Sharon Kay Hiner
Sharon Kay Hiner, 76, of Missoula, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 20, 2017 at home with her family at her side.
She was born September 15, 1940 in Eureka, Calif., to Melvin and June Christopher. A third generation Eurekan, she graduated high school there and attended California State University, Humboldt in Arcata, Calif. where she studied art. It was in this environment of magnificent redwoods and wild Pacific coastline that her interest in realistic landscape painting began.
Sharon married her high school sweetheart, Millard Hiner in 1959 and began raising her family. They moved to Alaska in 1963 and spent the next 16 years painting that awe-inspiring scenery. In 1979 they moved to Montana where she continued her art. She was an extremely accomplished artist winning best of show at several prominent art shows, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who loved to entertain.
Sharon was known for her ease in frequent conversation with even total strangers. She had a great love for history and traveled the entire Lewis and Clark trail. They spent several wonderful retirement years in Pierce, Idaho before moving to Missoula in 2012.
Sharon is preceded in death by her parents, Melvin Christopher and June (Sundfors) Christopher; as well as her brother, Dennis Christopher.
Sharon is survived by her husband of 57 years, Millard, children Kevin Hiner (Bryn) of Anchorage, Alaska, Mathew Hiner (Cindy) of Deer Lodge, Jennifer Monaco (Donald) of Missoula, granddaughters, Stephanie, Jessica, Erin, Matison and great-granddaughter Leilani.
At Sharon’s request, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Humboldt County Historical Society.
The family of Sharon wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Partners in Home Care Hospice.
Montana State Prison inmate Mark Misner died on March 25, 2017 at Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, following an extended illness. Mr. Misner was 66 years old.
Mr. Misner was sentenced out of Cascade County in 2005 for two counts of Deliberate Homicide. He received a sentence of life without parole to Montana State Prison. In 2010, Mr. Misner was sentenced out of Toole County for Assault on a Peace Officer. Mr. Misner was sentenced to 10 years with five suspended to run consecutive to the previous sentence.