Katherine F. Martin
Stevensville – Katherine F. (Waliser) Martin went to be with our Lord
and Savior, Jesus Christ on March 30, 2013 at the Bitterroot Valley
She was born in Miles City, MT on March 30, 1923 to Liberadus and
Celestine Waliser. As a young girl she lived in Miles City and then
moved with her family to Glen Ullin, ND where they lived until they came
to the Bitterroot Valley in 1939. She met Albert Martin in 1940 at a
dance in Hamilton, MT. After his four year service in the US Army, they
married on February 11, 1946 in Hamilton where they resided for one year
before moving to Billings. In 1949 they returned to Stevensville where
they operated a ranch for twenty years in the Illinois Bench area. They
sold the ranch and moved to Missoula in 1970 where they resided until
moving back to Stevensville in 1980.
Survivors include one daughter, Gerri (Ken) Mehr of Spokane, WA; two
sons, Marvin (Diane) Martin of Stevensville and Len (Lee) Martin of
Colorado Springs, CO; three grandchildren, Lori (Scott) Simmert of
Tucson, AZ, Tami Martin of Seattle, WA and Jason (Shallon) Mehr of Bend,
OR; six great-grandchildren, Greg and Jacki Simmert of Stevensville,
Taylor, Christian, Riley and Livia Mehr of Bend, OR; one sister, Ann
Oertli of Vancouver, WA. She was preceded in death by her parents,
husband, brothers, Joe, George, Frank, Pete, Ralph, Nick and Steve
Waliser and sisters, Melvina Froehlic and Mary Waliser.
Katherine was known for her love of her family and friends, her
infectious smile, excellent cooking, crocheting, wonderful hospitality,
love of pinochle and dancing. She will be sorely missed by all who have
known and loved her.
The family wishes to deeply thank the wonderful staff at the Bitterroot
Valley Living Center for their excellent care, love and support of our
mother during her tenure there.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Mission Catholic Church. A reception will directly
follow the mass at the church’s family center. Interment will follow
the reception at the Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton. Condolences and
memories may be left for the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.
Brian L. Wareing
Florence, MT / Golden, CO – Our beloved son died at our home in Golden, CO on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the age of 58 from complications of diabetes. Brian had recently come to our Florence, MT ranch to upgrade his home here, but returned to Golden to do work on the house there which was to be sold.
Brian was born in Green Bay, WI, which was the first of several homes around the world for this military family. Brian was a good student and had a good education. Prior to starting school he lived in Japan, then Hawaii. He then attended school in North Platte, NE, Kincheloe Air Force Base in MI, then back to North Platte. He attended international school in Bangkok, Thailand in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, and in 7th grade was back in North Platte. He finished his high school education in Golden, CO and then moved to the ranch in Florence and got a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Montana. In his education years, Brian proved to be an exceptional athlete. He played first base for a junior baseball program and his team won first place for three years. However, his athletics ended in this senior year at Golden High while playing end on the football team. His knee was badly injured and was operated on by the surgeon for the Denver Broncos football team who told him he was starting out life with a 90-year-old knee.
In business Brian managed the ranch in Florence, MT. He then moved to Golden, CO where his parents resided and revived the house painting company he had started at age 16. This business was his primary company but he worked at other companies as well. He had an opportunity to return to Asia as a reporter for Soldier of Fortune Magazine and spent several years there. He headquartered in Bangkok but covered several countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Burma, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. His reports on the Chinese/Vietnamese War were classics.
Brian returned from Asia with a Thai bride, however, the marriage didn’t last long and his wife returned to Thailand. Meanwhile, the business thrived and was expanded to include a pest control company. Also during this time, Brian continued to participate in the Montana family business and became a one-fourth owner of the LLC that manages the family business and ranch. As stated previously, recent plans were to help sell the house in Golden and return to Florence to be active in the family company.
Brian is survived by his parents, LaVere H. Wareing and Donna L. Wareing, his younger brother Bruce V. Wareing, and nephew Owen Wareing.
Services were held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Dayspring Church in Florence. Condolences and memories may be left for the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.
Dolores Marie Everson Abrams
Florence – Dolores Marie Everson Abrams, 78, passed away at her home in Florence on Saturday, March 23, 2013.
She was born February 6, 1935 to Raymond and Francis “Fritz” Everson, the oldest of four children. She attended Florence-Carlton School. She married Gale “Abe” Abrams in 1935 and had three children, Debbie, Linda, and Danny.
She was a wonderful caretaker, wife, and mother. She always gave everything of herself, no matter what. Her traditions and wisdom will never be forgotten. Her brother Bill: “Couldn’t have had a better sister.”
Her favorite song was “Tennessee Waltz” because it reminded her of her mom and dad. “Every time they heard it they danced to it, it was their song,” she said.
She was preceded in death by her husband Gale Abrams, daughter Debbie Abrams, parents Raymond and Fritz Everson and brother Fred Everson. She is survived by her devoted son, Danny, at the family home in Florence, her daughter Linda Kenaston of Missoula and six grandchildren: Brian, Ryan, and Rebecca Kenaston of Missoula, and Katina, Lori, and Robbie Abrams; her brother, Bill Everson of Hall, her sister, Darlene Dix of Helena, and numerous nieces and nephews.
“Mom, Danny and I were so lucky to have had you as a mother. You were our rock with a heart of gold. You touched everyone’s lives. We love and miss you, mom. God bless you and keep you till we can all be together again.”
Arrangements are under the care of Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville. No services will be held per her request. Condolences and memories may be left for the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.
Melyssa R. Scott
Melyssa Rochelle Scott, of Missoula, at the tender age of 18, departed this world on Wednesday, March 27 at Community Medical Center.
Melyssa was born January 31, 1995 in Missoula to Donna Scott. She was a beautiful soul the moment she was born until the moment her life ended. Melyssa is known by many and loved by all. She was a wonderful mother, sister, aunt, cousin, daughter, granddaughter, and friend.
On August 2, 2012 she gave birth to her most cherished Amayah Lynn. Melyssa loved Amayah more than any life could ever be loved. Melyssa was a very free spirit, she didn;t let anything or anyone keep her back from her dreams and wishes. She had one of the fullest lives imaginable. For that she will be missed dearly.
Melyssa is survived by her mother Donna, stepfather Frank, grandparents Linda and Jim, sister Deanna, brother Carl, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Melyssa may be gone but never forgotten.
The family has decided to keep her memorial undisclosed; close friends and family will be contacted for further information about her memorial services. For more information, or donation options please call the information line at 406-282-1522. Condolences and memories may be left for the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.