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Ean Putnam

Dec 10, 1950 - Sep 24, 2023

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Plains, MT

Ean James Hunter Putnam passed away on September 24, 2023 Ean was born December 10, 1950 in Swan River Manituba, Canada to Melville Hunter and Mina Robb Putnam His father passed away in October of 1959 Ean remained in Canada until the age of 15 when his family moved to Tioga, North Dakota Ean's mom moved from Tioga for a teaching job and Ean chose to stay and live with his Uncle Eoin and Aunt Sheila Harvey Uncle Eoim taught him how to fly airplanes and watched him begin his career in the oil fie...Read More

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Ken Melnrick

Apr 26, 1951 - Jan 18, 2024

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Plains, MT

Ken Melnrick peacefully passed away on January 18, 2024. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. He is survived by his son Ken Melnrick and his wife Evelyn, his daughter Karen Marquardt and her husband Carl, three grandchildren, his siblings and numerous extended family members. Memorials may be made in Ken's memory to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.

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William (Bill) Shope

Aug 25, 1934 - Jan 17, 2024

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Plains, MT

William (Bill) Shope, 89, passed away Jan. 17, 2024 surrounded by his family. Bill was born on Aug. 25, 1934, in Vanceburg, KY to Charlie and Gladys Shope. In 1951 he married Thelma Leona Hobbs. They moved to Montana in 1958 with their three children (Chuck, Joyce and Doris). In the following years Bill and Leona had four more children (Jimmy, Billy, Lisa and Racheal).  Bill went to work for the Bennett Mill in St. Regis. He owned the Standard Station and T&T Wrecker Service. Bill started Shope Logging with his son Chuck Shope which they ran until Bill retired. Bill was also employed at Sverdsten Logging Company, Bailey Logging, Lewis Construction and ACME Construction where he helped build I-90 running past St. Regis. Holy smokes he was even the sheriff of Mineral County at one point! Bill and Leona bought the Travelers Inn Bar and ran it until they divorced in 1981. Bill married Juanita Smith where he gained two stepchildren (Rick and Donna Kruger). He spent the last 42 years with Juanita by his side. Bill and Juanita traveled while he continued working for ACME Construction and running Shope Logging. They lived in St. Regis until they completed their house in Haugan, and retired. They enjoyed watching the wildlife come through their property daily. They enjoyed taking drives in the mountains and visiting friends and family. You would never see one without the other. Bill is survived by his wife Juanita Shope, children Chuck (Laura) Shope, Joyce Smith, Doris (Dan) Park, Jimmy Shope, Lisa Knight, Racheal (Kelly) Koke, Rick (Kim) Kruger, Donna (Joe) Kruger and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren. Carl Shope, Clyde Shope, Donald Shope, Earl Shope, Bo Shope and Paul Shope (brothers), Geri Shope, Mary Nolan, Rita Hauck, Debbie Pyles and Janie (sisters). He is proceeded in death by Charlie Shope (father), Gladys Shope (mother), Billy Shope (son), Charles, Freddy, and Davey (brothers), Melvie and Rosie (sisters). He will be remembered for his hard work, storytelling, quick wit, and infectious smile. Bill loved with his whole heart. He will be dearly missed by everyone who loved and knew him. A celebration of life will be held in the spring.  

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Jeannine Orpha Marjerrison

Apr 30, 1929 - Jan 15, 2024

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Plains, MT

Jeannine Orpha (Blanchard) Marjerrison entered into eternal rest on January 15, 2024. She was 94. Jeannine was born into the Haskell family on April 30, 1929, in Libby, Montana. Her mother Orpha died during childbirth and Neil and Ethel Blanchard adopted her. She was married to Fred Marjerrison on March 7, 1949, and he preceded her in death. She is survived by her seven children: Neil Marjerrison of Missoula, MT, Jerry Marjerrison of Plains, MT, Carole Morden (John) of St. Louis, MO, Gordon (Kelly) Marjerrison of Swansea, SC, Doris Minteer (Tim – deceased) of Pullman, WA, Jimmy (Yvette) Marjerrison of Kalispell, MT, and Brian Marjerrison of Helena, MT. She is also survived by seventeen grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren (the latest being Ella Numa Johnson of Kalispell who she met a month prior to her death) and several great, great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Ferris Blanchard, Jeannine's brother, preceded her in death. Ferris had four children, Dick, Bob, Fred, and Bill. Dick, Bob, and Fred also preceded her in death. Bill resides in White Sulphur Springs, MT. When her parents moved from Libby to outside of Plains, she had occasion to spend the school week in town with the family of Vincent & Irene Blanchard. During this time cousins Vera, Beatrice, and Beryl became like sisters to her. They continued this close relationship until her death. In 1967 Jeannine was delighted to take a trip by train to Michigan to meet her birth family. She took Jimmy (her favorite child) along for company and met her siblings, Edwin, Annabelle, and Lillian all who preceded her in death, plus several nieces and nephews. Jeannine took great pride in being named after the 1928 number 1 charted song Jeannine (I Dream of Lilac Time). She was a homemaker, Avon lady, Clark Fork Valley Hospital employee, and Home Health Aide. She was active in Harvest Community Church of God until the last few years. She had a sharp sarcastic wit and was unafraid to speak her mind. She lived by the adage, "I may be mistaken, but I am never in doubt." Her children often drove her crazy, but she loved them deeply. She lived in Plains for 70 years except for a short year and a half in Hamilton in 1959-1960. When her physical health failed, she moved to Brendan House in Kalispell. She was not happy living there but enjoyed seeing Jim and Yvette regularly until COVID-19 hit. Brendan House immediately locked down and she hadn't been able to visit anyone except through a window until 2021. She longed to go "home." God granted her wish on January 15 of 2024. A memorial service will be held at a later, warmer date.

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Lorelei Joyce Dove

Jan 24, 1964 - Jan 16, 2024

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Plains, MT

Lorelei Joyce (White) Dove, age 59, passed away on January 16, 2024 in the comforts of home with family by her side.  Lori fought a courageous battle against cancer. Born January 24,1964 to Loran Clyde White & Celia Lanum (White) Higgins in Superior, MT where she planted roots of her own.  Marrying the love of her life, Ron Dove, in March of 1984, completing her family with their daughter Brandy. Everyone was proud of Lori when she returned to school and received her GED which she used to become a very useful member of Mineral County.  To name a few, Lori dispatched at the Sherriff’s Office, was Owner/operator of Dove Trucking with Ron, was an EMT and bookkeeper for the Superior Area Ambulance Service, volunteer and president for the Mineral County Search and Rescue, and latest venture, Disaster & Emergency Services Coordinator for Mineral County.  One of her greatest joys while part of Search and Rescue was the organization of the Annual Easter Egg Hunt held in Superior.   Lori loved to travel and camp, her favorite camp spot was anywhere near Yellowstone National Park.  She could have been a tour guide and absolutely loved sharing the parks beauty and wonder with her two grandsons.  Lori’s greatest achievement and title of all time was “Grandma” or “G-ma”.  She was Roper and Sawyer’s biggest fan, rarely ever did she miss a sporting event, concert or anything grandson related.  Lori is survived by her husband Ron, daughter Brandy (Travis) Woodard, grandsons Roper and Sawyer, brother Loran (Tammi) White, nephew Weston, sister Melonni (Jim) Moland and niece Amanda.  Lori was preceded in death by both her parents and sister Kim Smith. In lieu of flowers, we are asking for donations to Superior Fire Dept. PO Box 729, Superior MT 59872 with a memo note “Easter Egg Hunt”. 

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Barry Lee Fowler

Sep 06, 1953 - Dec 27, 2023

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Plains, MT

BARRY LEE FOWLER Barry Lee Fowler passed away December 27, 2023 in Plains, Montana.  He was born to Peggy Harding Fowler and Winfield Lee Fowler on September 6, 1953 in Takoma Park, Maryland.  In 1956, Barry’s family moved to a country setting in Florida where he developed his love for nature. Barry graduated from Forest Lake Academy in 1972.  He furthered his education with a degree in biology from Southern Adventist University, Collegedale Tennessee, and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, Tennessee.  He worked in the education field in various capacities as school system superintendent, principal and teacher in New Jersey, Georgia, Tennessee, Colorado and Montana. In 2002, Barry decided to utilize his people skills in a new role as Director of the Clark Fork Valley Hospital Foundation in Plains, Montana, raising funds to support the hospital.  He wore many hats in his work for the hospital, from hiring staff to making sure sidewalks were kept clear in winter.  He loved to play golf and coached the local high school golf team for five years.  In addition to golf, Grizzly football and reading, his favorite pastime was spending time with family and friends, his motto being always to treat people as he would like to be treated. Preceding Barry in death are his mother, Peggy Thompson; his father, Winfield(Tinker) Fowler; stepmother, Nancy Fowler; stepfather, Verle Thompson, Sr.; stepbrother, Verle Thompson, Jr. and stepsister, Judith Thompson. Left behind to mourn his passing are his wife of 47 years, Carol, and his daughter, Lauren Fowler.  In addition are his sister, Cynthia Fowler Gaver(Jeff); brother, Tobin Fowler(Doralee); brother, Kevin Fowler(Missy); brother, Keith Fowler(Debbie); sister, Ruth Williams, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  He will be dearly missed! “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

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Virginia Carol Hayen Brown

Jul 09, 1934 - Nov 29, 2023

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Plains, MT

Virginia Carol Hayen Brown was born July 9, 1934 to Laura Mitchell and George Hayen in Mayville, MI. At 9 years of age the family moved to Hogeland, Montana, home of her grandparent’s homestead. She attended school in Mayville, Mich., Hogeland, Columbia Falls and Bigfork. She graduated from Flathead High School in 1952.  Married Donald E. Brown on Aug. 18, 1956 in Great Falls. She worked as a nanny and a telephone operator in Sacramento and Great Falls.  Living in Plains brought working opportunities as a nurse’s aide at Clark Fork Valley Hospital and a clerk at Plains Drug Store for many years.  Her greatest fulfillment in life was being a loving wife, homemaker, mother, and grandmother. The family traveled to several Air Force bases following Don’s military service through the years. Virginia loved flowers, crocheting, and has made many quilts by hand. She was a life member of the VFW Auxiliary # 3596 in Plains. She also was a volunteer hairdresser in the nursing home at Clark Fork Valley Hospital and listened to the first and second grade students read for many years at the Plains Elementary School.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. Brown, of 58 years; parents; sisters, Annabel Klein, Evalyn Marie and brother, Carl E. Hayen. Virginia is survived by her three children: son, Henry L. Brown of Plains, daughters, Norma (Wayne) Cole and Karen (Paul) Pickering; Grandchildren, Curtis and Scott Pickering, Nathan Cole and Falcon Albertson; great-grandchildren, Cole, Jordyn, Camden and Miles.

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Rebecca Josephine Cram Hutchison

Jan 24, 1951 - Dec 21, 2023

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Plains, MT

Rebecca Josephine Cram Hutchison, originally from Grinnell, IA, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023 at her home in Plains, MT, where she resided with her daughter Addy Hutchison-Brown and her husband Chad Brown.Rebecca was on born January 24, 1951 in Fort Carson, Colorado to LaVaughn “Bonnie” and Phyllis J. Cram. She graduated Grinnell Senior High School and was a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa at Cedar Falls receiving a Master's Degree in Speech Pathology.Rebecca met the love of her life, David C. Hutchison, at a local dance in Brooklyn, Iowa and married on March 9, 1970 in Grinnell. They made their home in Marshalltown, IA where they had four children, Amy, Addy, Marc, and Michael. Along with 3 grandkids, Samantha, Alex, and Carter and one great-grand child, Josie.Rebecca "Becky" packed so much life into her years. She traveled, was an AFS exchange student in New Zealand during high school, rode horses, went white water rafting, camping and hiking, had a green thumb in her garden, worked in a profession she loved as a speech pathologist at the Iowa Veterans Home caring for disabled Veterans, chased her dreams, and put one foot in front of the other while battling an incurable Alzheimers disease. She did so with faith, love, grace, dignity, and courage. She had a significant impact on the lives at the Veterans Home while deeply touching the hearts of all whom she came into contact during her life. Rebecca's greatest joy was her family creating lasting memories with them. She loved her children and grandchildren more than anything as the love of her life. She was beyond proud of their accomplishments and prayed for them all of her life. Rebecca was a loving family person and devoted supporter of all her childrens' activities. She truly enjoyed embracing all the beauty of the great outdoors. She especially enjoyed her garden; gifted at arranging flowers, wreaths, preserving vegetables and drying various herbs. It would not have been uncommon to run in to her at the farmers market pedaling monster cookies and the various items from herbs to vegetables. Rebecca will especially be remembered for the unconditional love she gave to her family. Endless memories will forever be cherished by her family. Rebecca will never leave our hearts nor our side.Survivors include her children, Amy Jo Dodd, of Marshalltown, Addy Marie (Chad) Hutchison-Brown, Plains, MT, Marc David Hutchison, Mankato, MN, and Michael Cooper Hutchison, Windsor Heights, IA; three grandchildren, Samantha (Nate)Judge, Alex Dodd and Carter Hutchison; one great granddaughter, Josie Wren Judge; one sister, Judith Anothayanontha of Wichita, Tx; and two brothers, Phillip Cram of Jacksonville, Fl, and Jeffery Cram of Sherman, Tx.; as well as many loving and adoring nieces, nephews and cousins.She was proceeded in death by her parents and loving husband.A gathering will be held from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Friday, January 12, 2023, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, January 13, 2023, at the Ivy Hill Cemetery near Malcom. We warmly invite family and friends at this time.Should friends desire, flowers and/or memorials may be sent. Memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer's Association for the continuing research of this debilitating disease, and may be mailed in care of Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, IA 50112.

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Rebecca Josephine Cram Hutchison

Jan 24, 1951 - Dec 21, 2023

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Plains, MT

Rebecca Josephine Cram Hutchison, originally from Brooklyn, IA, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023 at her home in Plains, MT, where she resided with her daughter Addy Hutchison-Brown and her husband Chad Brown.A gathering will be held from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Friday, January 12, 2023, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, January 13, 2023, at the Ivy Hill Cemetery near Malcom. We warmly invite family and friends at this time.Should friends desire, flowers and/or memorials may be sent. Memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer's Association for the continuing research of this debilitating disease, and may be mailed in care of Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, IA 50112.

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Lacey Kinser

Aug 27, 1972 - Oct 13, 2023

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Plains, MT

Lacey Irene Kinser passed away peacefully on October 13, 2023 surrounded by her loving family, after a brave and valiant battle with cancer. She was born in Long Beach, California on August 27th, 1972 as the eldest child to Lee and Lila Kinser. After the family moved to Montana from California, Lacey attended elementary and junior high school in Thompson Falls, eventually graduating from Thompson Falls High School in 1991. After graduation, she began her career working at Little Bitterroot, where she thrived for over 31 incredible years. She had a creative spirit and learned to crochet from her mom, Roberta. She took tremendous pride in all the things she could make and sell. Together with her mom, she would prepare for several months so they could sell their crafts at the local holiday bazaar. After years spent honing her skills, Lacey's hard work and endless determination won her numerous ribbons at the Sanders County Fair for her craftsmanship. Sports were another passion for Lacey and she eagerly awaited her opportunity every year to participate in Special Olympics. While she loved the competition, the friendships she made and fostered over many years of participating were even more valuable to her. She was also an avid football fan. She never missed an opportunity to root for her New York Giants or the Montana State Bobcats. Lacey loved the outdoors from a young age and that love only continued to grow with time. Anytime she was out for a drive, she would always keep a hawk's eye out for wildlife or animals of any kind. She lived for hunting season. From the moment of the last light of the final day of the season, or shortly after she filled her tag, all she could talk about was how she couldn't wait for the next hunting season. Some of her very fondest memories included all of the numerous hunting trips with her brother Lee, her outdoor expeditions fishing with her brother Mitchell, and her quick fishing trips before work with her friend and supervisor Amanda. Lacey was truly a beacon of light and she touched the lives of everyone she met. She was an inspiration to us all. Lacey is survived by her parents, Lee and Roberta Kinser; brother Lee Kinser, III and his wife Lisa; sister Lisa Kinser; brother Scott Odlin and his wife Jenna; sister Cindy Larson and her husband Nate; brother Mitchell Kinser and his wife Melissa; and sister Teresa Kinser along with many nieces and nephews. Her family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for the staff at Clark Fork Valley Hospice and the cancer center at St Patrick's Hospital in Missoula for their care and compassion over the last year. A memorial service will be held on October 28, 2023. (We'll add the details here once determined. ) To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Lacey Kinser, please visit our

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Jhoushua Macnair

Oct 22, 1985 - Oct 03, 2023

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Plains, MT

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