March 30th, 2016
Natalie “Tootsie” Hendricks
Jan. 25, 1931 - Mar. 21, 2016
Natalie “Tootsie” (Tomich) Hendricks, 85, passed away peacefully on March 21, 2016. Tootsie, the second of three children, was born January 25, 1931 to John and Donnie (Lean) Tomich. Tootsie was a proud graduate of the Butte High Class of 1950. She had a great love of Butte and that is where she met and married the love of her life. Tootsie married Donald Hendricks on Feb. 18, 1956. They began married life in Butte, but later moved to Deer Lodge where they raised their four children. Tootsie, an avid golfer, was a founding member of the Deer Lodge Country Club and a member and past president of the ladies golf association. She was active in the Serbian Orthodox Church, a member of Easter Star, worked with the Deer Lodge Hospital Auxiliary and in later years, proudly became a business woman selling Mary Kay Cosmetics. Tootsie loved to travel especially if it involved visiting her family. She traveled all over the US and visited at least seven foreign countries. Tootsie enjoyed her activities, her life, but nothing could compare with the most important thing to her - her love for family and friends. She was a selfless wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. No one met her without seeing her big beautiful smile; no one left her house hungry and everyone felt her love. If a successful, meaningful life is measured by what we leave behind in the hearts of others, Tootsie’s was more than successful.
Tootsie was preceded in death by her beloved parents and brother, Tom “Tucker” Tomich. She is survived by her “Sweetheart” of 60 years, Donald Hendricks of Deer Lodge; son, Tom (Cindy) Hendricks of Marysville, Wash.; son, Ken (Lori) Hendricks of Casper, Wyo.; son, Jim (Lisa) Hendricks of Allen, Tex.; daughter, Jill (Keith) Dixon of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sister, Joann (Ken) Finstad of Cut Bank; eight much loved granddaughters, two great-grandchildren, beloved nephews, nieces and cousins.
Services to be held at a later date.
March 16th, 2016
Judith Marie (Quinlan) Stevenson
Judith Marie (Quinlan) Stevenson, 75, passed away on January 23, 2016 in Green Valley, Ariz.
Judi was born on January 8, 1941 in Deer Lodge, to Bette J. and Thomas J. Quinlan. Her youth was spent on the family farm in the south Deer Lodge Valley. As an avid reader at a very young age, she named a 4-H lamb “Hotrod” after her favorite book. Determined to learn to drive early on at 12 or so, she gleefully practiced on the farm trucks and tractors tearing across open fields.
She received her education in the Deer Lodge schools, graduating from Powell County High School in 1959. That fall she enrolled in Missoula at The University of Montana with her sights set on a course study in pre-law. Academia proved unsatisfactory, and true to her head strong nature, along with a co-conspirator, she left college and Montana, ending up in Nevada waitressing at a truck stop. Returning to Montana in the summer of 1960, Judi married her Deer Lodge beau, Adrian (Steve) Stevenson, moving first to Chicago, Ill. and Columbus, Ind. and finally to Vashon Island, Wash. in 1972 where they settled with their daughter, Heide.
Throughout the years, Judi immersed herself in the study and practice of healing arts and philosophies - the Baha’i faith, Transcendental meditation, the Bowen technique, and achieved the status of Reiki Master giving comfort to many patients and aids patients. She also expressed herself through her exceptional and creative talents in weaving, cooking, gardening and decorating.
In 2007, Judi made a life change and moved to Green Valley, Ariz. to live out her remaining years. She is preceded in death by her former spouse (Adrian Stevenson) and is survived by her daughter Heide Stevenson, granddaughter Rachel Emery, sister Linda Quinlan and niece Quincie Albrecht.
In keeping with Judith’s request, no formal services are planned. Condolences may be sent to Heide Stevenson at 1118 U St NW, Auburn, WA 98001.
Karol A. (Monson) Charlson
Karol A. (Monson) Charlson, age 66, of Hysham, died March 5, 2016 in Hysham.
Karol was born on August 9, 1949 in Deer Lodge to Hans and Alta (Hoover) Monson. She attended grade school in Deer Lodge and graduated at Powell County High School in Deer Lodge in 1967. She then attended Helena School of Business for two years.
After attending school in Helena, Karol worked for Flint Creek Valley Bank in Phillipsburg, and then The U.S. Forest Service in Missoula.
On December 9, 1972 she married the love of her life Don Charlson in Deer Lodge. Don and Karol moved to Thermopolis, Wyo. where Don worked for the Bureau of Reclamation. They then moved to Billings, and then in 1975 moved to Hysham and have lived there since. Karol’s very first job after moving to Hysham was a teacher’s aide at Hysham Public Schools as well as substitute teaching. Following that Karol was employed by Mid-Yellowstone Electric, and then by Treasure County as a Deputy Assessor beginning in 1981. Karol started working for the State of Montana at the Department of Health and Human Services in Forsyth. Karol retired from working for the State of Montana in 2011 at the age of 62.
Karol was a member of many clubs including Women’s Club, Garden Club and Women’s Golf League. She was a Board member of the Rosebud Healthcare Center, “Friends and Family” and the Hysham Cemetery.
Karol enjoyed traveling, golfing, spending time on the beach and visiting family and friends. She also enjoyed playing cards. Karol and Don enjoyed traveling anytime the opportunity arose and making memories with their many friends.
Karol was preceded in death by her mother (Alta Monson), Stepmother (Betty Cook), father (Hans Monson), mother-in-law (Loretta Charlson), father-in-law (Everett Charlson), and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She is survived by Don Charlson (husband), Chet Monson (brother – Deer Lodge), Mary Gebhardt (aunt – Deer Lodge), Hollie Hoover (aunt – Deer Lodge), Larry Gebhardt Jr. (cousin – Great Falls), Shirley Gebhardt (cousin - Conrad), Rita McDonald (cousin – Wapato, Wash.), Lorean Newbrough (cousin - Sheridan, Wyo.), Clifford Van Blaircom (cousin - Northern California), Norma Erwin (cousin - Kingston, Wash.), Diana Blom (cousin - Poulsbo, Wash.), Amy Pomeroy and family (niece – Anchorage, Alaska), Joe Charlson and family (nephew – Belgrade), Wade Charlson (nephew – Grand Rapids, Mich.), Bob Charlson and family (brother-in-law – Highwood), and many other family members and friends.
In Lieu of Flowers, please consider a donation to The Friends and Family Charitable Organization at PO Box 957, Forsyth, MT 59327 or to a charity of your choice.
A Memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth, 245 Westwind Ln. Private burial will take place at a later date. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth is assisting the family with these arrangements and condolences may be sent by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.
March 09th, 2016
Rosemary (Rosie) Owens
Our dearly beloved mother, Rosemary (Rosie) Owens went home to the Lord Jesus on March 2, 2016. An Irish-German Catholic, Rosemary was a loving, feisty, beautiful, spirited, intelligent and compassionate woman, who lived her faith.
She was born, September 15, 1925, in Deer Lodge to Elsie and James Campbell. She married her sweetheart and the love of her life, Edward B. Owens in 1949. Together, they raised four children in Deer Lodge before moving to Spokane in 1976. Rosemary loved many things: Ed, her children, family gatherings, the outdoors, and shrimp, were at the top of her list. She planned frequent outings in the Montana countryside, where family, friends and neighbors gathered to picnic, berry pick and fish. She loved all weather, often stating ‘a little rain isn’t going to hurt you.’ When the sun was out, you’d see her enjoying the warmth of its rays.
Rosemary also was a talented seamstress, making the majority of her own clothes and those of her two daughters. Late in life she entered a quilt, for the first time, in the 2011 Washington State Quilt show. And, she was a great cook: we love your lemon meringue pie, mom! In their retirement, Rosemary and Ed enjoyed numerous trips across the west to visit relatives, often arriving unannounced. But Rosemary had a fondness for trains and she often talked about catching the train back to Deer Lodge, the pretty little town she loved, where the Meadowlark sing.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Edward Owens, her parents, Elsie and James, six siblings, Susan, Pearl, Douglas (Jim), Paul, Pauline and Johnny and granddaughter Jamie Lynn Owens.
Rosemary is survived by daughter Susan Heath (Santa Rosa, Calif.), sons Mark (Lisa) Owens (Vancouver, Wash.), Glenn (Sue) Owens (Spokane) and daughter Joan (Carl) Durkoop (Spokane), five grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, two great-grandsons, sister-in-law Catherine Owens (Deer Lodge), and numerous nieces and nephews – all who remembered her faithfully with cards and letters.
The family would like to give a special thank you to all of the angels at Guardian Angel Homes, Liberty Lake, who watched over our dear mother as if she were their own, with tremendous love, compassion and care. We also wish to thank mom’s longtime physician Dr. Keith Morton and nurse Linda, and Hospice of Spokane. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane. A memorial mass will be held at St. Charles Catholic Church in Spokane on Monday, March 14 at 11 a.m. with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane; a reception to follow. Condolences may be sent to Glenn Owens, PO Box 722, Liberty Lake, WA 99019.
Montana State Prison inmate Andrew Freeman died on Sunday March 6, 2016 at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula from an extended illness. He was 52 years old.
Mr. Freeman was sentenced out of Silver Bow County on December 13, 2012 for the crime of Driving Under the Influence- Fourth or Subsequent Offense, he received a term of 4 years. His discharge date was 03/31/16, he was eligible for parole on 4/01/13.
Ray Dean Johnston
Montana State Prison inmate Ray Dean Johnston died on Saturday March 5, 2016 from an extended illness. He was 64 years old.
Mr. Johnston was sentenced out of Missoula County on February 3, 1993 for the crime of Sexual Intercourse Without Consent, Burglary, Committed with Dangerous Weapon, and Persistent Felony Offender. He received a term of 40 years. His discharge date was 01/26/2031, he was not eligible for parole.
March 02nd, 2016
Betty Lou Doland
After several years of ill health Betty’s prayers have been answered. She is in the arms of her Lord. Betty passed away on February 25, 2016 at Deer Lodge Medical Center. She has finally found peace. She would have turned 93 years in April.
Betty was born Betty Luella Brown on April 18, 1923 in Sioux City, Iowa. Her parents, Luella Foster Brown and Oliver Verne Brown preceded her in death, as did her youngest brother, Bobbie Brown; sister-in-law, Lillian; two beloved granddaughters, Holly Doland and Debbie. Two sons also preceded her, Robert “Bob” Doland of Deer Lodge and Verne Doland of Canada as did her husband, Robert Doland, Sr.
Betty and Robert met in Bell, Calif. at an Easter Sunrise Service. They married in 1941 and had six sons. Bradley Doland (Mary Jo), Rogue River, Ore.; Stanley (Molly), missionaries now settled in Oklahoma City, Okla.; Gary (Rikki), Salem, Ore.; Brian (SueAnn), So. Oregon. Betty’s remaining sibling, brother Dick Brown, lives in Redding, Calif. She leaves several grandchildren great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and brothers and sisters-in-law. Also Beverly Doland (daughter-in-law), Deer Lodge, and her five children, the Warners and Zacks, their spouses and children. Betty has quite a large family who love her. She will be missed.
Besides raising six boys, no small feat, she worked as a school bus driver, meat cutter, sold Avon and co-owned and operated the Doland Dairy in Grants Pass, Ore., the city where she spent most of her adult life. She came to live in Deer Lodge in 2000. Betty was a talented artist and had a beautiful singing voice.
Her family is grateful for the care and friendship given Betty through the years at Beyond Home, Deer Lodge Center, and the comfort and respect given her in her final hours at the Deer Lodge Medical Center by Paula and Rod and staff will never be forgotten.
No service will be held at this time. Lee Jewell Funeral Home has seen to cremation.
Rest in peace, mom.
David Albert Edden
David Albert Edden was born in Helena on May 5, 1949 to George and Lois (Warburton) Edden. Dave died at St. Peters Hospital on February 13, 2016 with his wife and sister at his side.
He spent nearly all his life in Avon. As a youth he worked on some of the surrounding ranches. He often shared stories of working at the MacIntosh Ranch and how he loved to visit with Hattie as she shared stories of the early days on the ranch. He worked for Cominco American until it closed, then went to work for a friend, Gordon Burns building swimming pools and shooting gunite.
Dave loved camping, roaming, hunting and mining in “them thar” hills around Avon and Blackfoot City. He shared his love for the hills with his children. He especially liked working on the mining claims with his family and long-time friend Will Heierman.
Dave is preceded in death by his parents, George and Lois; brother George and sister Pat. He is survived by his wife Gloria, his siblings: Ann (Butch) Acord, Carolyn Bright, Steve (Barbara) Edden, Linda (Randy) Coty, Roberta Patrick (Jay) and Lewis (Rhonda) Patrick. His children: Marnie Kay (Ben) Lewis, Amber (Aaron) Graham, Allen (Kendra) Edden, Jim (Glenda) Edden and grandchildren: Aislinn, Danielle, Kimberly, Samantha, Natalie, Clayton, Leslie and Patricia, as well as two and a half step-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He also called Tyrell Malatar (who passed from this earth too soon), Heather (Scott) Morin and long-time family friend William Heierman his family.
We will celebrate Dave’s life this summer when it will be safer for his family and friends to travel.