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Violet ‘Grace’ Chapman

Violet Grace Carrington Chapman, 94, of Laurel, known for her handmade clothing and jellies, died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011.

She was born to Leon and Jenny (Kelsey) Carrington on Nov. 5, 1916, in Belfry. She attended school in Belfry, where she played basketball and graduated in 1934. She received her diploma in elementary education from Eastern Montana Normal School in 1936.

She taught for one year in the Willow Creek area near Red Lodge. On March 13, 1937, she married John Luke “Jack” Chapman. They lived in Roscoe until 1960, then moved to Red Lodge where she worked at Foltz Co., Mary’s Shoppe, Waters Men’s Store, and Beartooth Insurance. Mr. Chapman died in 1974 of leukemia, and she retired in 1981.

She was known for her handmade Western shirts, afghans, blue jean quilts, and for her jelly.

Survivors include daughters, Jackie Payne of Laurel, Geri Etherton of Seeley Lake and Linda Kesler of Laurel; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave. in Billings. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


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