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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.
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Rose C. Miller-Lilley, 84, died Dec. 6, 2014, at Trinity Hospital in Wolf Point. A wake was held Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Silver Wolf Casino in Wolf Point. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Silver Wolf Casino in Wolf Point. Interment will follow at Oswego Presbyterian Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point is in charge of arrangements.
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Harry Three Stars Sr., Hehaka Gi, Brown Elk, 80, of Poplar died Nov. 27, 2014.
He was born Feb. 9, 1934, in Pine Ridge, S.D., to Sarah (Red Horse) and Paul Three Stars. He lived in Pine Ridge until graduating high school in 1954. Upon graduation, he joined the United States Army and served in the Korean Conflict from October 1954 until 1956 when he was honorably discharged. He continued to serve in the reserves for six years.
He moved to Poplar in 1962 where he met Hazel Lester. They were married in 1964 until her death in August 2006. They had two children, Harry Jr. and Sarah. He also has a daughter, Linda Three Stars. He also raised three stepchildren, Roy, Kathleen and Marylou Azure.
He was a hard worker throughout his life and held many different jobs. In his early years, he worked as a farmhand, a construction worker with C&M Construction, a security guard at the A&S gun factory, a laborer with the BIA irrigation department and a heavy equipment mechanic with the BIA road department. He worked as a security guard for A&S Industries and later for the Poplar School District as a security guard upon retiring.
In addition to the positions he held, he enjoyed helping family, friends and members of the community with mechanic work at his home garage.
He was a humble, respectful man who always had a smile on his face and a kind word. He was viewed as a positive role model by all who knew him. He always had time for his grandchildren and attended many school functions. He also enjoyed digging turnips, picking berries and making dried corn and dried meat. He shared the fruits of his labor generously with family and friends.
He began his dancing early in the 1980s and traveled to the many pow-wows in Canada and the United States. He was asked by the Badland Singers to travel with them when they were asked to sing at festivals and cultural events. He danced in Washington, D.C., at the Mall and Capitol; in Lowell, Mass,; at Carnegie Hall in New York City; and in Moscow, Russia.
He was a well-known traditional dancer and enjoyed the many friends he made in the powwow world. He enjoyed sharing and teaching his grandchildren this way of life. He held different positions in several powwow committees.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Alonzo “Puggy” and Pete; wife, Hazel; and grandson, Roy IV.
He is survived by his sister, Louise Smith; son, Harry Three Stars Jr. of Poplar, daughter, Sarah Three Stars of Poplar, Linda Marie of Kyle, S.D.; step-children, Kathleen Azure of Poplar, Roy Azure of White Shield, N.D., and Marylou Azure of Poplar; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. at the Poplar Activity Center. Burial was at Poplar City Cemetery with military honors.