Cecilia Rose Neidhardt
Cecilia Rose Neidhardt, surrounded by her loving family, went peacefully into the arms of Jesus Christ on June 14 in Billings. She is preceded in death by her husband Ed Neidhardt, parents Adam and Olga Gottfried and loving siblings. She is survived by her four children, Joe Neidhardt (Mary), Sandy Johnson (Dale), Cheryl Robinson (Whitney), and Tammy Bruns (Rich), her 25 grandchildren and her nine great-grandchildren.
Born January 1, 1925, in Courtenay, N.D., Cec grew up in Sunburst, where she attended Sunburst High School. On February 22, 1941, at the age of 16, Cec married the love of her life, Ed Neidhardt. They stayed happily married for over 61 years. As a long time resident of Shelby and Deer Lodge, Cec would always talk about her job at Powell County High School. She loved her job there and was extremely fond of all her students. Throughout her years, she also stayed involved with New to You in Deer Lodge, the Cursillo movement and IC Parish. Ed and Cec hand built a wonderful cabin on Cooper’s Lake that is shared by family and friends. She continually supported everyone she could and always put others before herself. She exuded elegance and beauty in all aspects of life. She was a loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and Nana to countless family members.
Cec will always be remembered for her kind heart and joyful spirit. She was one of the strongest, sweetest, most caring, and loving souls to have ever graced this world. Her great sense of humor and genuine smile could light up any room, and make anyone feel they were part of the family. She was beloved by all and touched many hearts in her 89 wonderful years. She will be dearly missed, forever loved, and never, ever forgotten.
We love you Nana!
Rosary at Jewell Funeral home June 19, 7 p.m.
Funeral services June 20, IC Parish, Deer Lodge 2 p.m.
Memorials: New To You and IC Parish in Deer Lodge, and American Lung Association.
Doris Atwood Stocks
Doris Atwood Stocks of Bozeman passed away Friday, June 13, 2014 at High Country Care. She was born May 14, 1930 in Raymond, Alberta, Canada.
When mom was six months old, she traveled by covered wagon pulled by a team of mules from Alberta Canada to the Bitterroot Valley. She grew up poor and cried when President Roosevelt died because her dad told her that Franklin gave them five dollars per month for food and she did not know what they would eat when Franklin’s five dollars went away.
As a wife and mother she worked so hard and so long and always made certain the pantry was filled with food. She waited tables at the 4-B’s restaurant in Deer Lodge. Some nights, the tips were meager but she always brought home a treat of some kind, usually candy, for her seven children.
Almost every Sunday, she dressed her children in their Sunday finest and herded them to the Assembly of God Church. God and family - everything else was little more than details and distractions.
Side by side with her husband Ivan, she raised seven children and never had a bill turned in for collection and never spent a dime on alcohol. When the children left, Doris and Ivan moved back to the Bitterroot and, for a few years, basked in the comfort and contentment of a hard-earned retirement and the constant company of grandchildren. For a time, she was happy. Then Ivan was devastated by Alzheimers and mother’s world began crumbling around her. Ivan died and mom moved first to Missoula and then to Bozeman always under the constant care of at least one of her five daughters.
A hard life, and not a perfect one but her prayers were powerful and constant. God and family, she has left one to be with the other. Peace, mother, and rest. Finally rest.
Doris was preceded in death by her husband Ivan Stocks, her parents Martin and Matilda Atwood, her sisters: Bessie, OraBell, Jaunita, Opal, Lizzie, Norma; brothers: Ivan, Larry and her twin Darryl, daughter-in-law Lillian Fike Stocks, great-grandchildren Rachel and Christian Fletcher.
She is survived by her children: Vicky (Al) Chaffey of Lolo, Kenneth Stocks of Whitehall, Terry Stocks of Superior, Cheryl White of Superior, Theresa (Bob) Webber of Bozeman, Nancy (Mike) Boldt of Las Vegas and Tammie Daniels of Stevensville, 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Marlene Atwood and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were, Terry Stocks, Bob Webber, Allan Chaffey, Jason Boldt, James Styler and Matthew Boldt. Honorary Pallbearers were Kenneth Stocks and Tammie Daniels.
Visitation was held Monday, June 16, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.
Services were held Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Daly-Leach Chapel followed by a reception in the funeral home’s community room in Hamilton. Interment followed at Victor Cemetery.
Doris’ family would like to thank Hospice of Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, especially her nurse Melanie. A very heartfelt thank you goes to our extended family at High Country Care, for the love, compassion and kindness they showed Doris and her family. They truly became our family. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.