Wolf Point Herald

Darla Cantrell

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Darla Jeannette “Ladybug” Cantrell, 49, of Portland, Ore., died Oct. 2, 2015.
She was born Oct. 17, 1965, in Poplar to Judy Rae Archambeau and Milton Charles Cantrell. She was the second child of Judy Rae's five children.
She was a lover of people, music, dance and adventure. She resided in Portland, Ore., primarily for the last 16 years. She did move around, but she considered Portland her home.  
Her education began at Clover Creek Elementary School in Puyallup, Wash. She attended Poplar Schools in Poplar, Paris Gibson Jr. High in Great Falls, and Chief Leschi school in Tacoma, Wash.
To finish off her academic career, she also attended Job Corps in Astoria, Ore.  Unfortunately, school just wasn't her favorite thing, but  that  didn't stop her from receiving  her G.E.D. With that, she was able to attain culinary secondary education and cooking was  her true passion.
She had a gift for bringing people together and loved them unconditionally with no qualms.  
She was the apple of Gram Marie's eyes and they were together almost since day one.
She especially enjoyed pow-wows and loved to fancy dance. She was amazing and Gram sewed all of Darla's dresses and beaded all her regalia.
She also gave birth to children whom she loved with her whole being. Unfortunately, she did not get to spend her life with all of her children. Her children were born Dec. 5, 1982; May 5, 1985; Sept. 7, 1987; Aug. 16, 1994; Sept. 16, 1995; Oct. 16, 1996; Feb. 19, 2000; May 17, 2001.
She was preceded in death by father, Henry David Mitchell; and baby sister, Henrietta Marie Mitchell.
She is survived by  brother, Russell Wayne Cantrell; sister, Tomi Rae Mitchell Peterson; brother, Robert Henry Mitchell; her children, Russ'ett Lynn, Janelle Marie, Courtney Lee (Cantrell), Colleen Joy, Clanci Fawn, Tudie Raine, Richard Ben Jacob, Malia Le Rae (Crosby); and numerous grandchildren.
A rosary will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Poplar City Cemetery.  Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Ruth Portra

Ruth M. Portra, 88, of Froid, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, at Roosevelt  Medical Center in Culbertson.
She was born on Oct. 8, 1926, in Dane Valley, McCabe, the daughter of Mark and Maude (Blowers) Davis. She is the last one of the Davis family. She grew up in the Bainville area and attended rural schools.
On March 18, 1947, she married James R. Portra. They made their home in the Bainville area, where they raised their family. She helped her husband with his custodian duties at the Bainville Schools. They moved to Poplar then to Plentywood before returning to the family farm in East Froid in 1980 and, in 1990, they moved into Froid.
Her husband, James, died in November 2000   and she remained in Froid. In 2013, she entered the Roosevelt Memorial Nursing Home.
She enjoyed fishing with her husband. She also enjoyed cooking, baking and taking care of their five children.
She is survived by her two daughters, Linda Brunelle of Longview, Wash., and Arlis Curtis of Spring Creek, Nev.; her three sons, Kenneth  Portra, Lustre, Roger Portra, Raymond, Wash., and Byron Portra, Joplin, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two sisters; and three brothers.
At her request, cremation has taken place under the direction of the
Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Sidney.

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Allen Larsen

Allen Larsen, 97, longtime Culbertson educator, of Culbertson, more recently of Keizer, Ore., died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, at Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson.
Cremation will take place and memorial services are pending for later this month in Culbertson. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Williston is assisting the family.

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Irene Ersness

Irene “Georgia” Ersness, 89, died Oct. 3, 2015, at the Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point.  
Visitation will be held from 8:30 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Entombment will take place at the Plentywood Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Dwight Big Leggins

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Dwight Big Leggins, 62, died Sept. 22, 2015, at Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point.
He was born on Feb. 1, 1953, in Frazer to Sherwin and Bernice (Smoker) Big Leggins. He attended schools in Frazer.
He was a lifelong mechanic, often working with his uncle Allen Smoker.  He went to auto body school in Billings and Denver, Colo.  
He married Clarice Follet and they later divorced.  From their union came two sons, Christopher and Roy Big Leggins.  
He loved to hunt, drive around, fish and work on cars.  He truly enjoyed cars and his ability to work on them and make them good as new.
He is survived by his sons, Christopher and Roy Big Leggins; and brothers, Sherwin Big Leggins Jr., David, Dewayne, Franklin Turn Toes and Rodney Turn Toes.
He had a special niece, Pauline Smoker, who took care of him during his stay at Faith Lutheran Home.  
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Harold and Eugene; a sister, baby girl Big Leggins; and a baby brother, Louis Turn Toes.
His funeral service was held Sept. 25, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point.  Graveside services followed the funeral service at Saint Joseph Cemetery in Frazer. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point was entrusted with arrangements.

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