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Deanna Rose Zerbe, a loving mother of three, was called home to her Lord Jesus Christ on Feb. 13, 2015, at the age of 63.
Deanna was born on Oct. 24, 1951, to George and Hazel Dover in Great Falls, Mont. She grew up on a ranch west of Buffalo, Mont., near the Little Belt Mountains. After high school, she attended several colleges, including “Eastern” in Billings, Multnomah in Oregon, Montana Institute of the Bible in Lewistown, and later she did continuing education through Northern in Havre and Montana State University in Boze-man. With her teaching degree, she first taught in Lustre, Mont., before she married Mark Zerbe. She also taught at Sage Creek Colony north of Chester, Big Horn Christian Academy in Hardin, and public schools in Lame Deer, Frazer and finally Lodge Grass, Mont.
Deanna is survived in her immediate family by a sister, Dorene Doran in Oregon. She left three children: Dwight, Robin and Coney. Dwight Zerbe and his wife, Rachel, have six children: Ben, Oliver, Ian, Wesley, Eliana and Ivanya. Coney Zerbe and his wife, Heather, have two children: Selah and Shalom, with a third child due in July.
Those who knew Deanna will remember her love and devotion for children. She had a passion to teach her students the academic skills needed to thrive, and also the important life values of respect, diligence, thankfulness and love. Over the years, she “mothered” many more children than her own. She also made a point to constantly be in prayer for her students. Even in the last few months of life, she said her focus was to devote all her remaining strength and energy to the students she had grown to love in her 3rd grade class.
“I remember Mom as always being generous. Raising three teenagers as a single mom wasn’t an easy task, but somehow she made it work. I know she sacrificed a lot to invest in us. If she had something you needed, she made sure to give it to you, even at her own expense. It seemed like every time I saw her she had a present for the grandkids or us. In fact, most of her life was dedicated to giving to others with little thought of herself. She never liked to be in the spotlight, rather her enthusiasm for others always pointed the conversation towards them. The love and optimism that characterized her life left a great legacy of faith for those she loved. She lived her life following the example of Christ who gave up everything including life itself that we might know Him.”- son.
Just as Deanna enjoyed decorating her yard every spring with beautiful flowers, trees, and a garden, we recognize God’s hand at work this spring. Yes, she will be missed by many here on earth, but our hearts rest in the peace that God has transplanted her beauty seen here, to glorify His heavenly kingdom above.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at Lodge Grass School on Friday, April 10, at 2:30 p.m. The public is cordially invited.
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Phyllis Mary Rohrenbach Browning, 92, died March 22, 2015, in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
She was born Sept. 27, 1922, in McCabe to Philip and Mary Rohrenbach. She graduated as valedictorian in Culbertson and received an associate’s degree from Montana State.
She married Albert Leslie Browning July 22, 1950. They resided in Montana and California. She worked as a civil servant with the FCC for 20 years.
She 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 of Omaha; sons, James Browning of Pleasant Grove, Les Browning of Blaine and John Browning of Henderson, Nev.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert, in 1995; 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, at the Berg Mortuary of Orem, 500 North State Street. She will be interred beside her husband at Utah State Veterans Memorial Park at Camp Williams.
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Karen Hope Jackson, 49 of Frazer, died March 18, 2015, in Wolf Point.
She was born to Maynard Jackson and Ernestine Four Star Jackson. She attended schools in Frazer and graduated from college in Fort Belknap. She worked as a teacher’s aide at the Poplar, Frazer and Wolf Point schools. She also attended school in Havre.
She loved to cook, visit family and friends and listen to music.
She is survived by her boys Tristan and Luke Jackson Jr. of Culbertson, brothers Harlan Jackson and Luke Jackson Sr. of Frazer, sister Winter Redstone Jackson of Billings and nephew Clint Jackson of Frazer, all of whom she helped raise; step-daughter, Mary Redstone of Wolf Point; brother, Frank Chopper of Wolf Point; and sisters, Althea Redstone, Tiffany Chopper and Leanne Redstone, all of Wolf Point.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Maynard Jackson Jr., Gary Jackson Sr. and Thomas Jackson.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 23, at the Community Hall in Frazer. Interment was at St Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Frazer. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.
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Esther Emma Dumke Loomer, 100, of Culbertson, died Monday, March 23, 2015, at the Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson.
She 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. Their first home together was in Bowman, N.D., where he was teaching school and coaching. In 1946, they settled in Glasgow. They lived there until 2010 when they moved to Culbertson to be near their daughter, Jill. They were married for nearly 72 years. Born to this union were a son, Douglas, and a daughter, Jill.
She 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 Worthy Matron. She was a 4-H leader and a Cub Scout den mother.
She 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 enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles and playing cards. She was an excellent cook and baked bread and other goodies on a regular basis. She was always a positive person and saw the bright side of life, being an inspiration to many.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Arthur, Carl and Henry; sister, Ethel; husband, Francis; and her granddaughter, Jami Marie Herness.
She is survived by her children, Douglas Loomer of Bigfork and Las Cruces, N.M., and Jill Herness of Culbertson; and one granddaughter.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Culbertson with Pastor Gretchen Wagner officiating. Interment will take place in Hillside Cemetery in Culbertson.
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William “Willie” Joseph Reed died Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Billings.
He was born Oct. 5, 1970, in Wolf Point to Cleo and Oliver Reed. He was raised in Montana, Arizona and Wyoming.
He was an outstanding athlete from the beginning. Living in Wolf Point during elementary school, Willie and his younger brother, Daryl, were in Little League Baseball, winning many awards. Moving to Billings, he won Billings City Wrestling for six-year- olds. He also played in Little Guy Football.
Moving to Wyoming, he attended junior high and high school at Fort Washakie and Ethete. He excelled at basketball and football. He and Daryl were members of the Wyoming Indian High School Chiefs championship basketball team.
After high school, he married Michelle Harris and joined the United States Marine Corps. They had two children Johanna and Robert “Rob” Reed. They later divorced. After serving in Desert Storm, he finished his tour of duty and was honorably discharged.
After his service in the military, he was employed by the National Guard as a mechanic. He worked there several years and then went to work at Billings Clinic. The last nine years, he worked as a carpenter and roofer.
He met Laureen Bell Rock and Kaden was born — Willie’s second son. She in 2011. He raised his children pretty much as a single dad. His children were his joy and his mom was his rock.
He is survived by his daughter, Johanna of Billings; sons, Robert “Rob” and Kaden Reed, both of Billings; two grandsons; sister, Lisa St. Clair of Pablo; and brother, Daryl Reed of Parmelee, S.D.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Interment was at Oswego Presbyterian Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.