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Margaret Louise (Golden) Brandt, 96, died Sept. 8, 2015.
She was born Aug. 16, 1919, in Culbertson to Andrew and Laura Golden. After graduating from high school, she moved to Portland, Ore., where she enjoyed a long and successful career as a stenographer with Portland General Electric.
She married Victor Brandt Feb. 19, 1974, and they shared many years of happiness and companionship with one another before his death in 2001.
She will be remembered for her quiet grace, organizational skills and love for her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Brandt.
She is survived by her brother, James Golden; and Victor’s three daughters.
A graveside committal was held Wednesday, Sept. 23, in Washougal Memorial Cemetery in Washougal, Ore.
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After a nine-month battle with cancer, Barbara Ann Lockman passed away at the age of 59 in Laurel, Mont., on Sept. 14, 2015, surrounded by family.
Barb was born on July 7, 1956, in Poplar, Mont., the fifth of six children to Lyle “Curly” and Hazel (Craigie) Lockman. She graduated from Poplar High School in 1974 and continued on to Montana State University in Bozeman where she was a member of Alpha Omega Pi Sorority and graduated with a bachelor of science in physical education in 1979.
Barb returned home to Poplar where she worked as the physical education teacher at Poplar Schools. Barb then moved to Sidney and worked as the Sidney Middle School librarian. She then moved to Helena where she resided and served as a Helena Middle School librarian and a driver’s education instructor.
Barb returned home to north of Poplar every summer, where she enjoyed working on the family farm, taming barn cats, seeking out treasures at garage sales and auctions, and spending time with her family and friends.
Barb was a wonderful daughter, beloved sister and favorite “auntie” to her nieces and nephews. To her family and friends, Barb was a beloved burst of energy, always there to love and serve with fierce devotion, to fill their lives with mischievous smiles and humor, and to instill in her nieces and nephews a deep love of nature, adventure and lifelong learning. Her beautiful spirit has had a profound and lasting impact on the lives of her family and friends and she is deeply cherished and missed by all who were blessed to know and love her.
Barb was preceded in death by her father, Curly.
She is survived by her mother, Hazel; and five siblings: Michael Lockman of Poplar, Donald (Carmen) Lockman of Brockton, Carol (David) Simensen of Harrisonburg, Va., Russell (Julie) Lockman of Denver, Colo., and Susan (Michael) Vennes of Laurel. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, at 10 a.m. with Father John Osom officiating. A private family interment will take place at Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Mary Lucille Finnicum Roberts Parkins, 84, of Culbertson, died at the Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.
She was born Nov. 3, 1930, the 10th and last child to Bernie and May (Holt) Finnicum. She began her education at the country school at Mona. She attended high school at Culbertson and graduated from Bainville. She was in her 50s when she graduated from vo-tech in Butte and later a two-year community college in Spokane.
After high school graduation, she moved to Spokane, Wash., where she waitressed for some time. Upon returning to Culbertson, she met and married Roland Roberts and together they raised six children. She worked alongside Roland at the bee yards until she became deathly allergic to bee stings.
She was a den mother to several Boy Scout troops and a Girl Skylark group from church. She grew and canned a huge garden every year for family and friends. She was artistic, an excellent seamstress, crocheted, quilted and was a good carpenter too. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and loved pizza and religious programs in her later life.
Throughout her lifetime, she moved 50 times and lived from Kodiak, Alaska, to Dallas, Texas.
In the last years of her life, she was married to Don Parkins of Spokane.
She is survived by her daughters, Vonnie Lambert of Fairview and Miki Chessmore of Butte; sons, Jim Roberts, Tom Roberts and Ward Roberts, all of Kentucky; 19 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her siblings; husband, Don; son, Patrick W. Roberts; and two granddaughters, Heather and Gayland.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. at the Community of Christ Church in Culbertson. Pastor Jack Scotson will officiate and private interment of the cremains will follow in the Crane Cemetery in Crane.
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Jessica Nedrud Parker Renville died Sept. 22, 2015, in Billings.
Services are pending under the direction of Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point.
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“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow! What a ride!”
Gaylon Harry Clemens, age 51, passed away after a tragic fall claimed his life on Sept. 12, 2015, in Williston, N.D. He died doing what he loved, helping his kids with projects.
Gaylon was born in Cooperstown, N.D., to Mahlon and Leona Clemens on June 3, 1964. He lived many different places in North Dakota and Montana throughout his childhood eventually settling in Wolf Point and calling it home. He inherited his ready-made family when he married Keeta DeLap on May 6, 1989, in Wolf Point. To Gaylon, blood did not make you family and he opened his heart to Andy and Meriah as his own children. He was extremely proud of his children’s accomplishments and told them frequently. He was always ready to help them, push them, or pick them back up, whichever they needed.
Gaylon enjoyed many things, and one of his favorites was helping family and friends as well as being “Uncle Gaylon” to many. He was always a busy man, never sitting still for more than a few minutes before finding something to tinker on. He and Keeta participated in several fur trade rendezvous reenactments, taking a trip back in time of a simpler life. He took pride in wearing the buckskin suit that Keeta handmade him, as well as putting up his large canvas tent. He loved these opportunities to unplug from the fast-paced world and reconnect with nature.
Anyone that knew Gaylon knew of his love of guns and hunting. He had a whole room dedicated to guns and reloading ammo and a huge collection of many guns that he enjoyed sharing his wisdom of. He jumped at the opportunity to teach children how to shoot and hunt and always taught them the importance of gun safety.
He was a very hard worker, working as a lawn maintenance professional doing park contracts for the City of Wolf Point and later owning his own lawn maintenance company. He was well known in town as the lawn guy. He worked for the City of Wolf Point from 2002 to 2012, all while still managing his lawn company. He was never standing still! During those brief moments of down-time, he was finding other projects around the house or helping friends and family.
He and Keeta moved to Williston, N.D., in November of 2014 so that they could work alongside their sons to run a Snap-On business. Although living and working in Williston, they still considered Wolf Point their home.
He is survived by his wife, Keeta Clemens; his dog, Allie; son, Andy DeLap of Williston, N.D.; his “other son,” Brandon Swoboda of Williston, N.D.; daughter, Meriah (Jeremey) Harms of Miles City; and his grandchildren, Austin, Aila, Tyler, Jordin, Kahlon, Kaylee, Lexi and Colton. He is survived by his brother Mahlon Jr. (Jere) Clemens and his sister Vicky (Jaronn) Boysun as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by both parents, Mahlon and Leona; his sister, Monica; and special dog, Tally.
“Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, we are still. Call me by my old familiar name. Put no difference in your tones. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, and pray for me. Let my name be ever a household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negotiable accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well.”
Visitation will be held on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. A prayer service will follow at 6 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Interment will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2015, at the family farm south of Scobey. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.