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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.

Charlotte Tronson

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Charlotte C. Tronson, 79, died March 7, 2015, in Plentywood at Sheridan Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Winona, Minn., a daughter of Floyd and Alma Axness in 1935. The family moved to Medicine Lake, where she attended Medicine Lake Public Schools, graduating in 1953, and continued education in Omaha, Neb. She enjoyed a long career in the U.S. Postal Service as postmaster in Antelope.
She is survived by her husband, Melvin Tronson Jr. of Medicine Lake. They have made their life farming/ranching and raised five children, Kerri Hart of Enumclaw, Wash., Stacy Brunsvold of Sidney, Steven Tronson of Medicine Lake, Sharri Lunde of Medicine Lake and Stephanie Tronson of Fort Worth, Texas. She is survived by nine grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and a sister, Adeline Ueland.
She is preceded in death by a brother, Willard.
She was known for her many talents, some of which included cooking, decorating, quilting and entertaining. She was a gracious and lovely lady, known to be well-dressed and hair perfected.
Strong in faith, God lived in her life.
A service celebrating her life will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 12, at Medicine Lake Lutheran Church.

Jennifer French Gilbert

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Jennifer French Gilbert, 53, of Culbertson died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Culbertson.
She was born in Portland, Ore., Aug. 24, 1961, to James French and Rosemary Baechler French.  She graduated from Pendleton High School in 1979 and from Oregon Institute of Technology in 1981 with an associate of arts degree in dental assisting. She later earned a pharmacy technician certificate.
She married Rick Gilbert in 1984 and had two daughters, Brittany and Rachael.
She enjoyed testing new recipes or creating her own.  Her special joy was cooking for family and friends.  She was also an accomplished seamstress and delighted in making Halloween costumes and special occasion clothing for her girls.  She was very involved with her family as a ranch wife, 4-H volunteer parent and sports mom.
She is survived by her husband, Rick Gilbert of Culbertson; daughters, Brittany and Rachael Gilbert of Culbertson; and her mother, Rosemary French of Culbertson. She is also survived by five daughters and one son by choice.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Culbertson. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.

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