HAMILTON — Clara Elizabeth Nordahl Miller, of Hamilton, passed away peacefully on Nov. 26, 2019. Clara was born in Grass Range, Montana, on Oct. 5, 1928, to Knute and (Essie) Pearl (Gibson) Nordahl. Early in life, Knute nicknamed her “Dinky,” by which she was known to most for the rest of her life. Clara was born third of five children and cherished her siblings throughout her life.
Clara married Roy Earl Miller on August 7, 1947. Together they raised three children Mark, Bruce and Vera. They were married until his death in 2002. Throughout the years, Clara worked at Lone Rock School, in the potato fields, and finally, managed a motel for many years. Clara and Roy were active in the Stevensville American Legion. She set an example of hard work and self-discipline but never failed to have open arms for a warm hug.
Clara’s love of coffee, bingo and Wheel of Fortune were legendary. She loved to be busy, always keeping a tally of her annual bingo winnings, cross-stitching and crocheting. It was a family joke that Grandma’s social calendar needed to be checked before planning any gathering. Her eyes sparkled with mischief when she teased and her giggle was hard not to love.
Clara is survived by a family that loved her very much and will miss her even more: sister, Rosemarie Neuman of Perth, West Australia; sons, Mark (Willene) Miller, of Stevensville, and Bruce (Tena) Miller of Corvallis; daughter, Vera (Allen) Gilliland of King Salmon, Alaska; grandchildren, Anna (Will) Tuck of Hamilton, Tyler (Stephanie) Miller of Stevensville, Staci (Will) Brown of Chicago, Illinois, Calvin (Addy) Saylor of Minot, North Dakota, Renae (R.J.) Saylor of Watford City, North Dakota, and Alan and Katie Miller of Stevensville; great-grandchildren, Emily Tuck, Britta and Cooper Miller, Neveah Von Lanken, Jordan Sewell, and Bruce and Harvie Saylor.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Knute and Pearl Nordahl; husband, Roy Miller; brother, Fred Nordahl; sisters, Kay Clark and Evelyn Marks; grandson, Jacob Miller; and dear friend Marge Schwaderer.
A private family graveside service will be held on Dec. 4, with a celebration of life to follow in the summer. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.
HAMILTON — Carol Mae Shockley Cash passed a way peacefully Thanksgiving evening Nov. 28, 2019, at BeeHive Homes of Hamilton.
Carol was born Dec. 9, 1931, in Hamilton, to Clifford Shockley and Virginia Ward. Carol is a descendant of early Bitterroot pioneers—George W. Ward was her great-grandfather for whom Ward Mountain west of Hamilton is named. Her mother was one of twelve children born to C.W and Alice Ward. Carol had many cousins as well, whom she really enjoyed.
Carol attended the Darby School, graduating from high school in 1949. That fall she enrolled in the University of Montana and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She married Bernie Cash in June of 1951 in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hamilton, and they left for Texas, where Bernie was stationed in the Air Force. After one year they were transferred to Alaska where he finished his tour of duty. Following his discharge from the military, they returned to Hamilton and reopened Bernie’s Studio — Photography which had been closed for four years during the Korean War. They sold the studio in 1981 and Bernie began a lawn service, continuing part time with his photography. Carol became a tour guide for a local travel agency, taking many bus trips, cruises and traveling the world. Later, she took a job as a clerk for Driver’s Services for 13 years and in 1987 she became the driver examiner of Ravalli County (where she freaked out a lot of young would be drivers) and held that position until retiring in 1993.
In retirement Bernie and Carol went to Lake Havasu, Arizona, where they purchased a small home and spent six months every winter. In 2003 they sold their Arizona place when Bernie was diagnosed with ALS and in 2005 Bernie passed away in Hamilton.
Carol was a charter member of the Hamilton Soroptimist Club. She was a lay reader in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for many years and also served on the church’s altar guild. Carol was an accomplished Bridge player and she also enjoyed knitting, quilting and was an avid reader.
Carol is survived by her daughters, Maureen and Lynnette (BJ Thomas), all of Hamilton; son, Randy (Beth) of Lake Stevens, Washington; five grandchildren: Taylor Cash White (Preston) of Las Vegas, Brian, Shannon, Kevin and Nathan Cash of Lake Stevens, Washington; one great-grandson, Grant Cash White; and numerous cousins.
Lynnette would like to extend her special thanks to BeeHive Homes and to Ron Brothers. Her heartfelt appreciation also goes to Sakai and everyone from Partners in Home Care hospice for their loving attention to her mother’s journey.
A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hamilton in the spring of 2020.
Brother’s Mortuary is attending to the family. Any memorials may be made to Bitterroot Humane Shelter or S.A.F.E. in Carol’s honor.
LEMHI, Idaho — Nichole S. “Nickie” Adams, 75, passed away in the night, Sunday, Dec. 1, surrounded by her family at home. Brothers Mortuary and Crematory are honored to help the family. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.brothersmortuary.com.
Wayne A. Hedman
HAMILTON — Wayne A. Hedman, 80, passed away early in the morning, Monday, Dec. 2, at St. Patrick Hospital in 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.
James L. Modler
HAMILTON — James L. Modler, 87, of Hamilton, passed away Friday, Nov. 22, at the Discovery Care Center in Hamilton. Arrangements are under the care of the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton.
Jerald “Jerry” Leon Duce, was born March 17, 1935, and passed Nov. 29, 2019, at Hospice House in Kennewick, Washington. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, five children, 23 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.
Jerry was born in Basalt, Idaho, at home, to Daniel Leon Duce and Alta LaRue Kendall. He went to school in Basalt and graduated from Firth High School. During his high school years, Jerry met his future wife to whom he was married for 66 years. He made lasting friendships, played drums in a local band, and belonged to a 4H program where he learned to judge cattle. This began his lifelong passion of owning and caring for cattle.
Jerry worked at Thiokol Chemical Plant in Utah and then spent 32 years with Battelle Northwest in Richland, Washington. After retirement, Jerry and Shirley moved to Hamilton, Montana, and recently moved back home to Richland.
Services will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at the LDS Church on 1720 Thayer Drive, Richland, Washington. The viewing will be at 1 p.m and services begin at 2 p.m.
Funeral services for Judy L. Draft will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at Daly Leach Chapel in Hamilton, with Leonard Sokoloski officiating. Judy passed away Nov. 14, 2019, at Community Medical Center in Missoula. Cremation has taken place at her request.
Judy was born Jan. 22, 1940, in Billings, to Herbert and Mable McKillop. She grew up and received her education in Hamilton. Judy lived in many different places with California being her favorite. Judy was known for her cooking and fighting spirit. She loved to bowl, play cards and throw darts. Judy spent the last eighteen years of her life lovingly caring for her mother.
Judy was preceded in death by her father, Herbert McKillop and sister, Nancy Sokoloski. Judy is survived by her mother, Mable McKillop; nephew, Allan Gill; nieces, Michelle Maxwell and Carri Ellison; great-nieces Meagan Ellison, Marin Maxwell, Margot Maxwell; great-nephew Jesse Ellison; and dear friend Nancy Musial.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Haven House in Hamilton or a charity of the donors choice.
HAMILTON — Clara E. Miller, 91, of Hamilton, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Sapphire Lutheran Homes in Hamilton. A private family graveside will be held at the Riverside Cemetery in Stevensville. A celebration of Clara’s life will be held in the spring and announced by Whitesitt Funeral Home.
Carol S. Cash
HAMILTON — Carol S. Cash, 87, passed away in the night, Thursday, Nov. 28, at BeeHive Homes of Hamilton. Brothers Mortuary and Crematory are honored to care for the family. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.brothersmortuary.com.
Vonalee “Vonnie” Velna Nieczyporowicz passed away on Nov. 21, 2019, at home surrounded by her family and friends. She was born on Jan. 19, 1938, in Anaconda.
Although moving away from Montana at a young age, Vonnie had always wanted to come back and retire in the state she loved so much. She and her husband Alex bought some land and quite literally built their forever home. Vonnie and Alex loved the outdoors. They spent lots of time camping and fishing in California, Idaho and of course Montana. Their favorite lake was Como because they could do a little work on the house and then hop over to the lake for some fishing all in the same day.
Vonnie loved being surrounded by the wildlife coming and going through the property. Taking photos of the deer, elk, turkey, fox, squirrel etc…and many varieties of birds had become a daily occurrence and she accumulated many beautiful pictures and books on these animals. If someone visiting her saw a particular animal or bird she would get out a book and share as much information as she could.
Vonnie will be remembered for her generous giving spirit. She volunteered at Haven House, The Commod Thrift Store and Fox Hollow Animal Clinic where she made many lasting friendships with those who shared her same generosity.
Vonnie will be greatly missed by her surviving children, Scott Wade, Jeff Wade, Karen Stark as well as her grandchildren, great-grandchild and the many friends who loved her.
Cremation was Vonnie’s preference and has occurred. The family has decided to honor Vonnie’s life at a private gathering at a later date allowing reasonable travel time for friends and relatives.
MISSOULA — Faye L. Kuethe, 92, passed away in the night, Tuesday, Nov. 26, at the Missoula Health and Rehabilitation Center. Brothers Mortuary and Crematory are honored to care for the family. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.brothersmortuary.com.