Wolf Point Herald

Phoebe Owens-Melbourne


Phoebe Ann Owens-Melbourne, 58, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, at the Poplar Hospital in Poplar.
She was born in Poplar July 29, 1956, to Allison Lone Fight and Thomas “Turby” Melbourne. Phoebe attended school in Brockton, where she met the father of her oldest children, Patrick “Boy Boy” McKay II. At age 15, she married Patrick in Wolf Point. They later moved to San Francisco, Calif., for a couple years and later divorced. They had two children, Patrick H. Mc-
Kay III and Theresa Allison McKay.
She also lived in Wyoming for a while where she obtained her GED and also worked at a soap factory. After all her traveling, she moved back to Montana in 1987. Since then, she raised her granddaughter, Autumn, whom she took as her daughter.
In 1989, she met and dated Keith Olson. They had one son, Daniel Ray McKay.
She later met and married Lawrence D. Hamilton Sr. up until his death. From this union, came Lawrence D. Hamilton Jr.
She enjoyed going to church and listening to her gospel music. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.
She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A big part of her life was her son, Daniel Ray McKay. He was born with medical problems and she cared for him up until his death. They were inseparable.
Later on, in her life she met the love of her life Denny C. Owens Sr., whom she was married to 17 years.  
She is survived by her husband, Denny C. Owens Sr.; sister, Theresa Sun Rhodes; sons, Lawrence D. Hamilton Jr. and Patrick H. McKay III; daughters, Theresa A. Brown and Autumn Arthur; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald G. Melbourne; and a son, Daniel Ray McKay.
A funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 2, at the Cultural Center in Poplar. Interment was at the Riverside Catholic Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Cindy Lonz

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Cindy “Dolly” Lee Lonz, 52, died Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at her home in Wolf Point.
She was born in Spokane, Wash., Dec. 17, 1962, and later moved back to Montana where she lived in Wolf Point, Glasgow and Helena throughout her life. She graduated from Helena Capitol in 1982 and went on to Job Corps in Clearfield, Utah, and later studied at Fort Peck Community College.
She had a love for taking drives in the countryside and hunting. She was a loyal Steelers’ football fan and enjoyed watching UFC fights. She had a passion for taking care of children and each child held a very special place in her heart.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Margie Squires.
She is survived by brother, Mark Lonz; adopted father, Gene Lonz;  adopted daughter, Connie Thompson; and numerous grandchildren.
In honoring her wishes, no services will be held and cremation has taken place. A celebration of her life will be held at the family  home located 7445 Road 167 in Wolf Point on Friday, Feb. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Margaret Ellerkamp

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Margaret Ann Ellerkamp, 86, of Culbertson, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at the Eastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive.
She lived in the same house her entire adult life for 66 years.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Culbertson. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, with Brother Bede Baldry officiating at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Culbertson.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Culbertson with Father Martin Ezeihuaku officiating. Rite of Committal will be in the Cherry Creek Cemetery (Hwy. 16 South of Culbertson).
She was born on Sept. 21, 1928, in Beaumont, Texas, to Forrest and Levi (Bodin) Stewart the second of five children; Peggy Geraci, James Stewart, Eddie Stewart and Tony Stewart. She was raised and educated in Beaumont, graduating from St. Anthony's High School with the class of 1946.
She was united in marriage to Romie Ellerkamp on Feb. 26, 1948, in Cul-
bertson for 43 years until Romie's death.
She worked at Roosevelt Memorial Hospital in Culbertson as a nurses aide until she continued her education at the University of North Dakota in Williston, N.D., where she obtained her LPN certificate in 1970. She continued to work as a LPN for the next 23 years until her retirement in 1993.
She was a member of the St. Anthony's Altar Society, Culbertson's Women's Club, The Cottonwood Club, Sweet Adelines and was a volunteer at the Culbertson Museum.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Romie Ellerkamp; her son, Chris Ellerkamp; and one brother, Eddie Stewart.
She is survived by her children, Mark Ellerkamp of Culbertson, Sandra Bishop of Glendive, Mary Fossum of Richland and Jo Murr of Havre; numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren; one sister, Peggy Geraci of Beaumont; and two brothers, James  Stewart of Atlanta, Ga., and Anthony Stewart.

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Mary Ann Rodenberg


Mary Ann Rodenberg, 91, of Wolf Point died Jan. 28, 2015, at Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point.
She was the oldest child of Josephine and James O’Connell. She grew up in Bozeman, attending Rosary Grade and High School. She worked in defense related industry in Hanford, Wash., during World War II and then moved back to Bozeman where she met and married Harry Rodenberg of Manhattan in 1947.
They moved to Wolf Point shortly thereafter and she spent her entire married life there raising a family, maintaining a home and helping friends.
Throughout her life, she was active in the community and her church. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, St. Ann’s Altar Society, Women’s Civic Club in which she served as president, local Brownies and Girl Scout leader, a member of the Montana Beekeepers Auxiliary and a supporter of her husband and family in all aspects of their beekeeping profession.
She enjoyed gardening, knitting, sewing, canning, baking, visiting, traveling and being with family and friends. She attended conventions and meetings related to the family honey business for over 60 years. Everywhere she went, she would meet someone and they shared a story or connection to Montana.
She was preceded in death by a younger brother, John, who died as an infant.
She is survived by her husband, Harry of Wolf Point; brother, James of Salt Lake City, Utah; three children, John of Puyallup, Wash., Gail Dugan of Shoreline, Wash., and Jim of Wolf Point; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A rosary and prayer service were held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wolf Point. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Norma Harris

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Norma “Ruth” Leibrand Harris, 95, passed away Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Faith Home in Wolf Point.
Ruth was born Nov. 3, 1919, in Verwood, Sask., Canada, to Sanford and Winifred (Mehsling) Leibrand. Her family moved to Scobey, Mont., to farm in the spring of 1929.
While at Scobey, she graduated from high school and embraced the story of the gospel which was her first love for the rest of her life. These years were known by many farmers in northeast Montana as the “Dirty ‘30s” and along with the great depression made farming difficult.
In 1937, the Leibrand family moved west to
Kalispell to start a new occupation. It was there she met her husband Alva. They married in Whitefish on June 1, 1943. They then moved to Spokane, Wash., where Alva worked on a dairy.
It wasn’t long before Alva was offered a job on the Jacobsen farm in Froid, Mont., and they headed east again. Ruth consented to the move with some reservations, hoping they would not again experience years in the ‘30s. While farming in that area, three sons were born.
In 1950, they began farming in the Sunnyside, Nickwall community where their fourth son was born. They farmed in Nickwall until February 1973 when Alva passed away. Ruth loved helping out on the farm, and she made sure her family was well taken care of.
She spent the last 35 years of her life in her own home in Wolf Point. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and working in her yard and garden. Ruth also cared for children in her home, loving them like her own grandchildren. She loved having Sunday morning fellowship meetings in her home for those 35 years.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Alva; son, Leonard; three sisters, Margaret Braaten, Blanche Brist and Muriel McDonald; and twin brothers, Bob and George Leibrand.
Ruth is survived by her sons, Lloyd (Susie) of
Bozeman, Larry of Wolf Point and Marvin of Great Falls; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; her sister, Eileen Reed of Oregon; and her brother, Albert of Oregon.
Funeral services will be held at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m. with Eldon Coles and Julia Brist officiating. Visitation will be held at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel from 10 to 11 a.m. directly preceding the service Saturday, Feb. 7.
Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point has been entrusted with the arrangements.
(Paid Obituary)

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