STEVENSVILLE — Jacquie Lyons passed away on Aug. 17, 2019, after an experience with cancer. She was surrounded by loved ones, at her home in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. She was 80 years old.
Jacqueline Lou Russell was born on Feb. 9, 1939, in Sioux City, Iowa. She grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jacquie moved to California in 1957 where she attended Chaffey College. There she met her first husband.
She began her elementary teaching career as Mrs. Pitcher in 1970 at Walnut Avenue Elementary and later Cattle Elementary, both in Chino California. In 1978, she met and married her beloved Ken Lyons. She taught as Mrs. Lyons until she retired in 1997. Throughout her teaching career, she earned the respect of her colleagues and the love of her many students.
After retirement in 1997, she and Ken moved to Stevensville.
Jacquie loved many things deeply and most of all her family, dear friends and her spiritual path that led her on a life journey filled with positivity and service. She was a spiritual mentor to many and she was dedicated to her “Wisdom Seekers” group. At her passing, she was the longest serving volunteer at Pantry Partners in Stevensville. In 2018 she was named Stevensville Volunteer of the Year and got to ride in a ‘54 Oldsmobile convertible in the Creamery Picnic Parade.
Jacquie was a voracious reader and loved all genres. She was a particular fan of multi-book, multi-generation sagas. She won ribbons and blessed friends and family with her beautiful crocheted afghans and projects. She was always extremely interested and knowledgeable about all that was going on in the world and was never hesitant to try new technology. For most of her life, she utilized her stunning voice to sing solos.
Jacquie is survived by Ken, her beloved husband of 40 years; her son, David (Lisa) Pitcher; daughter, Catherine Pitcher; step-son, Mark (Winnie) Lyons; and brother, Jim (Cindy) Russell. She was also the treasured and adored grandmother of Justin (Erica) Ridge; Justin’s parents, Tamara and Sande Ridge; grandson, Bradley (Marina) Pitcher; and grandson, Kurtis (Sarah) Pitcher. She also leaves behind nephews and nieces, Jim, Kelly, Jaime and Todd.
A celebration of her life will be held in the summer of 2020. Family and friends will be notified. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Jacquie’s name to Stevensville Pantry Partners Food Bank, 3614 Alc Way, Stevensville, MT 59870, or the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
Jacquie, we know that you are now singing with the angels! Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.
MISSOULA — Leora A. “Lee” Welch, 100, passed away in the night, Sunday, Sept. 1, at BeeHive Homes of Missoula. Brothers Mortuary and Crematory are honored to care for the family. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.brothersmortuary.com.
DARBY - Phyllis Bartkowski, 79, of Darby, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, slipped away from us Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, at the Marcus Daly Hospice Care Center in Hamilton with her devoted husband at her side. Our hearts are broken. She was born Sept. 22, 1939, in San Jose, California, daughter of the late Isaac (Ted) and Reba (Laverne) Baughman.
Phyllis was raised in California and in her senior year at Campbell High School met the love of her life, Clark Bartkowski. They were married Nov. 23, 1958, at St. Martin’s Church in San Jose and began their 61-year journey working and raising a family in the Bay Area. They moved to Darby in 1995 and built their dream home on their cherished Elk Ridge Ranch, where they spent so many happy evenings on their deck porch swing, watching the sun set over the Bitterroot Valley.
Phyllis was a member of the St. Philip’s Altar Society, the Hamilton Garden Club, and the Friends of Darby Library. She volunteered at the Darby Bread Box and was active in St. Phillip’s parish activities. She dedicated her life to her husband and children and was known for her cooking, baking, entertaining and quilting skills. She made every holiday special, and every day a holiday for her family.
Phyllis is survived by her adoring husband, Clark, of Darby; daughter, Tracy McGibben, of Missoula; son, Greg and wife, Janine Tunay, of Portland, Oregon; daughter, Lara Poncia and husband Colt, of Redwood City, California; six grandchildren, Clarke and Colleen McGibben, Cole and Adam Bartkowski, and Logan and Abigail Poncia; her siblings, Kathryn DiBenedetto and Robert Baughman; her sister-in-law, Linda Dodds, of Darby; and brother-in-law, Kent Bartkowski, of Hamilton; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Phyllis and Clark’s love story is powerful and inspirational. Their children and grandchildren are forever grateful for the true gift of the example of love and devotion they have provided for over sixty years.
A celebration of Phyllis’ life will take place at St. Francis Catholic Church in Hamilton on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at 11 a.m., with reception following at 12:30 p.m. in the Pastoral Life Center. The family suggests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the Marcus Daly Hospice Endowment Fund, 1200 Westwood Dr., Hamilton, MT 59840, or the Darby Bread Box, 206 East Tanner Ave., Darby, MT 59829. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.
HAMILTON - Larry Leroy Neely, age 82, died on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. He was born in Monahans, Texas, to Roy and Zelma Neely and was the oldest of five children.
After graduating from high school he attended a two year business college. After college he joined the U.S. Army and spent time in Germany. When he got out of the service Larry started his horse training years and had many accomplishments. One of his horses ran in the Kentucky Derby. Larry also had a career at the Ravalli County Bank in Hamilton and served on the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years.
Larry is survived by his step-children, Rocky Skaw, Howard (Cynthia) Skaw, Jody (Rudy) and Leslee (Mike) Depee; and his brothers and sisters, Darlene Birney, Jerry Neely, Ross Irene Gumm, and Steven Neely.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m. at Daly Leach Memorial. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.
Although it’s been a long year since Karl passed away on Aug. 14, 2018, he is still very much missed by his grieving loved ones: his father, Edward; brother, Kurt; sister, Rachael; and girlfriend Bridget Boudreaux. It must have been a glorious reunion in Heaven seeing again his mother, Carolee Davis Tolzman; brothers, John and Billy; and grandparents, Tolzman and Davis.
Karl was a compassionate gentleman with rare gift of old fashioned decency which was common in his family, which made him hard to forget when anyone met him. He also had the deep velvety calming voice to match.
Karl attended Randolph Macon Academy in his youth and CCBC for respiratory therapy just before moving to Montana. Karl was an accomplished scuba diver and was the drummer for the band “Throbbing Wolfpack” out of Baltimore. Although his life in Montana was cut short, he absolutely loved it here, as well as the people here. It was his life dream to own his own home in a country setting where he was content with the peace and tranquility of Montana. One of his favorite things was to just be outdoors looking at “our mountains” as he called the view from our outdoor deck.
A Memorial Service at St. Patrick Hospital was held following cremation. We’d like to extend a special thank you to Garden City Funeral Home and Crematorium for all of their love, kindness and support as well as professionalism shown to us all, especially Karl’s family who traveled here from Maryland to be by his side before he passed away at St. Pat’s Hospital.
CORVALLIS — Judy M. Fowler, 76, of Corvallis, passed away Aug. 26, 2019, at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. Judy was born Feb. 17, 1943, in Kelso, Washington, to the late David W. and Mildred C. Wend Fowler.
She was educated at Upper Columbia Academy in Spokane, Washington. She attended Pacific Union College in St. Helena, California, earning her nursing degree on July 31, 1968. She went on to earn her Masters in Nursing from Walla Walla College in Portland, Oregon.
Judy spent her entire career in Medicine. She worked at Monument Valley Mission and Hospital in Monument Valley, Utah; La Vida Mission – Boys Dean in Farmington, New Mexico; Tillamook Hospital Emergency Room in Tillamook, Oregon; Portland Adventist Hospital Home Health in Portland, Oregon; and Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital where Judy was director of Home Health and Hospice and later hospital assistant administrator.
Judy loved bird watching. She backpacked from Astoria, Oregon, to Tillamook. She liked car shows and ball games. She traveled to the Holy Land, Germany, Alaska, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Switzerland, Hong Kong and China.
Judy served the Lord for 30 years as head elder at the Hamilton Seventh-day Adventist Church. She loved serving the Lord and having groups come to her home and study the Bible.
She was preceded in death by her father, David W. Fowler and mother, Mildred C. Wend Fowler.
Surviving include her sisters, M. Joanne Jones and Billie Jean Fowler Ferster; brothers, James D. Fowler and his wife Jane Peters; sisters / friends, Ellen and Wanda Green.
A celebration of Judy’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at the Hamilton Seventh-day Adventist Church with Pastor Bill Whitney officiating. Urn placement will take place at Corvallis Cemetery. Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com.
The family suggests memorials be sent to: Blodgett View Christian School, 119 West Bridge Rd., Hamilton, MT 59840.