Written by Wolf Point Herald
Nancy Bjorge Hjelm, 59, of Cave Creek, Ariz., formerly of Culbertson, Mont., passed away on Sept. 9, 2012, at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, N.M.
Nancy is predeceased by her parents, Audrey McNeil Ostby and Ralph Bjorge.
She is survived by her sister, Carol Frideres; her brother, Don Bjorge; her daughter, Brooke Hjelm; and her daughter’s father, Brock Hjelm.
Nancy was born Feb. 26, 1953, in Culbertson, Mont. She graduated from Culbertson High School in 1971 and went on to study architectural drafting at Montana State University in Bozeman prior to her returning to Culbertson to run “the bar” or what was previously known under her ownership as The Stagecoach and, later, The Coach.
Nancy spent much of her life as a manager and business owner of the bar in Culbertson and later also a restaurant and art store/gallery. During this time, she was actively involved in many community events, including yearly Halloween and New Year’s Eve parties, the Culbertson Centennial, Frontier Days and the Culbertson rodeo, amongst many other activities that kept her busy.
She moved to Arizona in 2002 to be closer to her daughter, Brooke, and to pursue her dreams of becoming an artist liaison, connecting Native American, Montana and Southwest art to as many people as possible. She achieved her goals of marketing and selling artwork throughout the Southwest, but more than anything, she was privileged and thankful to have met and become friends with so many artists and talented people.
Nancy was a friend to ALL. She will be remembered as a creative soul with an enormous heart.
There will be two services for Nancy Bjorge Hjelm. A candlelight vigil will be held at 7 p.m. in the historical church located at the Cave Creek Museum in Cave Creek, Ariz., on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. Vigil will include a short reception where beloved friends and artists will have the opportunity to decorate Nancy’s urn so that she may take a piece of Arizona with her, and will be followed by a Native American prayer service at about 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Culbertson, Mont., on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. Nancy’s ashes will be placed in the Culbertson Cemetery followed by a reception at the church.
For their care and devotion to Nancy, and their immense support of Nancy’s daughter in the past few weeks, Brooke asks that all memorial donations be made to: St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, 455 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505.