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Carrie Ruth Brooks Smith, 57, of Billings, passed away Wednesday April 15, 2015, at Billings Clinic with family by her side.
Carrie was born Feb. 8, 1959, in Glasgow, Mont., to Elbridge “Bill” Paul Brooks Jr. and Grace Marlene Brooks. She was one of three children.
She graduated from Frazer High School and then went to Northern Montana College.
Carrie was a branch manager for Cenex (Zip Trip). Carrie maintained a sense of humor and always had a good hearty laugh for all who were around her. She was always ready to help her family in anyway. Her favorite job was being a grandmother. She loved to travel especially to her favorite gambling place Deadwood, S.D. and Branson, Mo.
Carrie was preceded in death by her father, mother and daughter Natasha Lias.
She is survived by her children, Sarah Cheatham, Casper, Wyo., Nathan Boedeker, Moore, Okla., and Jessica Boedeker, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and her grandchildren, Andrea, Keri Ann, Makynnah, Arquez, Bailee, Javon, Lane, Anthony, Hailee Dae and Raedyn. She is also survived by her siblings, Barry (Theresa) Brooks, Aurora, Colo., Twyla Sockness, Missouri, and Doug Boedeker, Indiana. She leaves behind her special friends, Karina Serrano and Darcy Ziegler; nephews, Eric Smith and Rory Anderson; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and her extended Cenex work family
Memorials can be sent to Barry Brooks, 710 S. Granby Circle, Aurora, CO 80012.
A memorial service and reception was held Sunday April 19, 2015, at 2 p.m. at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through “Our Families.”
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Lauren M. Red Dog, 54, died April 15, 2015.
She was born on Dec. 13, 1960, to Lawrence and Almena Red Dog in Poplar. Her younger years were spent in Fort Kipp, Brockton and Poplar. Later, she moved to Coeur d’ alene, Idaho, where she stayed with Laura and Larry Stevens whom she loved as much as her real parents until she graduated high school in 1978.
After graduating, she moved back to Montana, where she worked various job. The job she loved was being a CNA.
She loved hunting, fishing and anything that had to do with being outdoors. She loved visiting with her friends and family, spending time with her grandchildren and playing Bingo with her family.
She is survived by her daughters Lunette GoodBird-Becker of Rapid City, S.D., and Michelle Red Dog of Poplar; long time companion, Darren Simons of Poplar; brothers, Maynard Hawk of Poplar and Edward Hawk of Levenworth, Kansas; sisters, Doris Red Dog of Wolf Point, Rhea Starr and Vearlene Red Dog, both of Poplar; four grandchildren;
She was preceded in death by her only son, Travis Spotted Bull; brother, James Red Dog; sisters, Pamela Red Dog, Carol Red Dog, Estelle Bear Cub, Kara Red Dog and Bonita Youpee.
A wake will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Poplar Cultural Center. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 24, at the Poplar Cultural Center. Interment will be at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Poplar.
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Ellen Bowers Babbitt, 87, died April 8, 2015, at Swedish Hospital in Edmonds, Wash.
She was born July 17, 1927, in Culbertson to Edgar L. and Ruth Jacoby Bowers. She grew up in Culbertson and graduated from Culbertson high school. She attended college in Bozeman, Billings and Great Falls, earning a degree in nursing.
She 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.
She had five children: Michael Miles, South Bend, Ind., Richard Miles-Babbitt of Missoula, Bonnie Miles of Edmonds, Wash., Susan Babbitt and Thomas Babbitt, both of Walhalla, SC. She also had six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She had two brothers, Jack and Ed Bowers; and three sisters, Alberta Clawson, Marjorie Burkitt and Joyce Erickson.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Bowers; and son, Michael Miles.
She 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.
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Vicki (Kluth) Millard died April 8, 2015, at Forest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Miss.
She was born May 8, 1962, in Wolf Point, the daughter of Don and Ilene Kluth. She grew up on the farm in the Vida community. She attended elementary school in Vida and graduated from Circle High School in 1980.
She lived and worked in Wolf Point until Aug. 3, 1984, when she married Joseph Millard of Wolf Point. Joe was in the U.S. Army and they left for Fort Bragg, N.C., in December of that year.
They moved many times in the next 20 years. They lived in Germany twice, Washington, California and ended up in Mississippi in 2001, where they have lived since. She worked at various jobs during that time.
After they purchased their first home in Mississippi, she enjoyed a big yard, planting trees, flowers and gardening. She then could also have a cat and dog, which, she always wanted, and spent a lot of time with them. Vicki was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hattisburg.
She was preceded in death by her baby brother.
She is survived by her husband Joseph Millard of Hattisburg, Miss.; mother, Ilene Kluth of Wolf Point; and her sister, Vonnie Bates of Wolf Point.
Graveside services were held Friday, April 10, at Biloxi National Cemetery in Biloxi, Miss., with Father Ignacio Morales officiating.
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Heaven shone brighter on April 11, 2015. Patricia Lynn McGeshick, “Zitkanan Sha Wiya,” Red Bird Woman, joined her mother and grandmothers to be with the Creator.
Patty was born Aug. 11, 1953, in Wolf Point, Mont., to Fred and Joyce (Beauchman) McGeshick.
Patty was an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes and was also Ojibwe. She lived her life as she was taught by her elders and spoke the Assiniboine language.
She was baptized a Catholic and fulfilled her spiritual life when she embraced her Native traditional ways in the Assiniboine Medicine Lodge Society and Women’s Kinship Circle. “Our people believe we come from the fourth star in the Big Dipper. That’s where my family is at.”
Patty was preceded in death by her mother, Joyce; aunts, Florence and Darlene; and uncles, Patrick, Luke and Dean Beauchman.
Patty is survived by her father, Fred McGeshick Sr.; husband of 25 years, Butch Bell; children, Steven and Nikita; adored grandchildren, Ashton and Ji’ana; sisters: Florence Garcia of Billings, Marilyn Walls, Susan of Watersmeet, Mich., Lucy and Angie Kennedy; brothers, Fred (Rena) of Granger Wash., Rick, Joe and James of Wolf Point; adopted sisters, Rose (John) Morsette, Coleen Clark, Danna (Bill) Runsabove, Lanette Clark, Rosella Archdale and Rhonda Mason; aunts, Roberta Archdale and Mary Fullerton; adopted daughters, Leanda Birthmark, Winona Runsabove and Elisabeth Garcia; also numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends, Mary Gourneau and Elise and Jimmy Johnson of Ontario, Canada.
Patty was the director of the Family Violence Resource Center for the Fort Peck Reservation for nearly 30 years. She was a passionate champion of victims’ rights and believed it was her responsibility to help women and especially children.
She was the tribal prosecutor for the Fort Peck Tribes in 1982, was the administrative assistant in the Office of the Tribal Chairman in 1985, served as a criminal prosecutor for Adams County, Colo., in 1980 and the clerk of Tribal Court in 1973.
Patty completed a bachelor of arts in community studies from NAES College in 1994 and the Colorado Law Enforcement Academy in 1981. She presented at more than 240 conferences and received many awards for her hard work including Montana Attorney General’s Office: Victims Rights Award (twice); U.S. Department of Justice Certificate of Appreciation, Indian Child Welfare Advocate Award, Rocky Mountain Region; Attorney General’s Victims’ Rights Award, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Washington, D.C., Indian Tribal Health Award, Montana Wyoming Tribal Leaders. She served on the board of Montana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, federal work group consultant for the Office of Victims of Crime, chairwoman of Montana Native Advisory Council, president of Montana Native Women Coalition and Montana Board of Crime Control.
God bless you, dearest sister. Your star lights the way for us. I will always love you, Flower.
Patty will be missed by all but would want us to continue to do and support the work she dedicated her life to.
A prayer service was held Monday, April 13, 2015, at 7 p.m. at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Her funeral was held Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Wolf Point Community Hall. Burial was at the Oswego Catholic Cemetery followed by a traditional four-day feast Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in the Wolf Point Community Hall.