Bunny Lynn Miller
Bunny Lynn Miller, 65, of Deer Lodge passed away on Saturday morning July 14, 2018 at St. Patrick Hospital. She was born April 5, 1953 in Barstow, Calif. on the Marine Base, the daughter of Glee “Smokey” Depee and Vivienne Depee.
She was a logger’s daughter raised in western Montana and graduated from Stevensville High School. In high school she was a member of the drill team as a baton twirler and participated in track. She played competitive fast pitch softball and truly enjoyed competing.
She married John Miller on June 24, 1971. Even though she was a city girl, she learned a lot about ranching and ranched with her husband, John. They ranched at multiple places around Stevensville until 1987 when they purchased a ranch at Glen. In October 1990, they sold the ranch in Glen and moved back to Stevensville to ranch. They stayed in Stevensville until the spring of 1998 and they moved down to Leadore to start a career of managing ranches.
Bunny really enjoyed working side by side with her husband on the ranch feeding, doctoring, haying and fixing fences and operating equipment. She also spent several summers working as the ditch rider up the Burnt Fork.
In 2008, they retired from managing ranches and moved to Deer Lodge to be closer to family and to chase their grandkids. She enjoyed fishing, camping, playing cards and making preserves. She was most comfortable in jeans or coveralls and working outside. She had a very kind heart, was always willing to help another out and she was always a fan of the underdog.
She is survived by her husband John Miller, her mother Vivienne Depee, her children, David Miller and his wife Candice and their two children Tennyson and Emmy, Andy Miller and his three children Alivia, Miranda and Sierra and her daughter Estella, Donald Miller and his two children Max and Mayvee, and Sarah Miller and her husband Jon Cantor, her sisters and brothers- Julie and Greg Ransier, Deb and Allen Ransier, Mike and Leslie Depee, Patty and Ken Billings, Jim and Rita Depee and Teresa and Mark Stricklin and many nieces and nephews that she loved.
She is preceded in death by her dad Glee “Smokey” Depee.
There will be a visitation from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday July 27 at Whitesitt Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held on July 28, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Galilee Baptist Church at 208 Higgins Lane, Stevensville. A graveside service will be held at Maplewood Cemetery and a reception will follow at the Galilee Baptist Church. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.
Helen Frances Roberts
Helen Frances Roberts, 89 of Deer Lodge, surrounded by her loving family, went to be with her heavenly father on Sunday, July 15, 2018.
Helen was born in Starkweather, N.D. at home on the farm, on October 16, 1928. She was baptized at home by the priest and was the second of six children. She married Elden Roberts in 1948 and was blessed with seven children of her own.
Helen attended a small country school through eighth grade, started her nursing career in 1960, received her GED in 1967 and went on to earn her LPN License in 1968. She retired from Powell County Memorial Hospital in 1993, three months later she went to work at the Deer Lodge Clinic and retired from there in 2007. Still wanting to help others, she went to work at the Colonial Manor. She was a nurse for 54 years and spent most of her life caring for others and enjoyed every minute of it.
Helen also enjoyed reading, crocheting, traveling to different places, going for rides and spending time with family. Every Thursday Helen would have her hair styled by her daughter Debbie. No matter where she was, every Saturday evening, Helen could be found at the nearest Catholic Church praying for others. Most Sundays you would find her at Donald and Lila’s home enjoying breakfast. In her final year, her grandson Cody Mitchell enjoyed taking care of his grandma by cooking her breakfast everyday and doing her laundry.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Joseph Gangl, brothers Wilfred, Frank and Robert Gangl, daughter Susan Roberts and grandson Jacob Roberts. She is survived by sons, Daniel (Toni) Roberts of Saratoga, Wyo., David Roberts of Missoula, Donald (Lila) Roberts, Duane (Nicky) Roberts, and daughters Kathy Mitchell and Debbie (Jerry) Persons all of Deer Lodge, sister Julia Hutchison, Deer Lodge, brother Albert (Dorothy) Gangl of Kingfisher, Okla., sister-in-law Sharon Gangl of Deer Lodge, and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and close family friends. Helen was loved by everyone.
Services were held at the Catholic Church in Deer Lodge at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 21, followed by a luncheon and then the burial at 2 p.m. at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Viewing was Friday, July 20, starting at noon at Jewell Funeral Home in Deer Lodge.
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