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Elvira Donnice Mahto, age 72, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on September 21, 2014, in Billings, Mont., surrounded by her family who loved her dearly. She was born in Elbow Woods, N.D., to Leslie W. and Alma (Wells) Mahto on June 14, 1942. In honor of her being born on Flag Day, her grandmother Polly Wells gave her the Indian name Flag Woman.
She attended school in Lucky Mount, N.D.; River Dale, N.D.; Richmond, Calif.; New Town, N.D.; and Flandreau, S.D.; but spent most of her life raising her children and grandchildren in Wolf Point, Mont.
She is a woman with such wisdom, courage, patience and unconditional love. She has had an everlasting impact on each of our lives and for that we are eternally grateful.
Words, and no combination of words, could describe the woman Elvira is, was and will forever be in each of our hearts. She will be remembered for being the most caring person, her laughter, kindness, her jokes and the best frybread you ever would tear apart. She always had a story to solve every problem and a comforting smile to help pick you up when you felt down.
Elvira retired from the Faith Lutheran Home after many years. She enjoyed reading, Sudoku, listening to music (especially Elvis), jigsaw puzzles and traveling, but her most memorable moments came from spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children, Sandra Mahto Stracener (Mike), Dennis Mahto (Nancy), Georgia Wetsit (Gordan), George Wetsit Jr. (Glenda), Denise Zimmer (Loren), Blaine Wetsit (Sally) and Jeff Wetsit (Tamara). She is also survived by Algie Mahto (Rockee), Carlisle, Truman Mahto (Carmen), Bernadine Wilson (Norman), Ruperta “Bobbi” Larson (Galen “Bunny”), Karen Howe (Burnette) and Kathy Mahto; 35 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie W. and Alma (Wells) Mahto; one brother, Leslie Jr.; son, David Wetsit; daughters, Joan and Laurette Wetsit; granddaughters, Sayra Alise Mahto Stracener, Daveau and Mariah Azure; grandsons, Elijah Zimmer and Mason and Nathaniel Wetsit.
A special thanks to Dr. McGuire, Pam, Kim, Candy, the staff at Riverstone Hospice and to everyone who offered prayers.
Our mother, grandmother, sister, cousin and friend will be dearly missed by all who knew her. We look forward to seeing her again when we make our journey home. Rest easy, Elvira, you will be thought of often, remembered always and loved forever.
A wake was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Wolf Point Community Hall. A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 at the Wolf Point Community Hall. Interment was at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point is assisting with arrangements.
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Wendell Lee “Hump” Mail, 55, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point.
He was born Aug. 21, 1959, at Poplar Community Hospital to Gordon and Gwen Mail. He was the sixth of seven children.
He was very artistic and could do a painting of a scene that was so real it was lifelike. If you knew him, it was probably because of his musical ability. He had great talent playing drums, bass guitar, keyboard, etc., with his brother Gary’s band. They always had a gig every weekend somewhere between Sidney and Glasgow. If not on the road, they would be playing at local area clubs.
He always greeted his siblings with a big bear hug and a kiss when he had his limbs. He was also a funny guy. He would have you laughing about something as soon as you went into his place. He was always ready to crack a joke, tease you until you get mad or pull pranks on those unsuspecting. That was “Hump,” but he also had a serious side. He was compassionate, generous and kind.
He had a long battle with diabetes most of his life. At the end of his life, he had lost both legs, one arm and was blind, but he never lost his sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother; an infant sister, Sharon Liberty; and brother, John Mail.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa Iron Cloud; daughters, Patty Jo, Chelsea and Tonya Mail; sons, Wendell Jr., William, John David, Johnny and Raymond Mail; brothers, Russell Mail and Allan Mail, both of Wolf Point; sisters, Marilyn and Gwen, both of Wolf Point; and numerous grandchildren.
His funeral was held Friday, Sept. 26, at the Community Hall in Wolf Point. Interment was at the Poplar City Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.
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Michael H. Thomas, 70, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at the Billings Clinic in Billings.
He was born May 29, 1944, in Poplar to Boke Thomas of Fort Totten, N.D., and Mercy White Bear of Fort Kipp. He graduated from Brockton High School and worked all his life as a carpenter for Fort Peck Housing.
He also drove bus for 24 years for the Brockton School and Headstart in Fort Kipp. He enjoyed spending time with his family and being outdoors. He was a pair of helping hands to those who needed it.
He was preceded in death by his children, Michael Thomas Jr. and Andrew Thomas; brothers, Dino and Timothy Thomas; and a sister, Sheryl.
He is survived by his wife, Della Thomas of Fort Kipp; children, Ida Moran and Thomasine Thomas of Riverside; step-children, Leslie Long Hair and Valerie Youpee, both of Fort Kipp; his raised children, Ashten Vielle and Brennen Bets His Medicine of Fort Kipp; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 26, at James Black Dog Community Hall in Fort Kipp. Interment was in Fort Kipp Cemetery in Fort Kipp.
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Helene Emelia Eschenbacher Coolidge, 92, died Sept. 22, 2014, at her home in Culbertson.
She was born Feb. 15, 1922, at the family farm in Froid to August and Marie (Wagner) Eschenbacher.
She was one of the most selfless, kindest, loving people alive. She would help anyone and enjoyed life to the fullest.
She married Herbert Coolidge on Oct. 24, 1954, in Froid. They had a long life together for 57 years. From this marriage, they had one daughter, Susan, born May 2, 1960, in Centralia, Wash.
They owned and operated an A&W restaurant in Centrialia for many years before returning home to Froid. They lived in Froid and Medicine Lake for many years before retiring in Lewistown.
She loved to sew and embroider and had several jobs. But when asked what her favorite job in her life was, she would always say “being a wife and mother.” These jobs were her pride and joy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herb; and daughter, Susan.
Services were held Oct. 1 at the Grandview Cemetery in Froid.
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Thomas Edward Fox, of Wolf Point, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sept. 17, 2014. Tom was 65 years old.
Tom was born to Edward and Joan (Andre) Fox on August 27, 1949; the oldest of six children. He spoke often of the years growing up on the farm outside of Franklin, Minn. At age 16, the family moved into town and Tom graduated high school in 1967. He attended college in Wilmar, Minn., until 1969 when he traveled to Montana to attend the College of Great Falls (University of Great Falls).
It was there he met his wife and love of his life, Trudy McGowan. They were wed on March 6, 1971, in Great Falls. When he graduated in 1974, with a BS degree in business and sociology, two job opportunities presented themselves’ one in Chicago, Ill., and one in Wolf Point, Mont. He opted for Wolf Point, because he had “spent a summer working at O’Hare airport in Chicago and never wanted to live east of the Mississippi again.”
In October 1974, he began working for Wolf Point Implement as the parts manager, later bought into the dealership and managed it until 1987. At that time he partnered with his longtime friend, Bill Rathert, in Rathert Fox Ford for 26 years and continued with his son, Mike, in Fox Ford until his death.
Always loving farming, he purchased a small farm east of Wolf Point in 1990 and became an avid collector of John Deere tractors, specializing in the “30” series. His favorite was his John Deere 8020, #41 of only 50 built. He loved children, especially his grandchildren, and was always excited when youngsters would visit, putting them in the driver’s seat of a John Deere or Ford taking them around the farm.
Tom loved spending time and visiting with family and friends and telling a good story. A successful and admired businessman, he was active throughout the years in various community events and organizations, as well as his parish, Immaculate Conception Church. He enjoyed his travels around the United States, Europe and Mexico with his family and friends, but loved exploring Montana the most and returning to his roots in Minnesota.
He is survived by his wife Trudy of Wolf Point; his mother, Joan Fox of Redwood Falls, Minn.; children, Tiffaney (Reynaldo) Quintana and grandson Zachary of Menlo Park, Calif., Michael (Laurie), grandsons Jack and Callan and granddaughter Ella of Wolf Point, and Jason Hruby of Pasadena, Calif.;
siblings, Andy of Pine City, Minn., Kevin (Sue) of Franklin, Minn., Mary Anne (Devon) Glover of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Peggy (Perry) Ziegenhagen of Owatanna, Minn., and Joe (Jody) of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; uncles, Fr. Robert Fox of Wolf Point, Jerry (Toni) of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and James Andre, Roseville, Minn.; aunts, Sr. Roseanne Fox of St. Paul, Minn., Eileen Nelson, Buffalo, Wyo., and Ann Gergen, Minot, N.D.; and numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward.
Vigil services were held Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Wolf Point and Mass was celebrated there at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. A reception will follow at the family farm.