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.
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