Sharon Jean White
Sharon Jean White, July 17, 1941-November 15, 2014.
Sharon White passed away peacefully in her hotel bed in Scottsdale, Ariz. while doing what she loved the most; travelling on an adventure. This trip was to the Grand Canyon with her three kids.
Sharon was born to Neal and Alice Lindquist (Brander), and was the youngest of three, behind brothers Terry and Ronnie. She grew up in Elliston and attended school there. She attended high school in Deer Lodge and graduated PCHS class of 1959. After moving to Helena following graduation, Sharon met and married Lonny White of Avon.
Lonny and Sharon lived in Deer Lodge for a time before moving to Avon, and then back to Deer Lodge where Lonny was a ranch supervisor at Rock Creek Cattle Company. Sharon became very well-known while working as a checker at the Deer Lodge IGA store for many years, even after the family moved back to Avon for good. Sharon worked for the Milwaukee Road, delivered mail to the state capitol offices, and eventually purchased the general store in Avon, which she ran for several years before retiring.
Blessed with the gift of gab, Sharon was always outgoing, enthusiastic, and always on the go. She was instrumental in making sure her kids participated in any and all events throughout their lives. She could be seen at just about any event happening in the area, and always participated and supported other kids, even after her own children had moved on.
She deeply loved her family; her children, grandchildren, cousins, nieces & nephews…if you were related to Sharon somehow, she knew you and you knew her. She was the bond that kept the family together. She also truly loved and cherished her friends. The wonderful women of Avon and Deer Lodge, especially the “birthday club”, were always there for her, especially after the death of her husband Lonny. These special friendships allowed Sharon to stay in her home after her illness was diagnosed, by checking in on her, driving her to appointments, and proving what lifetime friends are all about.
Sharon’s final day on this earth was filled with happiness and joy, riding in a limousine, sipping mimosas, and reminiscing about her life. She will truly be missed by all.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents Neal and Alice Lindquist, brother Ronnie Lindquist, and husband Lonny White. She is survived by her three children, Don (Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho); Bob (Helena) and wife Meg; Wendy (Post Falls, Idaho) and husband Darell Stidham; grandkids Bryan & Kristin White (Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho); Mariah & Alyssa White (Bozeman), Julia White (Missoula), Carly White (Helena); brother Terry Lindquist (Seattle, Wash.) and wife Shirley, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held for Sharon on Wednesday, November 26 at 1 p.m. at the Avon Club House.
Elizabeth Irene Jensen Bauman
Elizabeth Irene Jensen Bauman passed away of a brain hemorrhage in Deer Lodge on Friday, November 21, 2014. Liz was born on February 21, 1939 to Viggo and Tillie Jensen in Lewistown.
Liz graduated Nursing School in 1960 in Great Falls and worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lewistown. She then went on to work in various hospitals and clinics in Kalispell, Plains, and Deer Lodge until her retirement in 1995.
Liz married Dick Bauman on December 15, 1962 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Lewistown.
Liz is survived by her husband, Dick, of Deer Lodge, daughter Val Karst of Great Falls, and son Mitch (Kristi) and their four sons Preston, Kelson, Gavin, and Darien of Frenchtown, and grandson, Logan, living in Missoula. She is also survived by a brother, Carl Jensen (Janel) of Wheatland, Wyo. and a sister Loretta Mason (Jack) of Walla Walla, Wash. and numerous nieces and nephews.
Liz and Dick never missed an event as her big family and many friends were so important to her.
The definition of “volunteer” is a person who renders aid, performs a service, or assumes an obligation of their own free will. This should be followed by Liz Bauman, as she was the first person to step up and was always by Dick’s side for his many projects.
Funeral service will be held in Deer Lodge on Friday, November 28th at St. John Lutheran Church at 1 p.m.
A memorial service will be held in Lewistown on Saturday, November 29, at the Zion Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. followed by interment at the Moore Cemetery.