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Rose C. Miller-Lilley, 84, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.
She was born Sept. 16, 1930, to Isaac and Julia (Clancy) Miller at Lohmiller. She was given the name Holy Wing Woman by Dallas Fourstar.
She met a handsome Navy man named Joe Lilley Sr. while working as a waitress and he swept her off her feet. Together, they had 10 children: Julie, Sandra, Elaine, Steven, Lois, Joe, Jr., Terri, Perry and Stacey.
She loved the holidays and having her house decorated. She loved to be around her children and grandchildren no matter which holiday it was.
She started working for the Fort Peck Headstart in 1968 as a teacher’s aide. She took college classes and received her associate’s degree in early education and became a teacher. She loved all the little children she taught throughout her 46 years of teaching. She would say how they all made a place in her heart and it wasn’t “Teacher Rosie” but “Grandma Rosie.”
She loved to cruise around and play Bingo and couldn’t wait for August to roll around so she could go down to the Wadopana grounds and get ready for the pow-wow.
She was a lifetime member of the United Dakota Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Sr.; son, Bradley Lilley; sisters, Mercyline Walking Eagle and Elsie Brugier, brother, Joe Miller; and grandson, Tanner Black.
She is survived by her children, Julie Christian, Sandra Redstone-Lilley, Elaine Barrera, Steven Lilley, Lois Black, Chicky Lilley of Ronan, Terri Adams, Perry Lilley, and Stacey Foster-Lilley; and her brothers, Willard Miller and Franklin Whitright Miller of California.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Silver Wolf Casino in Wolf Point. Interment was at the Oswego Presbyterian Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was in charge of arrangements.
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Susan “Susie” Lee Skinner, 60, of Dillon, died Dec. 14, 2014.
She was born in Fallon, Nev., July 29, 1954, to Selma Lee Skinner and Darrell Howard Skinner. She joined a sister, Lynda.
Since their father was in the Navy, they traveled to many places in the United States until they retired to Helena. She went through high school special needs classes and several years later moved to Dillon to the group home. She had as many as three jobs at a time and loved meeting new people. Everyone was her friend and greeted her when they saw her.
When the Kambich Group home was built, she was fortunate enough to be able to move into a brand new space. She loved her life there and was very fond of all her roommates and the staff. She could put together any size jigsaw puzzle and spent many hours of enjoyment at that task. She loved the color red and her wardrobe definitely proved that. She also loved everything western. She loved going to rodeos and watching them on her TV. She loved to dance.
She is survived by her sister, Lynda Labatte of Froid.
Memorial services will be held in Dillon at the funeral home on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 1 p.m. with burial at a later date in Froid, next to her mother.
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Mary Lou Hopson, 76, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point.
Lou was the third of four children, born Feb. 18, 1938, to Oscar and Pauline (Park) Poyser in Harlan County, Neb. She graduated high school in Almena, Kan., in 1955, and from Brown Mackie School of Business in Salina, Kan.
In 1956, she met the love of her life, Harry Hopson, and they were married a year later in Almena. Lou and Harry moved to Wolf Point in 1957 and stayed for one year before Harry entered the Air Force. They were stationed at Williams AFB in Chandler, Ariz., where their first son David was born in 1958. After Harry’s honorable discharge, the family moved back to Wolf Point to make a permanent home, where they welcomed three more children, Kelly, Douglas and Tasha.
Lou worked for nearly 20 years at Faith Lutheran Home, starting as a physical therapy assistant and retiring as an assistant administrator. After her retirement, she kept busy as a substitute teacher at Southside School. Throughout this time, she was active in the Montana Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary, Girl Scouts, 4-H, First Presbyterian Church and Senior Citizens’ Center.
A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Lou followed all her children and grandchildren to their sporting events and activities across the state. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, Bridge, entertaining, cooking and baking. Lou often said that if you left her house hungry, it was your own fault. Lou was also an avid golfer who shared her love of the sport with family and friends. Her crowning achievement in the sport was shooting a hole-in-one at the Airport Golf Club with Harry as her witness.
Lou was preceded in death by her parents; her son, David; her husband of 50 years, Harry; and special friends, Louie and Tana Dubbe.
She is survived by her daughter, Kelly (Jerry) Doornek of Glasgow; son, Douglas (Nancy) Hopson of Wolf Point; daughter, Tasha (Zane) Stiner of Cut Bank; sister, Angie (Arlen) Butterfield of Kearney, Neb.; brother, Keith (Delores) Poyser of Orleans, Neb.; brother, Kenneth (Darlene) Poyser of Manhattan, Kan.; daughter-in-law, Sharon McGee of Baton Rouge, La.; 10 grandchildren, Erin, Chris and Tyler Hopson, Nate and Erica Doornek, Shanna, Kelsey and David Hopson, and Kenzie and Kodee Stiner; and one great-grandchild, Beckett Doornek.
Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Condolences can be made online at www.claytonstevensonchapel.com.
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Cleao Hamilton, 70, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Wolf Point.
Cleo Lafern Jackson, “White Bird Woman,” named by her great-grandfather Steve, was born May 5, 1943, in Wolf Point, the second daughter of Joe and Gladys Jackson. She grew up in the Oswego area in the family ranch. She attended Oswego school until seventh-grade. She attended junior high and high school in Wolf Point, graduating in 1962.
Upon high school graduation, she went on to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and later, Eastern Montana College obtaining a business degree.
In Utah, she met and married Oliver Reed. To that union, three children were born, Lisa, Willie, and Daryl. They lived in Seattle, Wash., and Kayenta, Ariz. In 1973, she moved back with her family to help take care of Grandma Jeanette.
Early in the 1980s, she met and married Lawrence Boxer. They lived in Billings, where she returned to school obtaining her business degree. They also lived in Ft. Washakie, Wyo., where they worked for the B.I.A. They later divorced.
In May 1996, she and Larry Hamilton were married in Poplar. They were friends for many years and had a wonderful union. They enjoyed traveling, lots of fun and lots of work. They welcomed each other’s children and grandchildren with open arms.
Through all of this, she was a career woman. At an early age, she worked at the White Star Laundry in Wolf Point and as a waitress at the Triangle Café. After college, she worked for the B.I.A. retiring after 28 years. She retired as a superintendent at Fort Belknap Agency.
She just couldn’t be retired, so she went to work for Montana State for three years. Two years ago, she became director of the tribal road program. Due to her health, she resigned in early October.
She was friendly, outgoing and very knowledgeable about many things.
She is survived by her husband, Larry; children, Lisa St. Claire, Willie Reed of Billings, Daryl Reed of South Dakota, Taffy of Billings, Rose of Washington, Lawrence Hamilton, Duane Hamilton, Jason Hamilton, and Terence Hamilton, all of Wolf Point, and Bernita of South Dakota; sisters, JoEllen and Dale Grandchamp of Oswego and Davey Jean of Billings; 11 grandchildren; adopted brothers, Rusty Stafne, Rick Kirn and
Brney Cummins; and adopted sister, Mary Helen.
She was preceded in death by sisters, Darla Payne, Lynn Campbell, Patty Stump; and adopted brother, Eugene Culbertson.
A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point. Interment will follow at the Oswego Presbyterian Cemetery.
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Alberta B. Gibson, 71, died Dec. 2, 2014, at her home in Wolf Point.
She was born April 6, 1943, in Bismarck, N.D., to Floyd and Ruby Cowles. She grew up with her two sisters Roberta and Wanda helping their folks work cattle, riding and enjoying the ranching life. She attended school in Wyola and graduated high school in Lodge Grass.
She married Dale Gibson June 10, 1961, and two sons were born to this union, Shane and Shawn. They later divorced.
She loved the outdoors, numerous hobbies including hunting, fishing and horseback riding. She also attended many outdoor womens’ workshops including canoeing, archery, rafting and outdoor survival classes. At age 69 after battling cancer for two years, she bought a kayak and enjoyed kayaking on Fort Peck Lake.
She loved spending time with her grandchildren and all of the trips they took together. A favorite memory of all was a weekend they spent together at the lake, spending time at the cabin and paddleboating.
She is survived by her two sisters, Roberta Cowles of Billings and Wanda Steele of Gillette, Wyo.; two sons, Shane Gibson of Wolf Point and Shawn Gibson of Kirby; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 8, at First Lutheran Church in Wolf Point. Graveside services were held in Billings Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Mount View Cemetery.