Elizabeth (Bette) Browning
Beloved mother and grandmother Elizabeth (Bette) Browning passed away on June 5, 2018. She was born on December 27, 1934 in North Platte, Nebr. and lived the first couple of years in a soddy in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. Her parents then moved to Deer Lodge.
She was very involved at Powell County High School, where she was a cheerleader and a majorette. She married Robert (Bob) Browning in 1952, and they had five girls, Kathy, Beverly, Mary, Doris and Judy. After Bob’s accident at the Cominco mine they moved to Billings. Dad attended business school and Mary attended the special education school at Eastern Montana College.
While her girls were growing up she worked at JC Pennys making custom drapes. When KMart came to Billings she worked in the jewelry department there and in Missoula until her retirement.
Mary passed away in 1993. Mom and dad raised her two children Samantha and Tony.
When Bob retired they were finally able to fulfill their life long dream to return to Deer Lodge. Mom was very active in the Deer Lodge Woman’s Club and the New to You store and loved playing bridge with a group of friends on a weekly basis. Mom also attended the Presbyterian Church where she made many close friends. Samantha lived next door to her grandmother and took care of her the past few years. Seeing and watching Samantha’s children grow gave her great pleasure.
She was proceeded in death by her husband Bob, daughter Mary Hill, her parents David and Florence Chessmore, brothers Bill (Lois), Bob, Kenny (Patti). She is survived by daughters Kathy (Glenn) Chaffey, Bev (Mark) Hilario, Doris (Tom) Olson, Judy (Kevin) Anderson, sister-in-law Irene Chessmore, brother-in-law Ray Browning, sister-in-law Mary Browning and sister-in law Eva Browning. Grandchildren Tony (Amanda) Browning, Samantha Henry, Jason (Jennifer) Chaffey, Sarah (Dennis) Pierce, Casse Chaffey, Tamara (Jim) Chaffey, Jesse Ryan, Rich (Angela) Ryan, Erin (Joe) Seelbaugh, Mark Hilario Jr., Robert (Misty) Strieb, and Angela Mitchell. She is also survived by 23 1/2 great-grandchildren.
Services were held on Saturday June 9 at 2 p.m., at the Presbyterian Church on the corner of 5th and Milwaukee in Deer Lodge.
Matthew Joseph Saville
Matthew Joseph Saville died May 28, 2018 at home in Deer Lodge. Matt was born Oct. 19, 1970 in Great Falls to Barbara and Ronald Saville. He was raised in Ft. Benton and attended school there.
Following his father’s footsteps, he joined the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman in 1988. Matt served in all three phases of the Gulf War processing and guarding Iraqi P.O.W.s. Returning home, through hard work and study Matt received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Montana State University in 1994.
In 1995 Matt began his career at Montana State Prison, a job he absolutely loved. In his 20 years there, Matt proved himself to be sure in word and deed. Matt won the respect of many on both sides of the badge, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. Matt was dedicated and loyal to the prison and its mission and proved it in ways large and small. He was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and honored many a fallen vet as a member of the Honor Guard. Matt further served his community as a Reserve Deputy with the Powell County Sheriff’s Office, giving much time and effort to help ensure public safety. Matt was involved in the 2nd Calvary Association and was a born too late Calvary trooper of the first order. In addition, Matt was quite a thespian and a member of the Deer Lodge Players.
Matt possessed a keen intellect and had many interests, a sure shot with any kind of firearm and a prolific reader. He was a student of history, and a Renaissance man. A man of many hats and badges, he was truly one of a kind. He is survived by wife of 25 years, Tina, his mother Barbra of Ft. Benton and sisters Connie of Kansas City, Mo. and Beverly of Kansas City, Kans. He was preceded in death by his father Ronald. He leaves behind many friends. Per his request he has been cremated and a memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Trooper, Rest in peace on Fiddler’s Green and 28-40 is 10-42.