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Services were Dec. 28, 2012, for Esther Hinkle Hintt Chidley, 98, who had owned All Service Inc. with her husband.
She was born in Portland, Ore., on June 14, 1914, the daughter of George Hinkle Sr. and Katie Kreger Hinkle. At 9 months of age, she moved west of Billings with her family, working in the beet fields. In 1919 she moved to Sidney to take up farming. She attended Ridgetown School.
In 1926 she moved to Huntley for one year, then moved east of Billings to what is now McGirl Road.
On Dec. 16, 1933, she married Irving C. Hintt, who died March 10, 1949, in an accident while working on a car.
In 1934 they moved to Riverton, Wyo., to homestead with Mr. Hintt’s sister Lydia and husband, Dave Anderson. They moved back to Billings after one month, then moved to the dryland east of Billings in 1935.
After being widowed at age 34, she worked at Home Bakery on South 27th Street, Clarks Market on First Avenue North and at Custer Market on Broadwater Avenue.
She volunteered as a Pink Lady and a foster grandparent for 19½ years at St. Vincent Healthcare and was a senior companion for four years.
On Sept. 25, 1959, she married James W. Chidley in Columbus, and they owned All Service Inc. He died Feb. 26, 1976.
Mrs. Chidley was a member of Pilgrim Congregational Church for more than 50 years. She joined First Congregational Church in 1997.
Survivors include a son, Howard Hintt; a daughter, Marilyn Richardson; four grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First Congregational Church, 310 North 27th St., Billings, MT 59101.
Viewing was Dec. 27 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Services were Dec. 28 at First Congregational Church with interment in Mountview Cemetery.