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Susan “Sue” Katherine Patch
Nov. 29, 1944 ~ Oct. 3, 2015
Susan “Sue” (Winter) Patch, 70, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point, Mont. Sue was born Nov. 29, 1944, in St. Paul, Minn., to Elmer and Veronica Winter. She was the middle child and only girl of five children.
Sue attended schools in St. Paul, Minn.; graduated from high school in Mason City, Iowa; and graduated from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, with a degree in education. She obtained a master’s degree in education from Walden University in 2002. She fulfilled a lifelong dream when she obtained her pilot’s license in 1983.
Sue married Ralph “Jim” Patch on July 12, 1974, celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2014. They were blessed with two girls, SAM and Michelle, whom they adopted from South Korea. Sue held a special place in her heart for her four grandchildren, Gabe, Cory, Kate and Conner. They could talk Grandma into almost anything. They loved her “famous” fudge and banana bread.
In 1975, while Jim was stationed in Okinawa for the U.S. Army Security Agency, Sue worked for the Naval Investigative Service. Once they returned stateside, Sue taught elementary school in Spokane, Wash., while Jim completed Law School at Gonzaga University.
They moved to Wolf Point in 1980 where Sue taught at the Northside Elementary School until she retired in 2011. She served the children of Wolf Point as a fourth-grade and sixth-grade teacher, Title I teacher and a reading specialist. She worked for several Montana colleges, including Fort Peck Community College, helping to prepare students to become educators.
Sue enjoyed playing cards with her dear friends, Eileen, Susie and Diane. They had many good times, taking trips together, working rummage sales and simply visiting. They liked to play jokes on one another and often laughed until they cried.
Sue enjoyed traveling and, in May 2015, fulfilled another dream of going on an Alaskan cruise. She always said she wanted to walk on a glacier and she did. She was an avid bird watcher and had numerous bird houses in her yard. Sue treasured family and remained very close with her brothers, cousins and extended family. Sue enjoyed their get-togethers so much she described such gatherings as “a party.”
Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Veronica (Haley) Winter; and older brother, Bob Winter.
Sue is survived by her husband, Jim Patch; her daughters, SAM Weddle (Matt Gilligan) of Billings, Mont., and Michelle Patch (Adem Riecken) of Virginia Beach, Va.; grandchildren, Gabriel Patch, Cory Weddle, Katherine Weddle and Conner Gilligan; honorary grandchild, Kai Chang; her brothers, Tom Winter (Kay) of Portage, Wis., Jim Winter (Katie) of Great Falls, Mont., and Steve Winter of Davenport, Iowa; numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.
Sue was extremely grateful for life and for what she had. Even in her final days, she specifically requested that the staff of Faith Lutheran Nursing Home and Trinity Hospital be thanked for all the kind and professional care she received.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wolf Point, Mont. A private graveside service will be held on a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Wolf Point 100 Club, P.O. Box 1001, Wolf Point, MT 59201.
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Pierre Dale “Fritz” Youpee Sr., 68, of Poplar, died Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Poplar.
He was born Feb. 21, 1947, in Poplar to Josephine Youngman and Leroy Youpee Sr. He attended schools in Poplar, Brockton and Pierre, S.D. He was known to his family and friends as "Fritz" or "The Cat.".
He was known to be always joking around and making his friends laugh. He loved his music such as church music, pow-wow music, ‘60s music and western tunes as well.
He liked to visit with friends and they would talk about old times and laugh about crazy things they did. He joked about being a cowboy riding bulls in the rodeos (of course) and all his friends would chime in and tell a story too and they would all have a good laugh.
He is survived by his sons, Kalijah Good Soldier, Cory, Cliff and Pierre Youpee Jr.; brothers, Willard Dean Youpee of Great Falls, Colma Roy Youpee of Oakland, Calif., Merle Boyd Youpee of Portland, Ore., Leroy of Billings and John, Lloyd, Henry, James and Bernard Youpee, all of Poplar; sisters, Georgia Red Eagle, Joanne Browning, Ilona Jo, Mary, Pauline, Burma, Corina; and stepmother, Darlene Youpee. and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Richard Russel; daughters, Tiffany Hale and Irene Turns Plenty; brothers, Charles Wakan, Dennis Ray and Larry Gene Youpee; and one sister, Charlotte Wakan.
A funeral service was held Monday, Oct. 5, at the Poplar Cultural Center. Interment was at the Poplar City Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Darla Jeannette “Ladybug” Cantrell, 49, of Portland, Ore., died Oct. 2, 2015.
She was born Oct. 17, 1965, in Poplar to Judy Rae Archambeau and Milton Charles Cantrell. She was the second child of Judy Rae's five children.
She was a lover of people, music, dance and adventure. She resided in Portland, Ore., primarily for the last 16 years. She did move around, but she considered Portland her home.
Her education began at Clover Creek Elementary School in Puyallup, Wash. She attended Poplar Schools in Poplar, Paris Gibson Jr. High in Great Falls, and Chief Leschi school in Tacoma, Wash.
To finish off her academic career, she also attended Job Corps in Astoria, Ore. Unfortunately, school just wasn't her favorite thing, but that didn't stop her from receiving her G.E.D. With that, she was able to attain culinary secondary education and cooking was her true passion.
She had a gift for bringing people together and loved them unconditionally with no qualms.
She was the apple of Gram Marie's eyes and they were together almost since day one.
She especially enjoyed pow-wows and loved to fancy dance. She was amazing and Gram sewed all of Darla's dresses and beaded all her regalia.
She also gave birth to children whom she loved with her whole being. Unfortunately, she did not get to spend her life with all of her children. Her children were born Dec. 5, 1982; May 5, 1985; Sept. 7, 1987; Aug. 16, 1994; Sept. 16, 1995; Oct. 16, 1996; Feb. 19, 2000; May 17, 2001.
She was preceded in death by father, Henry David Mitchell; and baby sister, Henrietta Marie Mitchell.
She is survived by brother, Russell Wayne Cantrell; sister, Tomi Rae Mitchell Peterson; brother, Robert Henry Mitchell; her children, Russ'ett Lynn, Janelle Marie, Courtney Lee (Cantrell), Colleen Joy, Clanci Fawn, Tudie Raine, Richard Ben Jacob, Malia Le Rae (Crosby); and numerous grandchildren.
A rosary will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Poplar City Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.
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Ruth M. Portra, 88, of Froid, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, at Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson.
She was born on Oct. 8, 1926, in Dane Valley, McCabe, the daughter of Mark and Maude (Blowers) Davis. She is the last one of the Davis family. She grew up in the Bainville area and attended rural schools.
On March 18, 1947, she married James R. Portra. They made their home in the Bainville area, where they raised their family. She helped her husband with his custodian duties at the Bainville Schools. They moved to Poplar then to Plentywood before returning to the family farm in East Froid in 1980 and, in 1990, they moved into Froid.
Her husband, James, died in November 2000 and she remained in Froid. In 2013, she entered the Roosevelt Memorial Nursing Home.
She enjoyed fishing with her husband. She also enjoyed cooking, baking and taking care of their five children.
She is survived by her two daughters, Linda Brunelle of Longview, Wash., and Arlis Curtis of Spring Creek, Nev.; her three sons, Kenneth Portra, Lustre, Roger Portra, Raymond, Wash., and Byron Portra, Joplin, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two sisters; and three brothers.
At her request, cremation has taken place under the direction of the
Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Sidney.
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Allen Larsen, 97, longtime Culbertson educator, of Culbertson, more recently of Keizer, Ore., died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, at Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson.
Cremation will take place and memorial services are pending for later this month in Culbertson. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Williston is assisting the family.