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Category Archives: Obituaries

Esther Mae Metcalf McConnell Petty

Esther Mae Metcalf McConnell Petty, daughter of Ray and Grace Metcalf, and granddaughter of Bitterroot homesteader and Stevensville town-father, John Dowling, passed away on March 23, 2014 at 93 years of age. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, she was born in Stevensville on February 20, 1921. Descendents from her marriage to Leonard…

Barbara Louise Nelson

Barbara Louise (Sargent) Nelson passed away March 28, 2014, a week after celebrating her 91st birthday. She was born March 19, 1923 to parents, Willis Bailey and Vera Elizabeth (Stock) Sargent in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The family, including Barbara and older brother Donald Malcolm Sargent moved to Powell, Wyoming in 1929. Here Barbara attended school, enjoying…

Warren E. Herbert

Florence – Warren E. Herbert, age 85, died at home with his family Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Florence, MT. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 5125 US Highway 93 South, Florence MT. Warren was born on March 8, 1929, in…

J. Carter Mason

Stevensville  -  J. Carter Mason, 72, of Stevensville, passed away Thursday, March 27th, at St. Patrick Hospital of natural causes.  He was born April 9th, 1941, in Helena, Montana, to James and Donna Mason. The family moved to the Bitterroot in 1951. He attended Lone Rock School, Stevensville High School, and the University of Montana….

Frances Haley Cote

Stevensville  – Our earth angel took her wings on March 13 and departed on her journey to rest and find the peace she knew would await her. She was as elegant and dignified in her passing as she was in life. Her circle has been completed and so many have had the benefit of knowing…

Donald R. Thomas

Hamilton – Donald R. Thomas, 91, of Hamilton passed away after a full life on March 11, 2014. Don was born January 17, 1923 in Buffalo, New York to Llewellyn and Margaret Thomas. Don married his childhood sweetheart (Violet Valentine) after high school. In the Army during World War II, he fought in the Battle…

Janet (Jan) Arlene Ames

  Janet (Jan) Arlene McKenzie Ames, 80, returned to her heavenly home on February 24, 2014 while wintering in St. George, Utah, from her home in Victor, Montana. She was born May 9, 1933 in Burbank, California to Marjorie Evelyn Bond McKenzie and Leslie Henry Franklin McKenzie. She married Jim Bill Ames on November 17,…

Alice C. Brown

Stevensville – Alice C. Brown, born May 23, 1936, passed away on March 1, 2014 after a long illness. Alice was raised in Billings, the daughter of Joseph F. and Irene K. (Gifford) Kehrwald, and graduated from Billings Central High School in 1954. A devout Catholic, Alice married Thomas J. Brown on November 20, 1954…

Gayle Wells Radcliffe

Florence – Gayle Wells Radcliffe passed away after a short illness on February 22, 2014, in Florence, Montana, surrounded by her family. Gayle was born to John and Helen Wells on October 20, 1936 in Stapleton, Nebraska. Later, she married the love of her life, Harold Lavern Radcliffe, from Arnold, Nebraska. Gayle continued to live…

Christopher Michael Ralls

Chris Ralls died unexpectedly December 7, 2013 at St. Pat’s Hospital in Missoula. He was born August 15, 1968 in Hamilton, Montana to Bev and Vic Ralls. He grew up in the small town of Florence surrounded by many childhood friends. He graduated from Florence High School in 1987 where he enjoyed playing basketball. He…