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Marion Ione Nord Buflod

Marion Ione Nord Buflod, 87, who taught for many years, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings.

She was born Sept. 13, 1925, to Carl and Elna Nord of La Bolt, S.D. She grew up on a farm, graduated from Strandburg High School in 1943 and started her teaching career that fall.

In 1945 she married John E. Buflod, and they had five children.

The family moved to Eastern Montana in 1955, and she taught at rural schools north of Miles City, followed by Rosebud, Hysham and Miles City elementary schools.

After her husband’s death in 1986, she moved back to South Dakota for nine years, then returned to Montana to be closer to her family.

She made frequent solo driving trips of approximately 500 miles or farther to visit friends and relatives until well into her mid-80s.

Survivors include a sister, Marlys Johnson of Strandburg, S.D.; children, Carl Buflod and Carole Warner; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Family and friends will gather next summer in La Bolt, S.D., to celebrate her life. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Donations may be made to children’s libraries.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 December 2012 15:07

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Linda Kreiger Yarlott

Linda Kreiger Yarlott, 68, who had worked for many years at the St. Pius X Catholic Church parish office, died at home of cancer on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012.

She was born Jan. 12, 1944, a daughter of Lawrence and Ruth Keller Kreiger of Sheridan, Wyo.

She graduated from Lodge Grass high school in 1962. She moved to Billings in 1962 with her parents and attended Billings Business College.

She married David Yarlott at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Aug. 21, 1965.

In recent years, she had traveled to Europe and around the United States.

She said, “I never knew where I was going, but I sure had fun when I got there.” 

Survivors include children, Frank Yarlott, Becky Padilla and Sara Yarlott; six grandchildren; a brother, Larry Kreiger of Billings; a sister, Holly Wagenaar of Big Timber; and a companion, Steve Thoms.

Her life was celebrated with a Memorial Mass on Dec. 22 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials in her name may be made to the Autism Society of America at

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Loretta Kern Heth

Loretta Kern Heth, 60, of Billings, who was retired from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2012, of brain cancer.

She was born Jan. 14, 1952, to Clara and Bud Kern in Billings. She was married and divorced and had a daughter, Lori.

She retired from BLM in February 2012. In March 2012, she was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Survivors include her mother, Clara Kern; a daughter, Lori; two grandchildren; a brother, Dan Kern; and sisters, Sandy Schneider and Linda Rekdal.

No services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

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Jeremy Lane Hall

Jeremy Lane “Pookey” Hall, 33, a pharmacy technician at Albertsons, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012.

He and his wife were active at Faith Evangelical Church. He  was working on a degree to become a paralegal.

Survivors include his wife, Amy; parents, Shirley and Delane Hall; and sisters, Melissa  Bjornsen and Heather Borwn.

Services were Dec. 22 at Faith Evangelical Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

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Emelda Katherine Dooks

Emelda Katherine Dooks, 75, of Billings, who loved flower gardening and was a faithful letter writer, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Aspen Meadows.

The daughter of Norman F. and Katherine LaMotte, she was born Dec. 20, 1937, in South St. Paul, Minn. She married Karl T. Dooks in South St. Paul on Aug. 29, 1959.

While Mr. Dooks served in the Army, they were stationed throughout the United States and in Germany. After his discharge, they moved to Billings where she had been a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church since 1975.

She had received care from Dr. Ben Marchello at Frontier Cancer Center and the staffs at St. Vincent Healthcare and Aspen Meadows.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Patrick T. Dooks of Billings; brothers, Richard C. LaMotte of South St. Paul, Norman F. LaMotte Jr. of Fayetteville, Ark., Armand A. LaMotte of South St. Paul, LeRoy LaMotte of Pflugerville, Texas, and Francis T. LaMotte of Trout Creek; and two sisters, Dorothy Ann Yarussa of North Oaks, Minn., and Rita Reynolds of Glendive.

Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary had charge of arrangements.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 December 2012 15:05

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Ada C. Bohl

Ada C. Bohl, 90, a longtime resident of Pompeys Pillar, died Tuesday evening, Dec. 18, 2012, at the home of her daughter, Darlene A. Bohl, with whom she had resided for the past 2 1/2 months.

She was born May 2, 1922, in Worden, the oldest of nine children of Stephen W. and Martha E. Ewen. She graduated from Huntley Project High School in 1941 and received a teaching certificate from Eastern Montana Normal School in Billings. She taught one year at a county school near Hysham.

She married George Bohl on June 10, 1944. They farmed near Pompeys Pillar and raised six children. Mrs. Bohl preserved vegetables for her family and made baked goods.

She was a seamstress who taught her skills to youths in the 4-H program, and she was asked to judge projects at many fairs. She also made decorative counted cross-stitch pictures and crocheted doilies and tablecloths.

She was a lifelong member of Bethlehem Congregational Church in Worden.

Survivors include a sister, Marjorie Durrand of Boston; brothers, Keith Ewen of Worden and Bob Ewen of Billings; children, Joyce E. Howard of Huntley, Jeanne K. Kronemeyer of Hot Springs, S.D., G. Edward Bohl of Tenino, Wash., William H. Bohl of Blackfoot, Idaho, Darell S. Bohl of Pompeys Pillar and Darlene A. Bohl of Billings; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Dec. 21 at Pleasantview Cemetery in Ballantine. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary had charge of arrangements.

Donations may be made in her name to the Bethlehem Congregational Church in Worden or to the American Cancer Society.

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Stephen Paul Foottit

Stephen “Steve” Paul Foottit, 61, who opened The Aquarium and often played Santa Claus, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

He was born Sept. 20, 1951, in Billings, the son of John and Hazel Foottit. He graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1970. In 1977 he married Marcene Louise Heitz, and they had three children.

He and his mother attended St. John’s Missouri-Synod Lutheran Church in Belfry.

Mr. Foottit worked for 13 years at the Conoco refinery. He opened The Aquarium in 1984, and he began playing Santa Claus for his nieces.

Survivors include his mother, Hazel Foottit; two sons, Paul Foottit and Mark Foottit; a daughter, Jolene Sarsfield; two grandsons; and brothers, John, Rick and Tom.

Services were Dec. 22 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.

Memorials may be made to the Ramsey Keller Foundation, 4456 Laredo Place, Billings, MT 59106, in memory of his grandson, Ezekiel; or to the Special K Ranch.

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Lois Marquardt Mitchell

Lois Marquardt Mitchell, 86, of Billings, who raised 14 children and had been director of Timbercrest Girl Scout Camp, died at home on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. 

She was born to William J. and Cora King Marquardt in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Oct. 13, 1926. She spent her childhood in Idaho and Western Montana, including Hot Springs and Kalispell.

After graduating from Flathead County High School in Kalispell in 1944, she attended Montana State University in Bozeman and Eastern Montana College in Billings and worked at Billings Deaconess Hospital until 1946. 

She married James David Mitchell in Billings in 1946 and raised their 14 children from 1947 to 1987. She spent some of those years working at Deaconess Hospital as a nurse’s aide and for the Treasure Trails Girl Scout Council as field director and camp director of Timbercrest Girl Scout Camp, where she was known as “Buttercup.”

She was an active volunteer at the YMCA for 20 years and the American Red Cross for 25 years. She was a member of the Lois Club, YMCA Birthday Club, Friendship Force, Global Grannies and LOWS Camping Group. She was a patron of the arts and had visited 27 countries.

She was a past member of the choirs at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral, St. Pius X Catholic Church, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and Billings Symphony Chorale. She was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, served in the Altar Societies at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral, St. Pius X Church and St. Thomas the Apostle, and was a member of Catholic Daughters Court of St. Cecelia for 64 years. She built a cabin in Swan Valley for family retreats.

She returned to college at the age of 35. While in her 70s, she studied Italian and completed creative writing classes.

Survivors include children, Robert Paul Mitchell, James Patrick Mitchell, Barbara Jean Zavodny, Mary Catherine Donohue, Cecelia Ann McKaig, Thomas Gregory Mitchell, Margaret Rose Ahlin, Dennis Joseph Mitchell, Patricia Marie Goodell, Joan Elizabeth Parker-Frey, Teresa Maureen O’Neill, Dolores Eileen Cochrane, Rita Clare Beck and Michael Damian Mitchell; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Wilma Minette.

A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, with a lunch to follow.

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Cecil R. Hughs

Cecil Ray Hughs, 85, of Billings, a retired pipefitter and welder, died Dec. 16, 2012.

He was born March 22, 1927, in Morgan, Texas, the son of James E. and Agnes (Cox) Hughs. He attended schools in Valley Mills, Texas. At age 15, he joined the Merchant Marines and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 15, 1945.

On Nov. 17, 1947, he married Caroline A. Kisel, in Lakin, Kan. He worked many years at Great Western Sugar and retired as a member of Billings Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 30.

He had coached Little League baseball, served as a Cub Scout master and served as a PTA president in School District 2. In later years he worked with his wife as a volunteer at the Billings Southside Senior Citizens Center.

He had received care from Billings Health and Rehabilitation Community.

Survivors include children, James Hughs, Mike Hughs, Cecil Hughs and Rita Wells, all of Billings; six grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Vigil services were Dec. 19 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Little Flower Church. A service for family members will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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Dennis M. Cox

Dennis M. Cox, 63, died Dec. 13, 2012, from physical challenges related to Down Syndrome.

The son of Redmond and Monette Cox, he was born Aug. 27, 1949. He had been at the Boulder River Training School, Norris Court, Stillwater Group Homes, Billings Training Industries and Eagle Cliff Manor.

Survivors include his mother and a brother, Christopher.

Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.

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