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Kathy Stevenson

May 14, 1960 - Nov 19, 2023

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Great Falls, MT

Kathy L Stevenson passed away on November 19th, 2023, with her family lovingly by her side. Kathy was born on May 14th, 1960, to Edwin "Ed" and Roberta "Bobbie" Brester in Missoula, Montana. She was the fourth of six children born to Ed and Bobbie. Many of Kathy's summers were spent at Flathead Lake with her family. She graduated from Sentinel High in 1978. Kathy married Tim Stevenson and they had three daughters, Lynze, Jennifer and Heidi. They raised their young family in Missoula until March ...Read More

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Boyd Waid Spellman

Feb 01, 1941 - Feb 21, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Boyd Waid Spellman, 83, of Great Falls, MT passed on February 21, 2024. Boyd was born on February 1,1941 in Columbus Ohio to Melvin and Garnet (Zimmerman) Spellman. His family moved to Florida and then on to Arlington Virginia where Boyd graduated from High School. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Emory and Henry College and continued his education at the University of Virginia where he received his Master’s degree in Business Administration. Boyd served 34 years working for the Culpeper County School System of Virginia beginning as a math teacher followed by Assistant Principal, Coordinator of Federal Programs and finally Superintendent, retiring in 1999. During his tenure at Culpeper County Schools he was a gun safety instructor for students. This was back in the day when you could still bring shotguns and rifles to school. He felt that it gave students who were not involved in athletics an outlet to keep them on a positive path. Boyd was known to be an outdoorsman who loved trapping, shooting and fishing. He began trapping fox when their furs were at a premium but when the fur market dropped, he was approached by a hunt club in Warrenton Virginia about trapping live fox for them. During the week of Thanksgiving and the week Christmas he would trap over one hundred fox per week. It is likely that Christopher Reeves chased down one of the very fox that Boyd trapped during those early years. Boyd spent many days shooting skeet and sporting clays, shooting about 26,000 rounds per year. He travelled for tournaments winning many trophies and awards, his most cherished being a belt buckle for the 2005 A1 Class Championship in Montana. He wore it proudly every day. His teaching skills carried on to the shooting range where he taught people of all ages how to handle and fire a shotgun. He found such joy in seeing his students gain confidence and perfect their skill in the sport of shooting clays. Many of these individuals became lifelong friends. On April 1, 2001, after selling his Virginia properties, Boyd and his wife Jennifer hit the road full time in their Airstream trailer. They became Texas residents and traveled across the country bird hunting. You see, Boyd was also an avid wing shooter. Their life became a bird chase earning him the nickname “Birdbrain” from his loving wife Jennifer. After a year and a half on the hunt, Jennifer and Boyd settled in McAllister Montana where he enjoyed floating and fishing the Madison River. Boyd became a shooting instructor for the local range, setting up the sporting clays range for their customers as well as for the club members. In 2006 Jennifer and Boyd moved to Ulm, Montana followed by a move to Great Falls where they built their dream home. This is where Boyd enjoyed his remaining years. Boyd was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Garnet Spellman and his brother Rance Spellman. He is survived by his wife Jennifer Spellman and their Labrador Retrievers Jake and Daisy. Cremation has been entrusted to Croxford Funeral Home and a celebration of life will be determined at a later date. In lieu of flowers please spend quality time with your family and friends enjoying the great outdoors. This would bring a smile to Boyd’s face. To to the family or in memory of Boyd Waid Spellman, please

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Samuel Vladimir Boor

Oct 06, 1932 - Feb 04, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Born Oct 6th, 1932, in Roselle, NJ, to Ladislav Boor and Catharine Richardson. Sam had two older brothers, John, and Pete. They were raised between New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland. The foregoing doesn’t come close to even summarizing Sam’s achievements. His daughters found some of his writing that will be released in the future. He was quite the philosopher and writer. Sam attended Chevy Chase High school in Bethesda, MD and graduated in 1950. He enjoyed playing basketball, baseball, building model airplanes, and talking to beautiful girls. Sam continued on to George Washington Medical School from 1950-1953 for undergraduate and 1953-1957 for graduate school, to be an Otolaryngologist. He then attended Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA for internship 1957-1958 and residency in ENT 1958-1962. He served in the Army as a doctor in between the Korean and Vietnam Wars, stationed at Second Field Hospital Munich from 1961-1963. After returning from Munich, he decided to open his private practice as an ENT in New York City and shared an office with Dr. John Eden, on the upper east side in Manhattan. John was an Ophthalmologist who Sam attended medical school with and was his best friend. He had many years of success. While in New York, Sam heard the announcement on the radio during the Woodstock Festival, requesting medical volunteers. He was inspired to help. He was flown into the festival in an Army helicopter, along with other medical personnel. Once amid the “Aquarian Exposition”, he manned the large medical tent that dealt with the most critical patients, for the duration of the festival. He also returned days later to assist in the cleanup. He met and married his first wife, Patricia Bunbury, and shortly after they decided to move to Ogden, UT. There he attended the University of Utah, Family Practice Residency Program, from 1971-1973. He opened a private practice as a Family Physician and decided to start a small family. His first two children were born, Eric Vladimir Boor and Michelle Patrice Boor. Sam had a successful practice and met many friends in Ogden. As life has many chapters, he divorced, and moved to Roosevelt, UT, working in Emergency Medicine. Over the years he covered various ER’s, including spending a ski season in Jackson Hole, WY, then up to Sidney, MT. In 1987, Sam moved to Roundup, MT, working at the Roundup Memorial Hospital and Musselshell County Medical Clinic. He met the love of his life, Leslie Feaster. They were married on September 23, 1988. They managed a small sheep farm at home, and after leaving the clinic, Sam and Leslie opened “Roundup Family Practice,” his private family practice, in town. In 1994, their first daughter, Emily Catharine Boor, was born. The Boor’s moved to Wolf Point, in 1996. Sam worked in the ER at Trinity Hospital, and as a Family Physician at Listerud Rural Health Clinic. In 2000, he retired, and in 2001, Sam and Les welcomed another daughter, Carolyn Alena Boor. They continued with the sheep and added to the farm management – breeding and training Great Pyrenees dogs, Les and the girls rode and worked with horses, the girls managed the chickens (Sam built the coops), and Sam and Les farmed wheat and alfalfa. Sam kept busy and enjoyed restoring antique Volkswagon vans and vanagons, Chevy trucks, and even a ’64 Galaxie! Sam was always interested and involved in the school system, his garden, learning different languages to include Slovak and German, and innumerable projects. In 2007, Leslie’s work led them to Great Falls, MT. Here, Sam continued with his antique vehicle restoration - launching “SVB Enterprises.” That gorgeous green and yellow 2 ½ ton Chevy outside of Custom Body Company in Black Eagle? That’s his! He loved to travel the U.S. and Europe, attend basketball games, (he rarely missed a boys Bison game) talk politics, and go out to eat at Boston’s, Dante’s, Jakers and Bert and Ernie’s – all great local Montana restaurants. Sam passed away on February 4th, 2024, at home, with Leslie and Emily at his side. In addition to his wife and children, Sam is survived by his granddaughter, Peyton, and grandson, Alexander. He was preceded in death by his brother, John, and many friends. In lieu of flowers, pick up a copy of “Woodstock ‘69: Three Days of Peace, Music & Medical Care,” get involved in your local city council/board/commission meeting, or watch “Casablanca,” Sam’s favorite movie. If the snow is good, there will be a “Ski for Sam” day on March 7th at Showdown, and a Celebration of Life, on what would be his 92nd birthday, October 6, 2024. Logistics don’t always work out – wherever you find yourself on that day, or any day, do something in his honor – preferably, something that will make him smile and laugh! Anyone interested in attending either event, get a hold of his daughter, Emily at (406) 781-9887, or ecboor@yahoo.com Showdown Ski Area, Montana - 2850 US HWY 89 S, Neihart, MT 59465 A copy of “Woodstock ‘69: Three Days of Peace, Music & Medical Care” by Myron Gittell and Jack Kelly, is available on thriftbooks.com, or amazon.com, among many other sites. To to the family or in memory of Samuel Vladimir Boor, please

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Nancy Kaye Giles

Sep 12, 1942 - Feb 13, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

“Heaven has gained another angel. Nancy Kaye Giles, 81, of Great Falls went to be with Jesus on February 13, 2024. She was our rock and will be missed by many. Nancy was born to Oswald and Evelyn Kreftmeyer on September 12, 1942, in Alton, Illinois. She was the eldest of four children. She graduated from Roxanna High School in 1960 and then went on to get her nursing degree from the Deaconess School of Nursing in St. Louis, Missouri. She completed her Registered Nursing in 1963. She married Troy Taylor in 1963. He was in the Air Force. Together they had 5 children, Michael, Gregory, Douglas, Cynthia, and Bradley. They divorced in 1974. She married Wesley Crawford in 1977 and they had 1 child, Phillip. They divorced in 1980. Finally, she found “The One.” In 1988, she met Terence Giles in Athol, Idaho, a short distance from her home in Sandpoint, Idaho. But Nancy's other love was Montana and so they moved back to Great Falls permanently in 1989, where they had 35 glorious years together. They loved to go out dancing and take long drives where she would read, and he honed his photography skills. Nancy chose Obstetrics as her specialty in Nursing and spent 30 years as a Labor and Delivery nurse. First at different military bases around the country and then finally at Deaconess Medical Center in Great Falls, Montana. She also worked part-time at Columbus Hospital, also in Great Falls. However, she got the chance for a Labor and Delivery Nursing Supervisor position, but this required her to move to Sandpoint, Idaho. But after marrying the love of her life, they returned to Montana where she went right back to delivering babies in her beloved city. Nancy had a gift for nurturing new mothers. She always seemed to know when new and experienced moms needed a kind touch. This came about after she lost her infant son, Douglas, at birth. She also became a part of the Deaconess Hospital's new Mercy Flight. When the hospital began using a helicopter, Nancy made many trips up to the High Line (Northern Montana) to retrieve obstetrical patients who needed more care than a rural hospital could provide. Regrettably, due to ongoing medical issues, she had to retire from nursing in 1994. However, this didn't slow her down too much. Nancy and another retired nurse went on and founded the Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies Coalition for Cascade County. HM/HB works to improve the health, safety, and wellbeing of Montana families by supporting mothers and babies from pregnancy to age three. Nancy also spent many, many hours helping her church. For 17 years, she and her husband worked with the Vineyard Church Mercy Ministry helping to distribute food, feed, and provide clothing to families in Great Falls. This ministry is still active and has been in continued operation for 35 years. It now concentrates on food distribution. Nancy and Terry also had a weekly kinship group in their home for many years. In her later years, she joined her husband in driving vehicles for Avis/Budget Car Rental. Her last endeavor was being an Election Judge along with Terry, for Cascade County. They served the small community of Vaughn. But as her health deteriorated, she was unable to continue with these activities. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oswald and Evelyn Kreftmeyer; brother and his wife, David and Alice Kreftmeyer; and her sons, Douglas and Philip. Nancy is survived by her husband, Terry; sisters, Barbara (James) Dorsey of Bethalto, IL and JoAnn (Doug) Lohr of Kentland, IN; children, Michael (Shannon) Taylor of Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, Gregory Taylor of Madison, GA, Cynthia Sell of Great Falls, and Bradley (Tammy) Taylor of Billings, MT; 10 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at 11 am at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church, 1617 6th Ave N, Great Falls, Montana.

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Lorena Ann Lauritzen

Sep 05, 1931 - Feb 20, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Lorena Ann Lauritzen, age 92, passed away peacefully in her home in the early hours of February 20, 2024. She is survived by her husband and the love of her life, Richard (“Dick”) Lauritzen; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and David Shotwell; son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan and Lori Lauritzen; grandsons, Derek Ditora, Erik Lauritzen and Andrew Lauritzen; step-grandson, Christopher Shotwell; step-granddaughter and step-grandson-in-law, Sarah Shotwell and David Provenzano; and great-step-granddaughter, Maple Shotwell Provenzano. Lorena’s greatest joy was her family. Lorena was born on September 5, 1931, in Hollister, California, the only child of Grace and Fred Wilson. She spent her early and teenage years in Hollister and Avenal, California. She attended Fresno State College and graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business. During her college years, she excelled academically and pledged the Tri Sigma Sorority serving as its president during her senior year. Lorena met Dick Lauritzen at Fresno State College, and they were married on June 19, 1954, in Pacific Grove, California. Shortly after their marriage, Lorena and Dick moved to St. Louis, Missouri where Dick attended Medical School at Washington University and Lorena worked in the advertising department of a large electronics company. Their daughter, Lisa, was born in St. Louis, and their son, Jon, was born in Coronado, California while Dick was serving in the Navy. Upon Dick’s graduation from medical school and completion of his residency in General Surgery, Lorena and Dick moved their young family to Great Falls, Montana where Dick was a surgeon until his retirement in 1998. Lorena enjoyed the outdoors. She snow skied, played golf and tennis, rode horses, backpacked, and at Dick’s insistence, tried her hand at fly fishing. She was an amazing cook introducing creative dishes to her appreciative (mostly) family. Lorena loved playing bridge, engaging with her book club, and being an active member of her beloved PEO chapter where she served in numerous leadership positions. She also served as President of the Cascade County Women’s Medical Auxiliary. Lorena was known for her great intellect. Her knowledge of matters extended far and deep and her memory was infallible, even to her last days. She was a voracious reader and had a keen, quick wit. She was a loyal, caring friend. Beyond all else, Lorena was the best wife and mother. She will be missed terribly, but her family and friends are comforted knowing that Lorena had a long, wonderful life and made this world a better place. A celebration of Lorena’s life is being planned for later this year. Information regarding the service will be posted online at www.SchniderFuneralHome.com when arrangements are made. Lorena was a longtime supporter of the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls. Anyone wishing to make a donation in her name is encouraged to do so to the Museum ((406) 727-8787/www.cmrussell.org).

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Richard Clark Johnson

Dec 25, 1928 - Feb 21, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Richard Clark “Dick” Johnson, 95, of Great Falls, passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. He was born on December 25, 1928, in Eagle Grove, Iowa to Dr. Einer Charles and Lucille (Hinkley) Johnson. He attended public schools and junior college for two years at Eagle Grove. He attended Drake University in Des Moines where he completed his junior year as a Speech and Drama major with a minor in Music Education. Halfway through his senior year, Dick accepted an announcer/newsman position with KCID radio in Spencer. From there he moved to KVFD/AM/FM in Fort Dodge where he was a popular DJ. In June of 1950, Dick married Gladys Wilson in Harcourt. To this union four daughters, Karen, Donna, Joan, and Martha were born. Dick and Gladys divorced in 1970. In June of 1971, Dick married Claudia Arnold of Fort Dodge. They lived in Rochester until moving to Great Falls in the fall of 1971 where he accepted a position with the newly formed Montana Television Network News Division. He was the producer, director, and anchorman for three years. They later divorced in 1993. After he had moved back to Great Falls in 1994, he began his retirement career as administrative assistant to John C. Swartz, CEO of Big Sky Foods Trading, Inc. to operate the US side of the business. John and Dick were also members of the “Bunkhouse Bums Quartet” that had started in the 70s. He married Billie Ann Johnson of Great Falls in February of 1995. She was a local business leader and State Department of Revenue employee. Also in 1950, he began his long Barbershop Quartet career with the “Chord Huskers” quartet. He was a member of the SPEBSQSA, Inc since 1947. This was his first formally organized group that he sang with. They continued to entertain audiences all over the Midwest until 1971, when Dick moved to Montana. He went to Carroll, Iowa in 1953 as a specialist in program development at KCIM radio station. After three years, he moved back to Fort Dodge to work with Ed Breen at the TV station KQTV, later KVFD-TV. He held several positions, including artist/announcer, chief announcer, program director, news director, and special programs development. During this time, he wrote, directed, and starred in the “Uncle Dick’s Funhouse” children’s program. Dick began a long association with world famous composer/conductor, Karl L. King and the Fort Dodge Municipal Band in 1957 that lasted almost four decades. He was still active with barbershop groups, serving as chorus director, arranger, contest arrangement judge, master of ceremonies, and script and show director. Many of his compositions and arrangements were performed on the international contest stage with some of the top medalist quartets. This included three international champions, “Happiness Emporium,” “Pitch Hikers,” and “Renegades.” He had many hobbies as well These included hunting, fishing, camping, 4-wheeling in the mountains of Montana, Native American lore and dancing, composing and arranging music of all types, singing, mushroom and wild asparagus hunting, and flying. He would compose for concert band, barbershop, country western, and secular and church choir arrangements. He had a commercial pilot rating and was proud of his membership in antique aircraft groups. The EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) and the OX-V Club. The latter only granted to pilots who flew (and survived) aircraft powered by the extremely unreliable single ignition engines, such as Waco-9 and 10, Curtiss JN4-D (Jenny) and the Curtiss Robin. Dick and Billie Ann had many diversified and stock holdings in the Montana and Idaho Area. He was a Mason, part of the Royal Arch and Council Degrees. He was also a member of the Knights Templar and Elk’s Lodge. Dick was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Great Falls until his passing. He is survived by his wife, Billie Ann Johnson of Great Falls; sister-in-law, Dorothy Johnson of W Des Moines, IA; children, Joan (Billy) Drewes of W Babylon, NY and Martha (Bob) Kersbergen of Fort Dodge, IA; grandchildren, Grace (Chris) Scheben, Amalia Drewes, Rose (Dan) Kelly, Scott McColley, Rachel McColley, and Matthew (Maria) McColley; great-grandson, Marshall McColley; and several nieces and nephews. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. E.C. Johnson and Lucille Hinkley Johnson; brother, Guy Allen Johnson; and children, Karen and Donna Johnson.

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William Lee Coyle

Jun 17, 1936 - Feb 24, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

William Lee “Bill” Coyle passed away suddenly at his home in Great Falls, on Saturday evening, February 24, 2024, with his wife Joyce at his side. Bill was born on June 17, 1936, to parents Edward and Lena Minette Coyle in Lewistown, MT, the youngest of six children. He spent his childhood in Lewistown and graduated from St. Leo’s High School in Lewistown in 1954. In 1956 he joined the United States Army, serving in Germany for 2 years. After his return from active duty, he married Joyce Yvonne Lindstrand in Lewistown in 1958. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Great Falls where Bill attended the College of Great Falls, graduating in 1962. He then went on to attend the Pacific Coast Banking School to earn a graduate degree in banking. He also attended banking coursework in various other institutions including the University of Notre Dame. During this time Bill and Joyce raised two daughters, Michelle and Laura, and a son, Michael. Bill then went on to spend most of his career in banking, as a vice president of Montana Bank and later vice president at First Interstate Bank, retiring in 1992. Following his retirement, Bill worked at the College of Great Falls serving as Vice President of Institutional Development, until 2000. After his retirement from the College of Great Falls (later the University of Great Falls), Bill served on the Board of Directors of both First Interstate Bank and the University of Great Falls. Many early summers were spent camping and fishing, with an annual weeklong vacation to Twin Lakes, Idaho. Bill and Joyce loved to travel and have been to many parts of the world on cruises and land tours with friends and family. He was a reluctant golfer but enjoyed playing in charity tournaments and participated in many other community events and fund raisers. He was especially proud of his home and yard and enjoyed woodworking, making much of the furniture in their home, building an addition, and doing numerous other home improvement, landscaping, and gardening projects. Bill was an active member of Holy Spirit Parish. In later years, Bill was a volunteer greeter at Benefis Healthcare. He had also become an avid sports fan watching Gonzaga basketball and both college and professional football at every opportunity. Bill loved visiting with his friends over coffee, catching up on local, regional, national and world news and events. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Lena; sisters, Jean, Dorothy, and Shirley; and infant twin brothers, Jim and Jack. Bill is survived by his wife, Joyce of 65 years; daughter, Michelle Coyle of Yakima, WA, daughter, Laura (Jim) Milos of Great Falls; and son, Michael (Melanie) Coyle of Syracuse, Utah; seven grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; as well as six great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice. If you knew Bill, you knew a friend. T The funeral service will take place on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

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William Lee Coyle

Jun 17, 1936 - Feb 24, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

William Lee “Bill” Coyle passed away suddenly at his home in Great Falls, on Saturday evening, February 24, 2024, with his wife Joyce at his side. Bill was born on June 17, 1936, to parents Edward and Lena Minette Coyle in Lewistown, MT, the youngest of six children. He spent his childhood in Lewistown and graduated from St. Leo’s High School in Lewistown in 1954. In 1956 he joined the United States Army, serving in Germany for 2 years. After his return from active duty, he married Joyce Yvonne Lindstrand in Lewistown in 1958. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Great Falls where Bill attended the College of Great Falls, graduating in 1962. He then went on to attend the Pacific Coast Banking School to earn a graduate degree in banking. He also attended banking coursework in various other institutions including the University of Notre Dame. During this time Bill and Joyce raised two daughters, Michelle and Laura, and a son, Michael. Bill then went on to spend most of his career in banking, as a vice president of Montana Bank and later vice president at First Interstate Bank, retiring in 1992. Following his retirement, Bill worked at the College of Great Falls serving as Vice President of Institutional Development, until 2000. After his retirement from the College of Great Falls (later the University of Great Falls), Bill served on the Board of Directors of both First Interstate Bank and the University of Great Falls. Many early summers were spent camping and fishing, with an annual weeklong vacation to Twin Lakes, Idaho. Bill and Joyce loved to travel and have been to many parts of the world on cruises and land tours with friends and family. He was a reluctant golfer but enjoyed playing in charity tournaments and participated in many other community events and fund raisers. He was especially proud of his home and yard and enjoyed woodworking, making much of the furniture in their home, building an addition, and doing numerous other home improvement, landscaping, and gardening projects. Bill was an active member of Holy Spirit Parish. In later years, Bill was a volunteer greeter at Benefis Healthcare. He had also become an avid sports fan watching Gonzaga basketball and both college and professional football at every opportunity. Bill loved visiting with his friends over coffee, catching up on local, regional, national and world news and events. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Lena; sisters, Jean, Dorothy, and Shirley; and infant twin brothers, Jim and Jack. Bill is survived by his wife, Joyce of 65 years; daughter, Michelle Coyle of Yakima, WA, daughter, Laura (Jim) Milos of Great Falls; and son, Michael (Melanie) Coyle of Syracuse, Utah; seven grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; as well as six great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice. If you knew Bill, you knew a friend. The funeral service will take place on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

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Mary Helen Tropila

Apr 28, 1934 - Feb 25, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Mary Helen Tropila, age 89, passed away on February 25, 2024. Service details will be announced at a later date.

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Hilda Grey Matheson

Jul 06, 1938 - Feb 20, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

The hearts of Kenny Matheson and family are heavy as we share the passing of our beloved “Nin.” Hilda became ill following routine surgery and eventually passed comfortably and at peace at Great Falls Clinic Hospital surrounded by her loving family on February 20, 2024. Hilda Grey Matheson was born on July 6, 1938, to Bernice and Braxton Sellers of Thomasville, AL. In her teen years her family moved to Montana to try something new. The winters were too harsh, and her family decided to move back to Alabama. It was at that time Kenny had met her at school and knew he couldn’t let her go back so he proposed, and they were married on June 6, 1954. Together they would be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this year. After they wed, Kenny and Hilda spent 6 months in Alabama with her parents and 4 sisters. When they returned to Montana, they moved out to the farm east of Conrad where they later built their home and raised Stephen, Karen, Brian, Derek, and Sheri. Nin became a mother and caretaker from her early years and never stopped making sure her family was ok up until her passing. Over the years she worked occasionally in town at Country Charm and enjoyed making flower arrangements. Her grandkids especially loved it when she worked so they could go have lunch with her at The Lobby. She was an active member of Golden West and Pondera Valley Lutheran Church and served on the church council as well. Always enjoying being a seamstress, her love for quilting took off in the last couple decades. She especially enjoyed quilting with her daughter Karen and daughter-in-law Rona at their yearly quilt retreat. She found such joy in being in her sewing room and showing off her many (many) incredible creations. She is survived by her sister, Sharon Sisk, McIntosh of AL; her sweet husband, Kenneth Matheson; 5 children, Steve (Rona) Matheson of Conrad, Karen (Richard) Rouns of Helena, Brian (Stacey) Matheson of Conrad, Derek Matheson of Helena, and Sheri (David Myre) Fowler of Conrad. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and many others who she claimed as hers through the years. Hilda was preceded in death by her parents, Bernice Grey and Neal Braxton Sellers; sisters, Blanche (Bob) Reid, Nell (Max) Cain, and Laurine (Glen) Morse; and twin granddaughters, Grace and Mercy Fowler. A celebration of her life will be planned for this spring with details to follow. She was truly the most wonderful woman and her absence from earth will be missed beyond measure until we meet again in Heaven.

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Donald James Peters

Mar 23, 1942 - Feb 19, 2024

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Great Falls, MT

Donald James Peters, born on March 23, 1942, in Pondera County, Montana, passed away on February 19, 2024, at Benefis Hospital in Great Falls. He was welcomed home by his high school sweetheart, Eleanor Peters, and their two sons, as well as his parents, Roland and Myrle George Peters. He is survived by his brother, Alan Peters (Sandy). Eleanor Peters, born on August 29, 1942, in Conrad, Montana, peacefully left this mortal journey on July 28, 2021, at Benefis Teton Medical Center in Choteau, Montana. She was preceded in death by her sons, her parents, Edmond Rose and Doris Rose, and her sister, Myrtl Rose, and is survived by her brother, Steven Rose (Corrine). These two were raised in Teton County, attending Choteau High, where they fell in love. They were married on June 1, 1959, in Great Falls, Montana, and moved to Bynum, where they built a life together and raised their boys. They would go on to be married for 62 years. To know one was to know the other. They pursued countless adventures, including ranching, waterskiing, riding motorcycles, and traveling. As they aged, Eleanor was a resident of Benefis Teton Nursing Home, where Don would spend most days eating and visiting with her. Eleanor’s care at Benefis Teton Medical Center was exceptional. The family would like to thank the staff for their wonderful care of Eleanor. Eleanor loved pretty things and a good prank. Nothing quite tickled her as much as being the mastermind behind a good prank or receiving a good scare. Donald had a mind for business and telling a good story. To hear Donald tell a story was almost hard to believe. One always wanted to be the one Donald was sharing his story with. They are preceded in death by their sons, Charles (Chuck) Peters and Clint Peters. They are survived by their sons, Mitchell (Elaine Peters) and Roy Peters, grandchildren Jamie Eshleman, Nathan Peters, Teague Peters, Nicole Henderson, and Amanda Coles, and great-grandchildren Lane and Chase Eshleman, Roland and Easton Peters, Amelia Peters, Gideon, Simon, Dawson, and Orson Henderson, and Mason, Brooklyn, Taylum, and Treyson Coles. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled for May 28, 2024, at Stage Stop Inn in Choteau, starting at 4 PM. To to the family or in memory of Donald James Peters, please

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