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October 2003 Obituaries

ARLEE -- Joan Arlee died here on Oct. 30, 2003. Born in Seattle in 1951, Joan's ancestry was from the Stó:lo territory in British Columbia. She is survived by her husband, Johnny Arlee (Arlee); three children: Terry Parker (Arlee); Janine Parker (Forks, WA) and her children, Ashley Akin, Jennifer Lawrence, Amanda Lawrence, A.C. and Linda; and Gordon Johnson (Neah Bay, WA); stepchildren JaBleau Arlee, Travis Arlee and Troy Arlee; and four step-grandchildren. She is also survived by her paternal aunt, Nellie Joe, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Joan was predeceased by her mother, Dorothy Joe; her father, Oliver Peters; her stepfather, Gib Haver Camp; baby boy Arlee; uncles Donald Andrew, Art Andrew, William Andrew, George Andrew, James Andrew and Paul Tabafunda; aunts MaryLou Andrew, Virginia Tabafunda and Deliah Andrew; and grandparents August and Annie Andrew. While she was talented in many activities from art to music and participation in various tribal community functions, she is best remembered by most for making everything she was involved in more enjoyable for everyone. Her favorite activities included shopping, gift giving, beading, powwows, fancy and traditional dancing, preparing and eating salmon, meeting new people, horse racing, stick games, scary movies and performing her comical renditions of "Fifi," "Drunken Bertha," "The Elegant Lady" and "Lola." The absolute loves of her life were Johnny and raising her three grandchildren. She loved the Jocko Valley and for it surrendered her citizenship in Canada to live out her life here as an active member of the tribal community. Traditional wake services began Nov. 1 at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Funeral services were conducted on Nov. 3.

POLSON -- Wayne Frederick Bachman died from natural causes on Oct. 2, 2003 at St. Joseph Hospital here. Wayne was born on June, 5, 1917, in Ronan. He attended schools in St. Ignatius. He joined the U.S. army and served during WWII. After the military, he moved back to the Mission Valley. Wayne married Theola Devereaux in 1958 and they had two children, Dorthea and Tana. Wayne lived and worked in Polson. He enjoyed playing cards, solitaire and watching Loony Tunes cartoons. He was a generous man. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Dorthea, and his brother, Neal. He is survived by his daughter Tana Bachman (Polson); two stepsons, Martin "Bud" Papin (Polson) and Darrell Papin (Kicking Horse); a sister, Alice (Finley Point); a brother, Earl (Seattle); three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Oct. 7 in Polson. Interment with military honors followed at the Old Catholic Cemetery in Polson.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. -- Bernadene 'Bernie' Ashley Barrett, 72, died at her home on Oct. 17, 2003, from stroke-related complications. She was born on Nov. 11, 1930, in St. Ignatius, the seventh of nine children born to Charles and Agnes Madsen. She has been a resident of Huntington Beach, Calif., for 35 years. She worked for Mattel Toys for 25 years. After retirement, she enjoyed traveling with her husband, Jan Barrett. They spent many months living in Baja, Calif. Those who knew her well say that if there were music, dancing and a good party going on, she would be in the center of it all. She also enjoyed bowling, fishing, reading, playing games, rock painting, sewing and watching the sun set. An enrolled member of the Salish-Kootenai Tribes, she was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters Cec McClure, Laura McClure and Geneva Stevens; and two brothers, Charles Madsen and Ed Madsen. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children: Greg Carney, Marla Carney, Tim Carney and Toni Barrett; her grandchildren, Kyle Carney, Nichole Carney, Tiffany Carney and Jessica Carney; one great-grandchild; three sisters, Margaret Tildon (Lapwai, ID), Charlene Hansen (Issaquah, WA) and June Cordas (Seattle); and numerous nieces and nephews. No formal services were held.

DAYTON -- Jackie B. Campbell died at her home here on Oct. 8, 2003, from natural causes. She was born Feb. 17, 1929, in Grand Junction, CO, to John and Claire Goldsmith Helman. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Thomas Campbell (Dayton); four children, Thomas Campbell (Polson), Tim Campbell (San Fran.), Phillip Campbell (Roseville, CA), and Karen Burres (Seattle); seven grandchildren; and a brother, Phillip Helman (Ind.). Cremation has taken place and private family services are planned.

POLSON -- Mary Ann (Sarceeman) Costilla died from natural causes on Oct. 10, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital here. She was born on Feb. 28, 1934, to Joseph and Maggie (Home Gun) Sarceeman in Browning, where she grew up and attended Starr School. She married her soulmate, Edward Costilla, in Browning. They moved their family to Houston, TX, in 1967. They moved to Polson in 1989. One of Mary Ann's main accomplishments in life was taking a mission trip to Ecuador in 1985. She made most of her own clothing and was an excellent seamstress and afghan-crocheter. She was known on the Flathead Reservation for her authentic Mexican food. People knew her as the "Tamale Lady." She loved to attend powwows. She especially loved her traditional Blackfeet customs and was fluent in the Blackfeet language, which she taught at Rice University in Houston and Salish Kootenai College. Mary Ann was a devout Christian and a member of the Blackfeet and Peigan Tribes. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Gerald Home Gun; two sisters, Rosalie Cutfinger and Sally Big Beaver; and a grandson, Shawn Smith. She is survived by her husband, Ed (Polson); her children - Felicia "Keela" Smith and Joe (Browning), Ricardo Costilla and Brenda (Polson), Jani M. Costilla (East Glacier), Valerie A. Costilla and Perry Nation (Missoula), David M. Costilla (Polson), Louisa "Lisa" F. Cadman and Darin (Polson), and Jose I. Costilla (Missoula); 13 grandchildren; a sister, Theresa Sarceeman DuBray (Polson); and numerous other relatives. Funeral services were held on Oct. 13 in Polson. Services were also conducted in Browning. Burial was at the Home Gun Cemetery.

POLSON -- Willard Clark Crockett died at his Polson home on Oct. 10, 2003. He was born on Sept. 25, 1919, in Minto Township, N.D., to William Malcolm Crockett and Ethel Skinner, the third of nine children. He attended and graduated from Minto High School, then continued to farm with his family in North Dakota. Willard also continued the Crockett family tradition of raising, working, showing and breeding Clydesdale draft horses. On March 25, 1947, Willard married Lorraine Emma Nuelle of Langdon, N.D. In 1965, Willard and the family moved to Polson, where he developed the Crockett Clydesdale Ranch. He also continued to farm in North Dakota until 1983. Willard was preceded in death by his parents, sister Norma Crockett, brother Nathaniel Colwell Crockett and great-grandson Jacob Kohler. Survivors include his wife, Lorraine; four children and their spouses, Bill and Janet Crockett, Craig and Andrea Crockett, Doug and Kathy Crockett, and Carla and Steve Delay (all of Polson); brother Claude Crockett (ND); sisters Elva Whiting (Polson), Wanelda Schafer (Big Arm), Iona Schmidt (Glendive) and Noreen Bishop (Spokane); nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. A memorial service was conducted on Oct. 15 in Polson.

POLSON -- Lois Kathryn Farnum, 85, died on Oct. 14, 2003, at the Hospice of St. John in Lakewood, Colo. Cremation has taken place and interment will be in Polson at a later date. Lois was born in Virgelle, MT, on Sept. 16, 1918, one of three children of Roland E. and Florence C. (Dubbs) Kingsford. She graduated from Missoula County High School in 1937 and attended the Univ. of Montana. On Oct. 6, 1940, she married Donald D. Farnum in Missoula. Lois lived in Polson for over 60 years. She and Don owned several businesses including The Red and White Grocery Store (in the current location of the Lake City Bakery and Eatery) and a motel (at the current location of the Super 1 Foods of Polson). She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, PEO, Order of Eastern Star and the Amicitias Club. She was church organist for many years and an accompanist for high school musicians and other area groups. She was an intense sports fan. Her family will fondly remember her at the piano, enjoying a card game, working in her yard, gardens and kitchen, and cheering (loudly) for a favorite team, especially the Grizzlies. She is survived by her daughter Jane Laraby (Lakewood); son David Farnum (Littleton, CO); brother Thomas R. Kingsford (Peoria, AZ); four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a niece and two nephews. Contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 811 First Ave., Suite 520, Seattle, WA 98104.

PABLO -- Eli Finley, 18, died on Oct. 3, 2003, as the result of an auto accident. Born July 6, 1985, in Ronan to Alex "Rick" and Sarah Gardipe Finley, he was raised and educated on the Flathead Reservation. Eli was a member of the Conf. Salish and Kootenai Tribes and had many interests such as fishing and hunting -- just about anything outdoors. He was a free-style dancer and enjoyed writing. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sarah Gardipe Finley; a brother Ta'a McKee; grandpa Pete Finley; and grandmother Rose Gardipe. Survivors include his father, Alex "Rick" Finley, Sr. (Ronan); his brothers P.J. Finley (Pablo), Alex Finley, Jr., Jacob Finley and Stephen Finley (Ronan); grandmother Margaret Gardipe (Pablo) and Grandpa Robert LittleBoy (St. Ignatius); as well as a large and extended family of aunties, uncles, cousins and friends. A wake began Oct. 5 at his grandmother's home in Pablo; it moved to the Longhouse on Oct. 6. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on Oct. 9 in the St. Ignatius Catholic Mission. Interment followed in the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery.

PABLO -- Ancil E. "Gene" Freeman died on Oct. 7, 2003, at his home here. Gene was born in Norman, TN, on Jan. 11, 1925. He was the oldest of eight children born to the Rev. Albert and Etta Freeman. He left home at the age of 17 to join the Navy, spending his tour of duty in the Pacific Theater on the destroyer Halsey Powell. Gene was never wounded in the conflict despite the near sinking of his ship by a kamikaze attack. He returned home after the war following his discharge. Shortly after, he joined the Army, serving throughout the Korean War with the 82nd Airborne where he earned a Bronze Star. Gene married Rose Peterson on July 19, 1952. They eventually found their way to Montana, where Rose had been raised. They settled in the Mission Valley and lived there ever since. Gene worked for many years in the Bureau of Indian Affairs and with Kicking Horse Job Corps. He had many interests and hobbies: fishing, hunting, camping, music, reading, bowling and pinochle. He enjoyed all sports. He played semiprofessional ball as a young man. He was a skilled builder and craftsman and liked to spend time in his garden and in the woods surrounding his home. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen Louise; his parents; brothers Duke and Vernon; and sisters June and Lib. He is survived by his wife of 51 years; his daughter and son-in-law, Melody and Robert Blomgren; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Ileen Freeman, and Bill and Donna Freeman; five granddaughters; three sisters, Chris, Gerri and Dionne; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted on Oct. 10 Ronan. A short graveside ceremony followed.

KALISPELL -- Benita Lyon Fulton, 85, died here on Oct. 27, 2003. She was born May 7, 1918, on the Michel Pablo home ranch south of Pablo to Benjamin Nicholson and Effie (McPherson) Lyon. She attended Glacier View Country School for only seven years because she skipped the fifth grade and then went on to graduate from Ronan High School in 1935. There was no money for college even though she earned an honors scholarship, so she stayed home for a year and worked for the Ronan Pioneer newspaper. In 1936, she won a new Ford car in a dollar raffle, promptly sold it and used the money to attend Montana State College in Bozeman, where she graduated with a degree in home economics in 1940. She met Dulane Fulton and married him Dec. 31, 1941, in Oakland, CA. She taught school for 10 years at the Columbia Falls Junior High and Kalispell Junior High. Benita was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, AAUW, Retired Teachers and the Ruth Circle of the Presbyterian Women. She was preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters and one brother. She is survived by her husband; four children and their spouses: Robert and Peggy Fulton (Lewiston, ID), Richard and Suzanne Fulton (Bellingham, WA), Shirley and Jack Vines (Spokane) and Glen and Becky Fulton (Kalispell); eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held on Nov. 2 in Kalispell. The family suggests memorials be given to the Presbyterian Women's Circles, 540 S. Main St., Kalispell; or Hospice Home Health Options, 175, Commons Way, Kalispell, MT 59901.

ARLEE -- Lauralee Hamberg, 17, of Arlee, died on Oct. 29, 2003, at St. Luke Community Hospital in Ronan from injuries sustained in an auto accident. A memorial service was held on Nov. 2 at the family home.

POLSON -- Patricia Joanne Maher Henriksen, 64, died on Oct. 25, 2003, at her home here. Patricia was born on July 20, 1939, in Glasgow. She grew up in Cut Bank, was educated at the Univ. of Montana and served her community, her friends, her husband, her children and grandchildren. After growing up in Cut Bank, Pat attended the Univ. of Idaho one year and graduated from UM in 1961. She helped support her husband, Gale, during medical school by teaching in Wisconsin, South Dakota and Colorado. They served in the military in Alaska before practicing medicine in St. Maries, ID, from 1971 to 1994. Pat's life was the definition of unconditional love to friends and family but especially to her children: Jenifer Mitchell (Kalispell), Monica Nilsson (Post Falls, ID), Craig Henriksen (Spokane) and Clint Henriksen (Polson); her daughters- and sons-in-law; and her nine grandchildren. Pat's passing was preceded by her parents, Hazel and Clarence Maher. In addition to her husband, children and their families, she is survived by her sister Kathy Cottrill and brother Bud Maher. A memorial service was held Polson. The family suggests memorials to the Lake County Search and Rescue, Polson Public Library, American Cancer Society or the American Heart Assoc.

POLSON -- Leonard Max Holt, 73, died on Oct. 21, 2003, at Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center here. Lenny was born May 31, 1930, in St. Ignatius, to Clarence "Smokey" and Lily Holt. At the age of 16, he joined the Army. A year later, he married Ramona Belle Meagher. The couple lived in Missoula, Cut Bank, Kevin and Polson, and in Wisconsin and California. Lenny's career included working at Waldorf-Horner, Carter Refinery, Lake Superior Refinery, Richfield Refinery, Big West Refinery and Flying J Refinery. He and his mother drilled a couple of successful oil wells, and he and his wife operated the Roger D. Holt's Wood Nook for a time. Around 1983, they bought Bert's Place in Kevin and renamed it Oilpatch Junction and worked there until 1994, when he retired due to ill health. They then traveled in their motor home. Lenny enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and visiting with his friends. He was preceded in death by his father and wife; his son, Roger; his daughter, Sheila; and a brother, Lawrence. He is survived by his mother, Lily Holt (Polson); two daughters, Suzette Albert (Sacramento, CA) and Nikki Loudermilk (Libby); a sister, Maxine Hammond; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted on Oct. 25 in Polson. Burial followed at Lakeview Cemetery.

ST. IGNATIUS -- Christine Marie Lozeau Husky, 62, died at her home in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 18, 2003. She was born on Sept. 26, 1941, in St. Ignatius to Thomas Alfred and Margaret Mary (Joscum) Lozeau. Orphaned at a young age, she was raised by her aunts and uncles on the Flathead Reservation and the Coast. A member of the Conf. Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Christine was a mother and later became a foster parent. She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter Julia Evans Green; siblings Annie Lozeau, Irene Louise Lozeau, Daniel Noel Tenas,  Eugene Louise Lozeau  and Ronald "Ronnie" Lozeau. She is survived by her children: Sharon Marker, Charles Logan, Esther Logan, James Logan Jr., Derrick Gibbs, Roseanna Logan, Serena Hill, Maria Jackson-Lopez;  brothers and sisters  Victoria Jane "Vicki" Lozeau (Wapato, WA), Patrick Louis Lozeau (Portland), Edward Lozeau (Worley, ID), Ken Lozeau (Ronan), Thomas Alfred Lozeau Jr. (Ronan) and Victoria Ray Lozeau (St. Ignatius); numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives. Traditional wake services began on Oct. 22 at the Longhouse in St. Ignatius. Interment was at the Pleasant View Cemetery at St. Ignatius.

RONAN -- Faye Jore died on Oct. 8, 2003. She was born Faye Ellen Snyder, one of 14 children born to Wayne and Melva Snyder. Faye was married to Merle Jore for over 47 years. They had six children -- Rick, Roger, Mike, Roxy, Matt and Maxine -- all of whom survive her, along with 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was an avid gardener, reader and cook. She was also a huge supporter of the Ronan community and schools. Faye and Merle were the earliest and biggest supporters of Jore Corp., a company founded by her sons. Faye designed the original and each subsequent expansion of the kitchen and cafeteria at Jore Corp. and her welcome smile touched all of those who enjoyed the homemade meals. Services to honor Faye's life were held on Oct. 12 in Ronan.

LIBBY -- Carmen Viola Adams, 53, died on Oct. 20, 2003, of a genetic illness. Carmen, daughter of Mayble Bear and Clarence Adams, was born on Aug. 30, 1950, at the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation Agency hospital. She is a member of the Medicine Bear Clan of the Assiniboine Tribe, with relatives and ancestors from the Fort Belknap and Fort Peck Indian reservations. Carmen spent her youth along the Hi-Line from Havre to Bainville then onto West Glacier. She attended schools in Harlem, Havre, Culbertson, Bainville and Columbia Falls, where she graduated in 1969. She married Mark Knapton in the fall of 1970. Mark and Carmen owned and operated a daycare and a diesel mechanic shop in Kalispell. Carmen leaves behind her three sons and their families: Jacob and wife Toni and daughter Kendahl and son MacKenzie (Kalispell); David (Kalispell); and Brian and wife Jessica and daughter Rooke (Sturgeon Bay, WI); her parents, Mayble and Bruce Avery (Libby); brother Bernard and wife Kim Azure and family (Arlee); brother Jon Adams (Libby); sister Tammy and husband Cole Anderson and family (Troy); sister Shannon and husband David Cimino and family (San Juan, Puerto Rico); and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by husband Mark; her biological father, Clarence Adams; brothers Rick and Scott Bear, and Mike Adams; sisters Mary Jo and Mickie Joy Avery and Patti Adams; grandparents Joe and Josephine Wakeman; grandfather Benny Bear; and great-grandparents George and Agnes Cochran. Funeral services were held Oct. 24.

SPOKANE -- Louis Lemery, 96, died here on Oct. 23, 2003. He was born on Oct. 14, 1907, in Adams, OR. He attended rural Hillcrest and St. Ignatius Mission elementary schools, graduated from Loyola High School in Missoula in 1927 and from Gonzaga Univ. in 1931. He worked for the Flathead Irrigation Project in Polson and St. Ignatius; was tribal secretary and chief clerk for the Salish-Kootenai Tribes; worked at Cass Lake, MN; and was a realty officer in the Portland office. His interests included hunting and fishing during his years in Montana and golf after moving to Portland. He retired in 1972, following a 30-plus-year career with the BIA. He received the department's Citation for Meritorious Service. He is survived by his son, James L. Lemery (San Diego); daughter Janet L. Rodeghiero (Roundup); nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Ruth Callahan Lemery; parents Albert W. and Minnie Gibson Lemery; sisters Ruth Lemery Udall (St. Ignatius), Louise Lemery Golic Levy (Woodburn, OR); and brother Benjamin Lemery (Woodburn). Private family services will be held. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Gonzaga Univ. in Spokane; Loyola High School in Missoula; St. Ignatius Catholic Church Restoration Fund in St. Ignatius; or the charity of choice.

POLSON -- William V. Loveless died here on Oct. 7, 2003. He was born Feb. 25, 1915, in Kila, to Albert and Iola (Chapman) Loveless. Bill received his schooling in Kila and served in the Navy Seabees from 1942-1945 during World War II. He married Leona Hahn Hawkins in July 1957. They lived at Dayton. The family moved from Dayton to Polson in 1962. During these years they attended the Presbyterian Church in Dayton. In December 1977, Bill became a widower but continued to live in Polson until moving to the Immanuel Lutheran Home in Kalispell in 1996. Bill's early fascination with motors and things that "run" turned into his life's work as an auto mechanic and millwright. He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; brothers Firman, Howard (Happy) and Lawrence (Larry); and sisters Alberta Freeman and Gail Bruch. He is survived by a stepson, Gary Hawkins (Billings); several nieces and nephews; as well as a sister-in-law, Opal Loveless (Polson). A funeral service was held on Oct. 13 in Polson. Interment with military honors followed at the Lakeview Cemetery in Polson.


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