Wolf Point Herald

James Samsel

James Edwin Samsel, “Jim,” 68, of Billings, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at home.
He was born Sept. 27, 1946, in Denver, Colo., to John Ethan “Jack” and Barcia Jane (Williams) Samsel. He grew up in Nebraska and graduated from Ogallala High School. He attended both Nebraska University and Colorado State University.
He worked in the family business, and later, he obtained his nursing degree from Northern Montana College. He worked at the Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point for 17 years until his retirement in 2011, at which time he moved to Billings.
He was active in Jaycees, both at the local and national level, where he made a lot of close friends. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus in Baker. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and watching sports.
He was preceded in death by his infant sister, Susan Jane.
He is survived by his brother, Steven L. Samsel of Canon City, Colo..
Funeral services were held at Smith Downtown Chapel in Billings Tuesday, Jan. 13, Private interment will be at St. John Cemetery in Baker.

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Lester Youpee Sr.

Lester Alvin Youpee Sr., “Jim,” 92, of Brockton, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.
A wake was held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Brockton Cultural Center. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Brockton Cultural Center in Brockton. Cremation will follow. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.

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Lori Faith Big Talk Lone Bear

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Lori Faith Big Talk Lone Bear, “Her Star Woman,” 45, died Dec. 27, 2014, in Brockton.
She was born Jan. 22, 1969, in Poplar to Vera and Matthew Big Talk Sr.  
She was raised in Brockton by her grandparents, Faye Bird and William Conklin for a short time.  The family moved to Bismarck, N.D., for a short time where she participated in Tai Kwon Do and Jin-Jitsu.
When she returned to Brockton, she brought martial arts back with her. Along with Monty Yellow Bird, they held classes at the cultural center. When she was in school in Brockton, she was on the drill team.  She was also a women’s traditional dancer from her teen years to her 20s.
She was employed as a CNA and also a flagger.  
She enjoyed all the time she could get with her grandchildren. She was very caring when it came to children.
She had enjoyed all the time she spent with her numerous friends and relatives that came to spend time with her. She was always spending time with her aunt Ducky Bird.
You could also find her doing another of her favorite things by cruising and arguing with friends.  
On New Year’s Eve 1996, she married Max Lone Bear. He precedes her in death with their son who died in April 1997. She is also preceded in death by her brother, Matthew James Big Talk, Jr.; sister, Lisa Big Talk.
She is survived by her children, William Thomas Big Talk, Robert Ben Azure Jr., Michael Wade Thomas and Mistty Jade Thomas; and five grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Jan. 3, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar.  Rite of committal followed at Riverside Catholic Cemetery in Brockton. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point assisted the family with arrangements.

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Mary Anderson

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Mary Ernestine Vandall Anderson, “Wa WoGiya Wiya,” was born Dec. 31, 1934, to Edwin and Ernestine Vandall in Wolf Point, Mont. The children, grand-children, great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews were very fortunate to have had Grandma Mary apart of our lives.  She went home to the Lord on Dec. 31 2014, which also marked her 80th birthday giving true meaning to the saying, “Angels danced the day you were born.”
Mary began working at the very young age of 14 as a waitress for the Wolf Point Sweet Shoppe. She was very proud of the fact that she was able to buy her parents their first refrigerator with her hard earned wages! This was the essence of Mary’s giving spirit! The greatest gift she bestowed to family, friends and those in need was the selfless act of giving herself to others.
Mary raised her family by working many years as a waitress. Often saying, “Make every step count” in whatever you do! She then went on to work in various clerical positions, as a social services representative for Valley County. While workings at this position, Mary could not help but once again help those in need.  She became a proud foster parent to many children for years to come.  Mary returned to Wolf Point to be closer to her parents, taking a position for A&S Industries as a government inspector. Mary worked hard in every position she held but was most proud of her full-time position as a mother, a grandmother a great-grandmother, sister, aunt, foster-mother and friend.
Upon her retirement from A&S Industries, Mary made her home in Billings where she enjoyed being close to her grandchildren and children. In May of 2014, Mary suffered a stroke; she kept her faith and worked hard at staying independent up to the time of her death.
The family would like to thank the staff of the St. Vincent Healthcare - New Hope Rehabilitation Center and those at the Valley View Home in Glasgow; all of whom made her wish of moving home possible and come true. She cherished all of you!
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Pedro, Joey, Johnny and Lyle; her son, Michael; daughter, Della; great-granddaughters, Gracie and Stormy; grandson, Russell; and very dear friend, Joyce McGeshick.  
She is survived by her brothers, Edmund Vandall of Lincoln, Maine, Gene Vandall of Wales, Mass.; and sister, Delaraine (Bob) Hauss of Rochester, N.Y.  Mary is also survived by her children, Carolyn Lee, of Glasgow, Linda (Russell) Hansen of Wolf Point, Cindy (Gene) Stellflug of Kennewick, Wash., David (Lorie) Watters of Billings, Leila Guza of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Bruce Appleton of Billings. Mary is also survived by her 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren and lifelong friend, Roberta Archdale.
Rosary was at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Interment followed at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point. Clayton Memorial Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
(Paid Obituary)

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Andrew Lamb

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Andrew “Andy” Marcus Lamb, 17, died Dec. 31, 2014, in Wolf Point.
He was born Feb. 10, 1997. He was in his senior year at Poplar High School and the captain of his school wrestling team.
He was born in Wolf Point, but lived in numerous places. His childhood was spent mostly in Oklahoma among part of his family that is located there. He also spent time in Utah, Wyoming, Arizona and several places in Montana. He loved people and made friends easily everywhere he went and continued many of those friendships even after he and his father moved on.
He was a good athlete and strong in sports. He especially loved wrestling and officially started during the seventh grade, but was continually wrestling with his father, Ray Lamb, from a very young age. His favorite pastime was wrestling with his dad and just generally picking on him. He loved animals and always had to have them anywhere that he was living.
He was a good-hearted person. He was loyal to the people he loved. He was kind, but never backed down from a fight. He enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews and sharing things on the internet that he found hilarious.  
He had hopes and dream for the future. He looked forward to graduating high school and thought about going to college, as long as it involved a wrestling scholarship. At one point in time, he even wanted to go on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in which he attended church regularly.  
He leaves behind many people that loved him.  Among these people are:  his father, Raymond Lamb; his mother, Beverly Jackson Lamb; sisters, Natasha Serawop-Schindler, Kaja Anderson, Rosemary
Kohal, Amber Lamb, Rhiana Christianson and Lulu Daniels.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 5, at the Wolf Point Community Hall in Wolf Point.  Interment was at the Oswego Presbyterian Cemetery in Oswego. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.

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