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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.
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Ocean Ray Deserly, 21, of Wolf Point, died April 5, 2015.
He was born Jan. 21, 1994, to Betty White and Joseph Deserly Jr.
He was a very special and unique person to be around. He was a very humble person and was thankful for what he had. He was also a loving and caring person with a big heart. He was always there with a helping hand whenever he was needed. He always had a smile on his face and a joke to tell.
When he lived with his grandmother Geraldine, she introduced God into his life and, from then, he had belief in the Lord. As Ocean was growing up and until his death, he enjoyed teaching his little brothers, Son Son and Logan, how to fix and build their own bikes. When he was a young boy, the most important thing he loved to do was go truck driving and working with his dad. When he was younger, he always talked about being a truck driver once he became an adult to take care of his family. He also enjoyed fixing on vehicles with his dad and uncles. He always talked about the time he learned how to calve. He loved listening to his music, but most of all he loved hanging with family and friends just laughing, reminiscing about good times and memories he cherished. He loved the times he had with his mother talking about the memories they shared together as he was growing up. He also loved his Aunty Joyce whom he called mom as well.
He is survived by his mother, Betty and Harold Garfield Sr.; his father, Joseph and Brenda Deserly Jr.; sisters, Dezirae and Dakota Deserly, Vivian and Bobalew White-Lambert, Breannon, Madison, and Tinisha Baker, Evan Beston; and brothers, Elton, Logan and Dusty and Alexis Deserly.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Aaron Deserly and Harold Garfield Jr.
His funeral service was held Saturday April 11, at the Wolf Point Community Hall. Interment was at King Memorial Cemetery in Wolf Point.
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Thomas Dale Runs Through passed from this life on Monday, the sixth of April, 2015 in the year of our Lord.
He was born June 18, 1962, in Wolf Point, Roosevelt County, Mont., to Wallace and Ruby (Four Star) Runs Through. He lived 48 years in Frazer, Mont., and the remaining four years of his life in Wolf Point, Mont. He attended school in Frazer 11 years before starting work at A&S Industries in Poplar. He also worked at West Electronics, he assisted and helped the Senior Citizen meal delivery and home healthcare, cleaning yards.
Thomas was a lineal descendant of the Red Bottom Clan (Hudesana) Assiniboine Nation and also was a baptized member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, both of which held a special place in his life.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, auto mechanics, carpentry and was skilled in cooking traditional meals for the family. He learned auto mechanics by assisting his father and he in turn taught many of his nephews the skills he learned. He hunted and fished with his father and passed those skills to his nephews and nieces.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Ruby (Four Star) Runs Through; brother, Arthur Runs Through; grandparents, Andrew Four Star Sr., Gae Four Star Matthews, Marion Runs Through and Katie Runs Through Jackson; brother-in-law, Sherman Talks Different Sr., nephew, Rocky Clark; niece, Jolene Runs Through; and grandson, Bryce Onstad.
Survivors include Brenda Bauer (special companion); sisters, Marva Runs Through, Kathryn Talks Different, Debra (Sterling) Ramsey, Carol Runs Through Foote, Brenda (Leonard) Hollow Horn, Janet (Jake) Good Bear, Janeen (Darrell) Beston Sr.; brothers, Marion (Millie) Runs Through Sr., Wallace Runs Through Jr.; aunts, Shirlene Gleed and Arlene Jackson; uncles Floyd Runs Through, Mason Runs Through Sr., Dallas Four Star and Andrew Four Star; and many nephews, nieces and grandchildren too numerous to mention, but all remembered just the same.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015, at the New Wolf Point Community Hall with interment at the Oswego Presbyterian Cemetery immediately following. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Marvin A. Baker, 86, was born March 17, 1929, to Forest and Berneice Baker in Wolf Point, Mont. Marvin passed away April 7, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.
He grew up on a farm in McCone County, Mont., and graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1948. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and serving four years, receiving an honorable discharge in August of 1954.
Marvin met and married Dorothy Vest in 1952. To this union, two children were born.
Upon returning home from the military, Marvin worked for PCA until he had the opportunity to purchase part ownership in Triple Supply, a farm and ranch supply store. After several years, he and his wife became sole owners. They retired in 1980 and moved to Bigfork.
Later on, Marvin and Dorothy divorced and, after several years of bachelorhood, Marvin met Judy Waymire and they were married and spent 26 wonderful years wintering in Mesquite, Nev., and their summers in Bigfork.
During his younger years, Marvin was very active in the Wolf Point community, serving on the chamber of commerce, city council, Jaycees and Masons and serving his community in any way he could.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his ex-wife, his mother- and father-in-law and sister-in-law.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Judy of Bigfork; daughter, Sherry (Nufry) Boysun of Wolf Point; son, Randy (Angie) Baker of Bigfork; as well as four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his stepsons, Sean Waymire of Wisconsin and Kirt Prestwich, Utah; and brother, Douglas Baker of Fort Peck.
A visitation was held for Marvin on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, from noon to 1 p.m. with services at 1 p.m. at Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home. Burial was at Bigfork Community Cemetery following the service Please visit www.jgfuneralhome.com to leave condolences for the Baker family. Arrangements entrusted to Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home and Crematory Kalispell, Mont.
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Peyton Terry entered the world on Aug. 23, 1923 in Wolf Point, Mont. He was the third child of James E. and Maude (Stone) Terry. Peyton left this world on April 12, 2015.
His gifts were apparent at an early age and he used those gifts throughout his life. Peyton was a salesman. As a youngster he was the seventh highest grossing salesman for the Literary Digest in the United States.
Peyton was a showman. He loved to be in front of a crowd. As the drum major for the Wolf Point High School Band, he made state news by tossing his baton higher than the Sherman Hotel and to the amazement of all, he caught it. He won honors as a member of the speech and debate team.
Peyton was dependable and a hard worker. He held down several jobs as a youngster and used his hard earned cash to help send his sister to college.
He graduated Wolf Point High School in 1941 and attended the University of North Dakota. He returned home to work on the Milwaukee Railroad, to farm and later as the sales manager for Hovey – Stone Chevrolet.
On July 2, 1950, he married Connie Whitmus. They spent 64 years working together and supporting each other through the good and bad times. Peyton and Connie were blessed with three children, Cheryl, Paula and Joel.
In 1955, Peyton moved his family to Glasgow where he purchased a partnership with Frank Helland in the local Chevrolet dealership. A. J. “Tony” Hoffmann became his partner in 1957 and in May of 1966 he bought out his partner to become the sole owner of the Terry Chevrolet Buick until selling the business in 1978.
In 1970, Peyton and Connie purchased two local movie theaters. The Survant Theater burned in August 1982, reopening July 1983 as Terry’s II Theaters. They subsequently opened Terry’s II Video in the spring of 1985. In 1998, Peyton and Connie moved to Red Lodge and in 2004 they moved to Billings into a neighborhood of wonderfully caring and special people.
Service to one’s community, state and nation were important to Peyton. He lead, he supported, he sold, he believed, and he worked for the success of each organization he joined.
Some of his achievements and recognitions include: president of the Glasgow Auto Dealers Association, president of the Glasgow Kiwanis Club, president of NEMARC (Northeast Montana Association for Retarded Children), chairman of the Regional Council for Developmental Disabilities, chairman of Valley Industrial Park, Inc., chairman of the board for Milk River, Inc., president of the Montana Theater Owners; 1990 Distinguished Service Award Recipient of the Montana National Guards, 1973 Boss of the Year. Peyton held many offices of the Aledoo Shrine and completed all of the chairs of the Masonic Lodge.
Peyton worked tirelessly for local, state and national Republican candidates. He was privileged to know senators, congressmen and presidents. In 1972, he attended the National Republican Convention as an alternate delegate.
His faith was at the center of his convictions. He served several churches, sang in the choir and worked many Methodist Men’s ham dinners.
Peyton was preceded in death by his mother, Maude; father, Jim; sister, Bess Hovey; brother, Jim “Bub” Terry; and son, Joel Terry.
Peyton is survived by his wife Connie Terry of Billings, Cheryl Terry of Red Lodge, Paula Terry of Glasgow and five grandchildren Keeton, Teagan, Isabella, Rose and Bess Martin.
Peyton lived a long life, he influenced many, he loved and was loved by his family and many friends. A friend once described Peyton as a “class act.” He was that and much more. As a man of small stature, he left a big imprint on the hearts and lives of those he knew. Ever the poet, Peyton penned “When the good Lord calls us home and we cross that Great Divide, I hope to meet my Savior face to face and say “Sweet Jesus, my life has been a wonderful ride.”
Services will be held on Thursday, April 16, at 11 a.m. at Grace Methodist Church in Billings. Memorials can be made to the charity of your choice.