Wolf Point Herald

Marvin Ator

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Marvin Henry Ator, 85, died Feb. 27, 2015, at the Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Plentywood.
He was born on Jan. 14, 1930, approximately two miles south of Antelope on the Folsom homestead to Frank and Bertha (Nelson) Ator. He was the youngest born in his family. His siblings are Lucy (Christiansen), Ruth (Kirkland), Roy and Jean (Smith).
He took over farming in 1945, after his father died, when he was 15 years old. He worked the land and cared for his mother for many years.
He graduated from Medicine Lake High School in 1947.
He married Joan Evans Feb. 5, 1966. They had five boys and one baby girl: Mark, Tom, Chris, Phil, Danny and Jamie.
He enjoyed farming the land and loved when people would stop in at the farm for visits. For years, he put in the crops and took care of the livestock He knew that working hard was important but he also took the time to visit with people. He loved to visit with his lifelong friends, as well as meeting new folks. He always remembered people by where they came from and enjoyed learning about them.
He spent many hours watching sports, whether in person or on TV. He knew the stats of games from years ago and from last week. Family trips were spent going to some type of sporting event in the Ator van. Watching his children’s games were important to him.
Over the years, he served on several boards: school board, DSFCU, GTA and Community Oil. He loved his community and took great pride in it. He hardly missed a street dance and checked out crops in the county every day.
He is survived by his wife, Joan of Medicine Lake; children: Mark of Colstrip, Tom of Williston, N.D., Chris  of Medicine Lake, Phil of Medicine Lake, Danny of Billings, and Jamie of Medicine Lake; 15 grandchildren;  and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 3, at the Medicine Lake School. It was his wish to have his ashes spread over his land. There will be a special service this summer when that will take place.

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Mary Houle Dunning


Mary Houle Dunning, age 77, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at her home in Nashua.
She was born May 17, 1937, in Belcourt, N.D., the daughter of Joseph and Delia (L’Esperance) Houle. She attended schools in Belcourt, graduating from Belcourt High School. She attended and graduated from Minot State earning her teaching degree.
She taught in Portland before moving to Nashua where she taught for over 30 years, teaching third and fourth grade and seventh-grade English.
She married Dale Dunning April 3, 1969, in Nashua.
She loved to garden and enjoyed walking and spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed reading, writing and hunting.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Dunning, in 2005; and her son, Joseph Dunning, in 1986.
She is survived by her daughters, Bonnie Dunning of Nashua and Joyce Dunning of Absarokee; step-daughters, Diana Skolrud of Glasgow and Janet Peak of Great Falls; four grandchildren; and a sister, Bernice Robbins of Belcourt.
A celebration of life service will be held later in the spring. Interment will be in the Nashua Cemetery.

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Norman Muskrat

Norman Muskrat, 53, of Poplar, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at the Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point.
A family service was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the cultural center in Poplar. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the cultural center in Poplar. Interment will follow at the Poplar City Cemetery in Poplar. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Jennifer Gilbert

Jennifer Gilbert, 53, of Culbertson died Feb. 26, 2015, at the Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson.  
The funeral service will be announced at a later date pending the completion of the arrangements.
Condolences for the family may be left at: www.claytonstevensonchapel.com. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Thelma Huso


Thelma Huso, age 91, passed away on Feb. 19, 2015, at Valley View Home in Glasgow, Mont.  
Thelma was born April 15, 1923, to James and Ella Gidley in Richland County, Mont. In the late 1930s, the family moved to Hood River, Ore., later returning to Montana. She worked for several years for her cousin at Gidley’s Conoco Café and Motel in Wolf Point.  
On June 28, 1941, she married Kenneth Huso and they farmed and ranched northwest of Wolf Point.  They had two daughters, Darlene (Calvin) Davis and Sharon (Ferris) Toavs; four grandsons; and nine great- grandchildren.  
She is also survived by her sister, Alice Olson of Oregon; and her brother, James Gidley of Judith Gap, Mont.
Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; her sisters, Faye Heser and Marie Shefelbine; brother, John Gidley; son-in-law, Calvin Davis; and grandson, James Davis.
A prayer service was held on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at 4 p.m. at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point. Condolences for the family may be left at: www.claytonstevensonchapel.com. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was in charge of arrangements.  
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to LOGOS at First Lutheran Church, 415 Johnson St., Wolf Point, MT 59201.
(Paid Obituary)

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