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Kathryn Miller

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Kathryn Miller, 100, of Froid, Mont., more recently of the Bethel Lutheran Home in Williston, N.D., died at the home on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014.  Friends may sign the on-line register book and give their condolences at www.fulkersons.com.
Her Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Culbertson, Mont. Fr. Russell Kovash was the Celebrant. Burial was in the Froid South Cemetery, Froid, Mont.
Kathryn Elizabeth (Hek-
kel) Miller was born Jan. 17, 1914, to German Russian immigrants Gottlieb and Anna Hekkel, 12 miles southwest of Froid, Mont., on the Gottlieb Schledewitz farm. She was the oldest of 11 children, two of whom are still living.  Kathryn grew up among German-speaking families in the area along with their German customs.
Kathryn helped her father out on her parents’ farm at an early age by plowing, raking hay, picking rock, threshing, and many other farm chores. She also helped her mother in the house by baking, cooking, sewing and also caring for her younger brother and sisters.  
She was baptized and confirmed at the Friedens Gemeinde church at rural Froid.  She attended Dam School #5, walking three miles each way to school until she was 16, and then left home to make way for more siblings.  
Kathryn worked at the Froid Hotel and at Chet’s Cafe in Culbertson doing several jobs which included waitressing, baking, making beds and any other duties that came along.  She also worked for various Froid area ladies helping out after the birth of a child. She always went back to her parents’ farm and worked side by side with her family, especially during harvest time.   
On Christmas day 1945, Kathryn married John D. Miller who was a Froid area farmer, at the Catholic church in Culbertson.  Kathryn enjoyed living on the farm where she raised one daughter, Ramona, and two sons, Timothy, and Loren.
Kathryn was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic church in Froid and was involved with the altar society of that church.
Kathryn was an excellent cook and seamstress. She worked at the Froid school lunchroom when needed. She sewed and mended for various Froid area ladies. Kathryn could make a dress or a blouse in no time at all. She made many clothes for her family, as well as tackling leisure suits in the 1970s.
Kathryn was also an excellent cook and shared many German-style meals with her family. There were always home baked goodies to eat as well such as kuchen, cinnamon rolls, pies, cookies and Christmas pastries. Kathryn also enjoyed crocheting and knitting in her spare time. She made many fancy doilies, afghans, sweaters and bedroom slippers for her family. She also enjoyed quilting at the Froid Lutheran Church and also at St. Josephs Catholic church in Williston, N.D., in her later years.
Kathryn was a hard worker and always had a plan for each working day.  Her meals were always at the precise times of 7:00, 12:00 and 6:00.  
Kathryn’s husband of 52 years passed away in 1997 and, in 1998, she moved to Williston next door to her son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.  Kathryn enjoyed company and always had coffee and home baked goodies to share while visiting. Kathryn had a strong conviction for family values that were taught to her by her parents.  
Kathryn had a mind of her own and did not shy away from speaking it if needed. She was a gentle, kind, easy-going lady who had a great sense of humor.  She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
In 2006, Kathryn became a resident of Bethel Lutheran nursing home in Williston. A cat by the name of Tiger came to her Wheatland wing one day and adopted Kathryn’s room as his own. Funny thing was, Kathryn did not care for cats but soon became attached to Tiger.  
Kathryn always said she was going to live to be a 100, and she did.  She is survived by her children, Ramona (Greg) Stout of Manhattan, Mont.; her son, Timothy (Jennifer) Miller of Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., and their two children, Edwin (Staci) Miller and  Katia Miller (Anthony Pansch); and her son, Loren (Roxie) Miller of Williston, N.D., and their two children, Brant (Brianne) Miller and Linaya Miller.  She is also survived by her brother, Clarence (Jean) Hekkel of Billings, Mont.; her sister, Adeline Rasmussen of Helena, Mont.; sister-in-laws, Lorena Hekkel of Culbertson, Mont., Evie Hekkel of Anaconda, Mont., Christine Jensen of Culbertson, Mont., and Ruby Hekkel of Orange Park, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.  
Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; brothers, Gottlieb Jr., Bennie, Pete, Dave (Emma), Edward and Richard; her sisters, Pauline (Ted) Engleman and Othelia (Bob) Schulz; and a brother-in-law, Glen Rasmussen.
Friends called at the church in Culbertson on Tuesday one hour prior to the Mass.
(Paid Obituary)

Susan Skinner

On Dec. 14, 2014, Susan (Susie) Lee Skinner passed away peacefully in her sleep after losing her fight with pancreatic cancer. Susie was 60 years old.
Susie was born in Fallon, Nev., on July 29, 1954. She was born to Selma Lee Skinner and Darrell Howard Skinner. She joined an older sister, Lynda. Since their father was in the Navy, they traveled to many places in the United States until they retired to Helena, Mont. Susie went through high school special needs classes and several years later moved to Dillon, Mont., to the Group Home. She had as many as three jobs at a time and loved meeting new people. Everyone was her friend and greeted her when they saw her.
When the Kambich Group home was built, Susan was fortunate enough to be able to move into a brand new space. She loved her life there and was very fond of all her roommates and the staff. Susie could put together any size jigsaw puzzle and spent many hours of enjoyment at that task. She loved the color red, and her wardrobe definitely proved that. She also loved everything western. She loved going to rodeos and watching them on her TV. She loved to dance!
Susie was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, her father, her mother, and many aunts and uncles.
She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Lynda and Gregg Labatte of Froid, Mont.; her nephew Grant (Laura) Labatte and children Tanner, Haley and Sydney; niece Sabrina Labatte and her children Tristan and Payton. She is also survived by one aunt, Emogene Boslaugh of Eureka, Mont.; and many cousins, including Yogi and Janet Fjeseth and family from Dillon where she spent many holidays. She considered her roommates and staff at the Kambich Group home her family and is survived by them as well.
Memorial services will be held in Dillon, Mont., at the funeral home on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 1 p.m. with burial at a later date in Froid, Mont., next to her mother.
Memorial contributions can be sent to: BSW Inc., Kambich Group Home, 612 Highland, Dillon, MT 59725.
(Paid Obituary)

Jaxen David Anthony Purvis

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Funeral services for Jaxen Purvis, infant son of Shawn Purvis and Jessica Bergstrom, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at Fulkerson Memorial Chapel in Sidney, Mont., with Brother Bede Baldry officiating. Interment was in Kvile Cemetery, Froid, Mont., under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral Home of Sidney. Remembrances, condolences and pictures may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.
Jaxen David Anthony Purvis entered this world on Dec. 1, 2014. After a whisper of time, Jesus took him home to Heaven.
Our Jaxen was a big boy, weighing 9 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. He was only ours for a short moment, but his impact on our lives and hearts will last an eternity.
Jaxen is survived by his loving parents, Jessica Bergstrom and Shawn Purvis; and his proud siblings, Clayton Marchwick and Jordan Purvis. Rest in peace our sweet little angle. We love you!
Also surviving Jaxen are maternal grandparents, John and Mari Bergstrom; paternal grandparents, Doug and Connie Schultz and David Purvis; great-grandparents, Ethel Halland, John and Juneal Bergstrom and Allen Huttig; uncles, Jason (Jessica) Bergstrom and Brad (Samantha) Purvis; cousins, Colin, Arlie, Liz Audrie, Jennifer, Vance, Charli; and numerous great-aunts, -uncles and cousins.
Jaxen was preceded in death by great-grandfathers, Gifford Halland and Vernon Purvis; great- grandmothers, Rita Huttig and Lori Purvis; and great- aunt, Sherry Bergstrom.
An Angel in the Book of Life wrote down my baby’s birth and whispered as she closed the book “too beautiful for Earth.”
(Paid Obituary)

Carreen Crusch

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Carreen Crusch (affectionately known as CC to RV friends) was born May 5, 1938, in Billings, Mont., and passed away on Nov. 14, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nev., after a short illness. She was the oldest of three children born to Evelyn G Bahn and Dallas B. McNeil.
Carreen was very active at her high school in Froid, Mont., including class vice president. She graduated in 1956.
Carreen married her only love Marvin Crusch from Bainville, Mont., in Froid, Mont., in December 1956. They had a son Byron in 1959. He died shortly after he was born. Her four-legged love was their Yorkshire Terrier named “Missy.”
Carreen graduated from
cosmetology school in Washington state in 1964. She built up her client base and handled her business for 15 years.
Although their ‘home’ was in Washington state for 31 years, Marvin’s job took them all over the western U.S. — Nevada, Colorado, Arizona and California. At each site, they made new friends and kept up with them throughout their life. Carreen and Marvin spent the last seven years in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Carreen belonged to several organizations including Elks, Eagles and American Legion. She was also a proud member of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Fort Peck in Poplar, Mont.
Survivors include husband, Marvin Crusch; sister, Ardyce (Bob) Kelly; brother, JB (Vickie) McNeil; and numerous nieces and nephews.
(Paid Obituary)

Darla Broken Leg-Crow

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Darla Dee Broke Leg-Crow, 50, of Brockton died Nov. 29, 2014, at Billings Clinic in Billings.
She was born Sept. 25, 1964, in Poplar to George and Velma (Longhair) Broken Leg. She lived most her life in Brockton and Fort Kipp. She graduated from Brockton High School in 1984 and attended college at U.T.T.C. in Bismarck, N.D., graduating in 1990.  
She worked in many areas of different fields, as a CNA in Poplar, a cook for Fort Kipp Headstart, housekeeping in Mobridge, S.D., and with the guest service department at the Grand River Casino in Mobridge.  
She loved to meet friends, go to pow-wows, basketball and softball games and just be around family and friends. She loved to visit, tease, joke, laugh and listen to music.  She had a personality that everyone loved to know and be around. She was always willing to help anyone out and always there when someone needed someone to talk TO. When she saw her friends, she always greeted them with a smile and hug.  
In 2010, she married Curtis Crow in Mobridge, S.D., and lived there until 2013, then moved back to Brockton.
She is survived by her husband, Curtis Crow of Brockton; son, Dominique Buckles of Fort Kipp; sister, Debbie (Broken Leg) Uses Arrow of Mobridge; brother, Eugene Longee of Poplar; grandmother, Loretta Bear Cub of Fort Kipp; and numerous grandchildren including a special granddaughter, Mishone St. Germain.
She was preceded in death by her son, William G. Broken Leg; brothers, Myree and Ivy Broken Leg; and adopted sister, Millie First.
A vigil service will be held  Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. at the James Black Dog Cultural Center in Fort Kipp. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. at the James Black Dog  Cultural Center in Fort Kipp. Burial will be at the Fort Kipp Cemetery.