Written by Darla Shumway
Mary Wilma Waller, a longtime area resident, died Tuesday evening, Jan. 21, 2014, at the Northeast Montana Health Center in Poplar, where she had been a resident for the last nine months.
She was born in Great Falls March 15, 1919, to Frank and Lillian Murray of Homestead. She attended school during her early years in her grandparents’ yard, then country school, and eventually graduated from Froid High School.
She married Halles Waller Dec. 21, 1938, and they moved to a small house on Smoke Creek where they began their married life. They then moved that house to the present location, west of Froid, where they engaged in farming and raised their four children, Sharon, James, Donna and Thomas.
She was noted for her sewing abilities, sewing and altering for friends and family, quilting and crocheting to the benefit of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always had some sewing project by her chair. She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.
She was preceded in death by daughter, Donna; one grandson; one great- grandson; and husband, Halles.
She is survived by her children, Sharon Harmon of Ellendale, N.D., James Waller of Missoula and Thomas Waller of Froid; 11 grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren; nine great- great-grandchildren; and one sister, Margaret Tompt of Plentywood.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 27, at the Froid Lutheran Church. Interment was at the Homestead Cemetery in Homestead.