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Nelda S. Hernandez

Nelda Sue Hernandez, 67, of Billings, who had owned a bar and managed several restaurants, died March 22, 2014.

She was born July 30, 1946, in Thermopolis, Wyo., to Dwayne and Gladys McKenner. She grew up in the Hamilton Dome oil fields and eventually became a permanent resident of Carbon County.

She had owned a bar in Craig, Colo., and enjoyed making jewelry.

Survivors include children, Chandra Owen and Scott Blanton; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held later. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 19:20

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Marjorie Shay Murphy

Marjorie (Shay) Murphy, 89, of Billings, a registered nurse, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Billings Health and Rehabilitation.

She was born Oct. 19, 1924, in Laurel, the daughter of J. Roscoe and Lela (Bray) Shay. She graduated from Laurel High School and then from Montana State University Deaconess School of Nursing, Great Falls Unit, in 1944.

She married Frank Murphy on March 14, 1948, and they lived in Billings. She worked as an operating room supervisor at Deaconess Hospital, then as a private duty nurse, and finally as the public health nurse at the Federal Building.

After her husband died in 1965, she dedicated her life to raising her four children.

Survivors include a brother, Charles Shay of Lynnwood, Wash.; children, Ella Laden of Gardnerville, Nev., Frank Murphy of Laurel, Charlie Murphy of Molt and Patty Burke of Lancaster, Calif.; five granddaughters; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were April 2 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 19:19

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Burton H. Berg

Burton “Burt” Berg, 83, of Billings, an Army Air Corps veteran who was active in both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Billings Health and Rehabilitation Community.

He was born Jan. 24, 1931, to Martin and Ruth Berg in Forsyth. Although primarily raised and educated in Glendive, he and his wife, Joylyn (Atwood) from Richey, lived in a variety of Montana cities, with short stints in Nevada and Louisiana.

Survivors include three daughters, Barb Johnston of Richey, Sherry Oxtra of Gillette, Wyo., and Loye Eschenburg of Fairfax Station, Va.; a son, Steve Berg of Billings; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life was held March 31 at the South Park Senior Citizens Center. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to the South Park Senior Citizens Center, 901 S. 31st St., Billings, MT 59102.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 19:18

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Lois Ruth (Quamme) Nelson

Lois Nelson, 76, died the evening of March 27, 2014, after living at St. John’s Lutheran home for 37 years.

She was born Lois Ruth Quamme in Bismarck, N.D., on May 13, 1937, the youngest of five children of Milton and Grace Quamme. She graduated from Bismarck High School and attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., on a music scholarship.

She married Fred Nelson, and they lived in Grand Forks, N.D., and the Twin Cities before moving to Billings. She was active at Peace Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir and directed the youth choir. She also taught synchronized swimming at the YMCA.

During her fourth pregnancy she developed eclampsia, had a massive brain hemorrhage, lost the baby and became physically and mentally impaired. Mr. Nelson cared for her at home for seven years before moving her into St. John’s Nursing Home.

Survivors include her former husband; a daughter, Kari Anspach; two grandchildren; sons, Kurt Nelson and Kent Nelson; and sisters, Helen Gunville and Jeanne Tennefos.

On Friday, April 4, there will be a private viewing and burial for family members. At 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5, there will be a celebration of her life at St. John’s Chapel. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Saint John’s Lutheran Ministries.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 19:18

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Elva Loyning

Elva Loyning, 93, who had worked in a number of positions and graduated from college at age 69, died March 24, 2014.

She was born Dec. 22, 1920, in Melstone, the daughter of Harper and Maud Burton. The family lived in Roundup, Lewistown and Red Lodge before settling in Roberts, where she graduated from high school.

She eloped with Palmer “Bud” Loyning to Columbus on Oct. 1, 1944. They settled on a ranch on Elbow Creek where she was clerk for Loyning School. In 1955, they purchased the Burton Ranch and moved into Roberts.

Mrs. Loyning had managed the Red Lodge Café, was a Stanley Home Products area manager and was the activities director at the Carbon County Memorial Hospital. She ran for Carbon County commissioner and was a trained emergency medical technician. She made cakes for weddings and special occasions.

Mrs. Loyning was active in the Cowbells, Home Economists and the Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliary. She had been Montana state president of the Business Professional Women’s Club and Montana Farm Bureau.

Following Mr. Loyning’s death in 1995, she sold the Loyning Ranch and moved to Yuma, Ariz. Astoria, Ore., became her summer home before she returned to Montana in 2010. She had received care from Tender Nest Assisted Living.

Survivors include children, Linda Fenley Moyer of Grants, N.M., Hanly Loyning of Roberts, Karen Wrench of Billings and Harper Loyning of Salt Lake City; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held in the summer. Arrangements were by Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Association, Montana Chapter, 3010 11th Ave. N., Billings, MT 59101.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 19:17

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Jamee Kaye Buening

Jamee Kaye Buening, 50, of Billings, died Saturday, March 22, 2014.

She was born April 29, 1963, to James and Kathryn Gillen in Elgin, N.D. She graduated from Highland High School in Albuquerque, N.M., and attended beauty school before receiving training as a real estate agent.

Survivors include three sons, Dustin, Casey and Ryan, all of Billings; her mother of Dickinson, N.D.; and a brother, Bob, of Dickinson.

Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 19:16

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Marguerite Gertrude Holmes

Services were held March 26, 2014, for Marguerite (Fox) Holmes, 94, who had been head custodian for the Laurel School District for 20 years.

She was born Nov. 16, 1919, on a farm near Springfield, Minn., the third of nine children of George T. Wendt and Marie (Roeser) Wendt. Her early education took place in a one-room country school near Springfield. She graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Agriculture in 1942.

During World War II she worked at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Alameda, Calif., before joining the Marine Corps in 1944. She was honorably discharged in 1945.

She married a fellow Marine, Edward Fox of Laurel, in December 1945, and they raised three children. Mr. Fox died in March 1971. In June 1973 she married Edward Holmes. Following a short illness, he died in July 1975.

She had worked at the Laurel refinery and provided domestic support for many local residents. She retired in 1982 as head custodian for the Laurel School District.

She bowled in several leagues and won several awards for homemade Christmas displays at her home in Laurel.

Survivors include a brother, Vic Wendt; a sister, June Wendt; three children, Diana, Gail and Neil; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held March 26 at First Congregational Church in Laurel. Inurnment with military honors followed in the Laurel Public Cemetery. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:05

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Mildred ‘Mickey’ Brown

Mildred Marie Brown, 88, of Billings, died Monday, March 17, 2014.

She was born April 26, 1925, in Billings, the daughter of Carl and Anna Oehler.

She married Don Brown on Nov. 26, 1949, in Billings. They had five children.

She went whitewater rafting at age 78 and drove a four-wheeler at age 80.

She had received care from Highgate Senior Living and Rocky Mountain Hospice.

Survivors include her husband; children, Dan, Sherry, Donna and Debbie; siblings, Louise Sago, John Reprnak, Pat Knutson and Bill Reprak; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services were held March 25 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. A reception followed.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:05

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Helene Miklovich

Helene Miklovich, 91, of Lodge Grass, a retired teacher, died of cancer on March 20, 2014.

She was born Helene Rebecca Zier on Oct. 26, 1922, the 10th child of David and Mary Zier, who lived outside the now nonexistent village of Howard, Mont.

She graduated from Laurel High School in 1940 and worked with her family in the beet fields. She earned a teaching degree at Eastern Montana College and taught in communities around Montana.

She married Pete Miklovich in 1945 while teaching in Lodge Grass.

She had traveled widely, in recent years with a friend, Margaret Miller Torske.

She had received care from Heritage Acres and Big Horn County Hospital.

Survivors include a son, Carter Miklovich; daughter, Kari Streets; and six grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held March 26 at the Fort Custer golf course clubhouse just north of Hardin. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:04

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Vicki Baldwin

Vicki Baldwin, 54, who worked in daycare, died March 15, 2014, at home in Billings.

She was born March 23, 1959, in Hoboken, N.J., to Cathy and George LaChance. When she was young the family moved to San Diego, Calif., with a short stay in Arizona. She was raised in California by Cathy and Jack Nickel.

She married Larry Schendel, and they had had two daughters before divorcing in 1984. After the girls graduated, she Vicki moved to Montana, where she started a career in daycare with the help of Sue Anderson.

Survivors include her mother; stepfather, Dan; a brother, Steve; a sister, Wendy; four children, Shannon, Stephanie, Amy and Andy; and two grandchildren.

Services were March 22 at Harvest Church in Lockwood. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:03

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