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Ellen Babbitt

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Ellen Bowers Babbitt, 87, passed away on April 8, 2015, at Swedish Hospital in Edmonds, Wash.
She was born on July 17, 1927, in Culbertson, Mont., to Edgar L. and Ruth Jacoby Bowers. Ellen grew up in Culbertson and graduated from Culbertson High School. She attended college in Bozeman, Billings and Great Falls, Mont., earning a degree in nursing.
Ellen began her nursing career at the Montana Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls where she worked for many years. She moved to Seneca, and later to Walhalla, S.C., and worked at the Oconee Memorial hospital until she retired.
Ellen had five children: Michael Miles, South Bend, Ind., Richard Miles-Babbitt of Missoula, Mont., and Bonnie Miles, of Edmonds, Wash., and Susan Babbitt and Thomas Babbitt of Walhalla, S.C. She also had six grandchildren six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She had two brothers, Jack and Ed Bowers; and three sisters, Alberta Clawson, Marjorie Burkitt and Joyce Erickson.
Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jack Bowers; and her son, Michael Miles.
Ellen enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening and stained glass. She was very talented and creative. She had many friends at the Extension office in Walhalla that shared her interests.
Services are pending at Golden Corners Church in Walhalla and a later service in Missoula.
She was much loved and will be deeply missed.
Condolences may be left on Ellen Babbitt’s online guest book at www.becksfuneralhome.com.
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Roxa “Roxie” Wagar

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Funeral services or Roxa "Roxie" Wagar were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015. Rev. John Nadasi officiated at the service at the Scobey United Methodist Church; interment was in Scobey Cemetery. Casketbearers were her grandchildren. Frank Hoffart was usher.
Roxie died early Thursday morning at Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson, where she had been resident for the last five years. Family and friends gathered at Fulkerson's in Plentywood at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening to remember her life.
Roxie, the first of six children born to Leroy and Luetta (Snyder) Dickinson, was born Nov. 7, 1917, in Scobey. When she was in eighth grade, she quit school. There was no bread in the house, so she stayed home to bake bread — and never went back.
She was married in May 1935 to Alfred Wagar in Scobey. They were blessed with five healthy children: Pauline, Irene, Ellamae, Eugene and Sharon. They moved to Wheeler, while Alfred worked on the Fort Peck Dam, then returned to Scobey, where Roxie worked in restaurants as a cook and baker.
In 1965, they left to help Irene and her family with the bar they owned in Greycliff, then later moved to Great Falls to work in a grocery store with Irene’s family. They then moved to Billings, where she and Alfred volunteered as foster grandparents.
In 1986, they moved to Minneapolis to help Sharon with her children, while she returned to college; and in 1989 they returned to Plentywood, where she volunteered at Glenwood.
Alfred passed away in March 1991. On Roxie’s 90th birthday, she gifted each of her children with some silver dollars he had saved over the years. She moved to Culbertson, where she enjoyed going to Senior Citizens and her hobbies of reading, working puzzles (to prevent Alzheimer’s) and embroidering dishtowels.
In 2010, Roxie entered the Roosevelt Memorial Nursing Home after an injury to her foot. She enjoyed all the activities of exercise, singing, and coffee time and will be missed by the staff and residents there.
Roxie is survived by her children, Pauline Thomas, Irene Cole, Ellamae (Rodney) Iverson, Eugene Wagar and Sharon Bahma; and by her grandchildren, Kathy (Frank) Hoffart, Doug Michels, D.A. (Stefanie) Michels, Jeff (Debbie) Cole, Cory Cole, Suzy Cole, Darryl (Suzanne) Severson, Ray Alan Severson, Danny Severson, Rick Severson, Steven (Andrea) Severson, Sheila Wagar, Michael Wagar, Roxy (Mark) Murphy and Christy (Heath) Lewis. She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Michelle (husband Bill and children Megan and Bill) O’Laverty; Jeff (his wife Tami and their children Gavin, Heath, and Alonna) Lindblom; Alyssa Cole, Tucker Severson, Trevor Severson, David Severson, Cody Severson; Mallory, Brady, River, Shaden, Marli, Colby, Ariel, Patrick, Keira and Shylla Severson; Savannah and Bradon Severson; Kenzie, Ashlyn, Bevin, and Keagan Murphy; Jordan, Trace, Kylie (and her son Damon) Wagar. She is also survived by a brother, Elmer Dickinson; and a sister, Maxine Rogers, as well as by several nieces and nephews that loved her dearly and thought of her as “the success in their family tree!”
Roxie was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred; infant daughter Edna; and siblings, Hazel, Arthur and Vernon.
Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood has charge of arrangements: Read and print the obituary, post remembrances, and send cards and flowers online at www.fulkersonsplentywood.com.
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Esther Loomer

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Funeral services for Esther Loomer, 100, of Culbertson, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 405 E 5, Culbertson, Mont., with Pastor Gretchen Wagner officiating. Interment will take place in Hillside Cemetery in Culbertson, Mont., under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral Home of Sidney. The family suggests a memorial gift be given to the Glasgow High School Educational Trust, c/o Jeanine A. Markle, 904 Wedum Drive, Glasgow, MT 59230-1541 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Remembrances, condolences and pictures may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.
Esther Emma Dumke Loomer was born just over 100 years ago on Feb. 1, 1915, on the family farm near Fergus Falls, Minn., to William and Henrietta Peterson Dumke. She joined two brothers and a sister and was later joined by another brother. She attended country school and graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1933.  She was employed as a legal secretary.  
On Nov. 24, 1939, she married her high school sweetheart, Francis W. Loomer. It was the year that President Roosevelt moved the Thanksgiving date earlier in an attempt to bolster retail sales during the Great Depression. Their first home together was in Bowman, N.D., where Fran was teaching school and coaching. Early in their marriage, he once left her in a school gym until his team reminded him that his new wife had come along to the game. In 1946, they settled in Glasgow, Mont. They lived there until 2010 when they moved to Cul-
bertson, Mont., to be nearer their daughter, Jill. Esther and Francis were married for nearly 72 years. Born to this union were a son, Douglas, and a daughter, Jill.
Esther taught Sunday school and held many offices in the Congregational Church, including treasurer and chairman of the women’s group. She was a 50-year member of PEO and Order of the Eastern Star, of which she was a Worthy Matron. She was a 4-H leader and a Cub Scout den mother.  
Esther enjoyed needlework, petit point, needlepoint, knitting and tatting. When Fran retired, they wintered in Mesa, Ariz., where she attended porcelain painting classes and created many beautiful pieces of her own design. She very much enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles and playing cards.  She was an excellent cook and baked bread and other goodies on a regular basis.  Esther was always a positive person and saw the bright side of life, being an inspiration to many.  
Esther died on Monday, March 23, 2015, at the Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson, Mont.
Esther is survived by her children, Douglas Loomer (Suzanne Ostrem) of Bigfork, Mont., and Las Cruces, N.M., and Jill Herness (Donald) of Culbertson, Mont.; granddaughter, Lindsey of Culbertson, Mont.; and many nieces and nephews.  
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Arthur, Carl and Henry; sister, Ethel; husband, Francis; and her granddaughter, Jami Marie Herness.
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Phyllis Browning


Phyllis Mary Rohrenbach Browning, 92, died March 22, 2015, in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
Phyllis was born Sept. 27, 1922, in McCabe, Mont., to Philip and Mary Rohrenbach. She graduated as valedictorian in Culbertson and received an associate’s degree from Montana State.
Phyllis married Albert Leslie Browning on July 22, 1950. They resided in Montana and California. She worked as a civil servant with the FCC for 20 years.
Phyllis really enjoyed being a mother and was known to be highly enthusiastic at her children’s sporting events. At the age of 55, she won a mother/daughter golf tournament with her daughter. She was a devout Catholic who enjoyed sports, stamp collecting, reading, playing canasta, and was well known for her positive attitude.
After retirement, she and her husband resided in Orem, Utah, with her son James. After her husband’s death, she continued to live with James in Pleasant Grove, Utah. She also resided in Blaine, Wash., with her son, Les, for two years and with her daughter, Phyllis Anne, in Omaha, Neb., for a year and a half, before returning to Pleasant Grove.
Survivors include her daughter, Phyllis Anne Stack (Steven Kurtenbach), Omaha, Neb.; son, James (Karlene) Browning, Pleasant Grove, Utah; son, Les (Lucille) Browning, Blaine, Wash.; and son, John (Jean) Browning, Henderson, Nev. She has seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert, in 1995 and by three brothers, three sisters and a grandson, Bryan Browning.
Family and friends could visit with the family from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at the Berg Mortuary of Orem, 500 North State Street. Phyllis will be interred beside her husband at Utah State Veterans Memorial Park at Camp Williams. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to Catholic Relief Services (http://www.crs.org/) and condolences may be sent online at www.bergmortuary.com.
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Tyrone Jones


Tyrone Allen Jones, 40, of Poplar, died March 12, 2015, at Poplar Hospital.
He was born in Williston, N.D., Nov. 18, 1974, to Sybil Darlene Jones. He was the youngest of five siblings. He lived in Brockton with his mother until her death in January of 1982.  He then went to live with his uncle and aunt Ray and Aurelia Bets His Medicine of Fort Kipp.
He attended school in Brockton and graduated with high honors in 1993.  He was a highly intelligent young man and proved so in many areas of his life. He was also involved in high school sports, especially basketball making it to the state Class C tournament in 1992.
During his high school years, Jim Dillon of Brockton took him under his wing and helped and guided him like he was own son. He also spent time under Terry and Debbie Wagner’s care. He thought the world of these people who touched his life and spoke very highly of them.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Debbie Scott, and brother, Carly Scott.
He is survived by his sons, Anthony Spotted Bird of Brockton and Carlus Jones of Poplar;  daughters, Prairie Jones of Canada and Brittany Running Rabbit of Browning; seven grandchildren; sister, Claudia Scott of Fort Kipp; and brother, Tom Scott of Fort Kipp.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, at the James Black Dog Center in Fort Kipp. Interment followed at Fort Kipp Cemetery.
Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.

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