volunteered at the grade school, library and manor.
Mom started having health problems and stayed two years at Shelby’s House in East Helena, where Heather kept her busy with great-grandkids activities.
Mom was able to move back to Deer Lodge last September to the Renaissance. She was very happy to be back home in Deer Lodge as she thought it was the best little town ever.
The last two weeks mom has been in the Deer Lodge hospital where she passed away. Her family would like to thank Shelby’s House, Renaissance and Deer Lodge Medical Center for their love and care.
Mom is preceeded in death by her parents Paul and Sadie Tillberg, sister Irma Ridley, brothers, Paul, John and Morris Tillberg, husband, Don Buck, son, Donald James and son-in-law, Joe Wohlers. She is survived by her three children, nine grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren, sister Mae (Walt) Burt of Sandpoint, brother Steve (Mauren) Tillberg of Sandpoint, brother Stan (Nancy) Tillberg of Spokane, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Mom’s faith and family were the most important things to her. She always had a beautiful smile and a special love for babies and children.
She lived life well.
Katherine Louise Doney Daniels, 71, of Helmville passed away March 28, 2019. She was born to parents William James Doney and Geraldine Geary Doney, December 9, 1947, in Deer Lodge. Kathy graduated from Helmville Elementary School in 1962 and Powell County High School in 1966. She was married to Paul Daniels in 1972. Kathy is survived by her husband Paul “Buck” Daniels of Helmville, her two children and their spouses Jodi and Scott Barger of Cascade, and Ty and Alyssa Daniels of Helmville, and her brother Allen and wife Debbie Doney of Hall. She is also survived by four grandchildren Riley, Jessy, and Alaina Barger and Wyatt Daniels and many other relatives and friends.
Kathy enjoyed waking up early every day to visit with her friends on the phone. She worked hard from sun up to sun down taking care of every person and animal around her. She had a special connection with a herd of bison that she managed with “Buck” on the Heart Bar Heart Ranch in Ovando for 26 years. Kathy enjoyed quilting and baking in her spare time. She will be remembered for her special laugh and beautiful smile, her support of all events throughout the Blackfoot Valley, her dedication to the Helmville Labor Day Rodeo, pride in her care of the Helmville Cemetery, her involvement with the Nevada Creek 4-H Club, but most of all for being the best Nana any grandchild could have wanted. Kathy was a friend to everyone. We will miss her dearly.
A Memorial Service for Kathy will be held at the St. Thomas Church in Helmville, Friday, April 12, 2019, at 11 a.m. A luncheon will be served following the memorial service at the Helmville Community Center. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Helmville Rodeo Club.
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