Albert Donald (Corkey) Clark passed away February 12 at his home in Townsend with his wife and daughter by his side after a long battle with cancer.
Corkey was born in Zumbrota Minnesota. May 31, 1930 to Oral (Buck) and Josephine Clark. The family moved to Radersburg Montana in 1938 where he attended grade school and later moved to Townsend where he graduated from Cecelia Hazelton Elementary School and attended high school at Broadwater County Higth School. After his brother Glen was reported missing in Korea he enlisted in the Army on March 8, 1951 and was honarably discharged on March 3, 1953.
Corkey has requested graveside services only. They will be held Saturday, March 1st at 1 p.m. at Deep Creek Cemetery with Military Honors. Townsend Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our family and friends for their prayers and support during Corkey’s illnes and a special thank you to the Hospice of St. Peters staff.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Hospice of St. Peters, 2475 Broadway, Helena, Mt 59601, the United Methodist Church of Townsend or a charity of donors choice.
He worked for the Montana Highway Department, Petrolane Gas Service and retired from RY Timber in 1992.
He and Myrna Tintinger were married November 16, 1957 and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Townsend on November 10, 2007.
Corkey is survived by his wife Myrna, daughter Lita (Rodger) Buck of Geraldine, son Barry (Lisa) Clark of Kalispell, grandchildren Kendyl Clark, Breanna (Josh) Sederholm, Abbey and Shelby Buck, Kirsten and Michael Clark, sister Irene ( Vern Engle), and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Glen, daughter Lori and infant granddaughter Lindsey Buck.
Betty Doris (Strong) Gillett of Townsend passed away Friday February 8, 2008 at her home after an extended illness.
She is survived by her husband Les; three sons, Terry (Brenda) of Gilbert, Ariz., Lynn (Evelyn) of Great Falls, and Jim (Linda) of Clancy, and her brother, William (Mary) Strong of Livingston. She had 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Betty was born July 28, 1926 in Livingston, to Howard and Vera Strong. She spent her childhood and school years in the Livingston area, graduating from Park County High School in 1944. Following graduation she and a friend traveled to Seattle to do their part in the war effort. She worked for Boeing Aircraft and then for the Army at the Port of Embarkation. It was there that she met and married Lester Gillett. They shared 62 years together. After Lester’s discharge they moved to Livingston where he was employed and they started their family. In 1956 the family moved to Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone Park.
Federation President in 1970-71 and as a National BPW Membership Committee member. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unity #42, the Telephone Pioneers of America, the Townsend Red Hat Society and the Townsend United Methodist Church.
Viewing will take place at Townsend Funeral Chapel Friday from 1-6 p.m. with the family present fron 5-6 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday Feb. 16, 2008, 1:00 p.m. at the Townsend United Methodist Church, 200 N Cedar Street. Burial will be at the Fort Harrison Cemetery on a date to be announced later. The family suggest memorial contributions be made to the United Methodist Church or a charity of the donors choice. Arrangements are being made by the Townsend Funeral Chapel, 310 Broadway in Townsend.
Following their retirements they spent summers in the Island Park, Idaho area and winters in Arizona until 1993 when they moved to Townsend Betty had many good years with her family.
Betty worked for Mountain Bell Telephone as a Service Representative from 1959 until 1981 when she retired. As a member of the Montana Federation of Business and Professional Women/USA she served as the Montana
Casagranda of Townsend and four brothers, Richard, Leo, Ronald and Robert Hudson of Detroit.
She is also survived by her extended family brothers-in-law Bob (Karolyn) Watts and Cliff (Darlene) York and sister-in-law Marie Mercer in Idaho.
We will miss her smile and continue to be inspired by her resolve.
Suzanne York, formerly of Townsend passed away on February 1st in Twin Falls, Idaho after a long and courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis. She was interred in Helena at Fort Harrison cemetery on Feb 5th with her loving husband. She was born in Detroit on July 10th 1950. She was preceded in death by her husband Ed York.
She is survived by her immediate family; one sister Anna (Clyde)
Mr. Dwight M. James, age 62, formerly of 140 Pony St., Toston, passed away on Monday, February 4, 2008 at Montana State Hospital after a battle with lung cancer.
He is survived by his son Dwight M. James Jr. and his wife Kelli of Lusby, Md., granddaughter Katherine, and grandson Chase, his sister Coral Graham and her husband Cole of Radersburg, his brother Lucien James and his wife Beverly of Lilburn, Ga., as well as three nephews in Georgia, one niece in Alabama, and other extended family and friends in
Cremation has taken place. Connors Funeral Home assisted the family with the services.
Georgia and Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lucien and Helen James of Loganville, Ga.
Mr. James moved to Montana in the late 1990’s. He was a 1972 graduate of Southern College of Technology in Georgia. He also served his country as a decorated officer of the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War. Prior to moving to Montana, he spent many years working in the garment manufacturing industry in the Cumming, Ga. area.