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Marjie M. Stennes died Sept. 14, 2014, in Wolf Point.
She was born Jan. 13, 1923, the daughter of William J. and Rose Larsen Mitchell. She grew up on a farm northwest of Bainville and graduated from Bainville High School in 1940. She worked from January 1942 to May 1943 in Washington, D.C., during World War II.
Upon returning to Wolf Point, she worked in the clerk and recorder’s office for many years.
She married Edward R. Stennes on Jan. 13, 1946. He died in July 1950. Marjie began work at Northeast Montana PCA in 1962, retiring July 31, 1986.
Surviving Marjie are three daughters, Linda Moncrief of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Marcy Stennes of Burke, Va.; and Patricia Stennes of Wolf Point; by three granddaughters; and five great-grandsons.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Beverly Mitchell.
Cremation has taken place and the family is planning private services. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point assisted the family with arrangements.
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Florence Marie “Flo” Boysun, 86, of Great Falls, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at Peace Hospice.
She was born June 15, 1928, in Wolf Point to Anthony and Stella (Vodarski) Heser. She grew up on the family homestead south of town and rode a horse to the one-room schoolhouse at the end of the road. She graduated from Wolf Point High School and later went to Volkman’s Beauty School in Great Falls. After graduating from beauty school, Flo owned and operated Florence’s Beauty Shop in Wolf Point.
She met John Howard Boysun at a dance in Presserville after the conclusion of World War II. They married June 22, 1948, in Wolf Point and lived for a time in Presserville and Wolf Point, eventually making Great Falls their home, where they raised their two sons, Gary and Randy.
She worked as a beautician and also as a cashier in the cafeteria at Valley View School and C.M. Russell High School and at the lunch counter at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls.
Her family was very dear to her, so it was only natural that she found her true calling when her grandchildren were born. For this grandmother of seven, “no” wasn't a word in her vocabulary. She kept the candy drawer as full as her heart and never passed up a chance to make someone feel good about themselves.
She loved flowers of all kinds and took great pride in tending to the petunias, geraniums and roses in their yard. She also enjoyed shopping, a good waltz and traveling.
She was a member of St. Ann’s Cathedral and VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed volunteering at St. Luke’s Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Lawrence.
She is survived by her husband; sons, Gary Boysun and Randy Boysun, both of Great Falls; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Her funeral liturgy was held Wednesday, Sept. 10, at St. Ann’s Cathedral.
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Irene Marie (Torgerson) Panasuk, 85, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Greg Peed in Redmond, Ore. She spent the last nine years of her life in the care of her daughter with a debilitating illness.
She was born Aug. 13, 1929, on the family farm of her parents, Ole Michael and Inger Marie (Huso) Torger-
son, second generation Norwegian immigrants and early homesteaders northeast of Bainville. She was the youngest of seven children.
She grew up on the farm and started school at the Huso School, a small country school, until it was closed in 1936. Then, she attended school at Bainville Public School. When the weather turned cold and the roads were impassable, she boarded in Bainville.
She remained close with her siblings throughout their lives, especially her sisters, Hazel and Violet, and brother, Virgil.
She graduated from Bainville High School in 1947 and attended a year at Montana State College. She never finished college, instead returning to the farm to care for her parents. She married George Panasuk Feb. 5, 1949. They lived on the original homestead of the Panasuk family before buying land and building their own farm nearby.
For almost 55 years, they built their farm, were active in the community and raised seven children. She was proud of her family and their achievements which included many college and professional degrees and several military service records.
She will be remembered by everyone as a friendly, generous and community-oriented woman. She took great pride in her home and her farm and anyone who visited her would find a home meticulously cared for and clean, yet welcoming and comforting.
She loved visitors and was quick to offer coffee, sweets or an entire meal to anyone. She also loved calling on others and had a wealth of loyal friends.
She was involved in many school, community and church activities and, in the early years, she was a member of the First English Lutheran Church. She was on the building committee for the new Bainville Public School built in 1986.
She had many other interests, as well, including, reading, music, refinishing furniture, canning, collecting hair receivers, playing games and enjoying delicious sweets. She also enjoyed laughing, especially at Norwegian jokes.
As important as family and community were to Irene, the core of her life, and the source of her love for the people around her, was the Lord Jesus Christ. In the early 1980s, she became involved with Bainville Faith Fellowship Church where she was a constant presence and longtime member. She taught Sunday school for many years and was involved in many Bible studies. She had a rich and deeply-committed prayer life, and she could be counted on to pray whenever a need was expressed.
She is survived by her seven children, including her two daughters, Mary Katherine Peed of Redmond, Ore., and Amy Beth Marie Miller of Tijeras, N.M.; and her five sons, Dana George Panasuk of Williston, N.D., Miles Gordon Panasuk of Bainville, Mark Timothy Panasuk of Douglas, Wyo., Scot Tracy Panasuk of Bainville and Todd Michael Panasuk of Bainville. Also, she is survived by 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Orvin, Hazel, William, infant Violet, Violet and Virgil; and her husband, George Panasuk on Jan. 29, 2004.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. (Mountain Time) in the Bainville High School gymnasium. Pastor Lyle Thorpe will officiate and burial will follow in the Bainville Cemetery. Friends and family may call at the Everson-Coughlin Funeral Home in Williston, N.D., on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. (Central Time) and at the school for the hour preceding the service on Sunday.
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Roseanne Left Hand Gray Hawk Boyd, Yu yutapi waste winyan, Good to look at Woman, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014.
She was born in the family home of 12 children in Old Kenel, S.D., on May 4, 1934, to Mary Jane (Poitra) and Henry George Left Hand. She attended schools at Fort Yates Boarding School and Marty Mission School.
She came to Poplar in 1954 to babysit for her aunt Flora Culbertson and met Benjamin Gray Hawk Jr. The two were married in 1955 and to this union seven children were born. Even though they later divorced, they remained close friends until Benji’s death Feb. 1, 1998. In 1986, she married James A. Boyd, whom she later divorced.
In her early years, she helped her father break horses and helped her mother doctor many people as well as helped to deliver many children. She was a tough cowgirl and was still chopping her own wood at the age of 60.
She loved to visit and enjoyed cooking and fed many people over the years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing cards and sewing and she made many western shirts, dancing outfits, patchwork and star quilts. In her early years, she enjoyed beading and taught her children to bead. She raised chickens and turkeys and had a garden.
She was preceded in death by her son, Henry Gray Hawk Sr.; sisters, Alberta Rough Surface, Elsie Martin, Minnie La Fromboise and Esther Silk; adopted sister, Leona Claymore; and brothers, Theodore, Benny and Ambose Left Hand.
She is survived by her children, Mary Ellen Frislie, Tote Gray Hawk, Jolene Walles, Brad Gray Hawk, Lennie Gray Hawk, Ben Gray Hawk III and Cedric La Fromboise, all of Poplar, Terrie Lee Green of Iola, Texas; adopted children, Pete Dupree, Terry Gray Hawk, Justin Gray Hawk, Jason Gray Hawk, Melda Gray Hawk, Lisa Wettlin and Shantree Escarcega, all of Poplar, Joyce Growing Thunder of California, Ceya Long Hair and Sandra Yellow Hammer of Fort Kipp and Tommy Baker of Kenel, S.D.; sisters, Germaine Demery, Elaine St. John and Shirley Poitra, all of Kenel, S.D.; one brother, Clayton Left Hand of Kenel, S.D.; 63 grandchildren; 89 great- grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Her funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 8, at the James Black Dog Community Center in Fort Kipp with burial at the Fort Kipp Cemetery. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.
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Rita Mae Brown, 66, died Sept. 12, 2014, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings.
She was born in the community of Chelsea on April 12, 1948, the youngest child Hubert Brown Sr. and Bessie Comesky Brown.
Being the “baby” of the family with eight brothers and two sisters, all can only imagine the fun and complete protection she held during her younger years. She spent much time riding horseback, playing with dolls and making her own games within their “Chelsea Flats” playground.
She attended school in Poplar and Wolf Point, graduating from Poplar High School. She continued her schooling at Haskell in Lawrence, Kansas, graduating as a dental assistant. Her education continued getting her BA from NAES College. She also received several certifications from Lake Superior State College, Salish Kootenai College, National American Indian Housing Council, Fort Peck Tribes, Rocky Boy Health Board, National Center for Housing Management and Homebuyer Resident Counseling from Tucson, Ariz.
She was a devout Christian and served as an elder in the United Dakota Presbyterian Church.
She started her working years at a young age working for the Fort Peck Tribes, Indian Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Fort Peck Housing Authority.
She enjoyed watching TV and kept current with all new movies. She also enjoyed reading, visiting her family and grandchildren. She loved her grandchildren to the moon and back and enjoyed listening to their daily activities, which usually had her laughing.
She married Vern Weston and three sons were born, Brent Lee, Myron Taylor and Brian Harry.
She visited her favorite places, Mount Rushmore; Disneyland; San Diego Zoo; Grand Canyon; Tijuana; San Francisco; Disneyworld; New York City; Washington, D.C.; Hawaii; Alaska; and all places in between.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Abraham, Hubert Jr., Morris, Delmar, Mervin, Gerald, Tom Sr., Leslie Sr., Ramona and Sara Weeks; and adopted sons, Lyle Miller and Corwin Four Star.
She is survived by Vern Weston; sons, Myron and Brian; adopted sons, Kip Stiffarm and Anthony Archdale; and eight grandchildren.
Her vigil service was Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Wolf Point Community Hall and her service is Thursday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. at the Wolf Point Community Hall with interment at the Chelsea Cemetery.