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Barbara Jean Stuver

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LEWISTOWN Barbara Jean (Sekora) Stuver, 70, of Lewistown, died of cancer Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Central Montana Medical Center.

Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Leo's Catholic Church, with committal to follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery beside her dear sweet, Deanne. Cloyd Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family.

She was born March 21, 1942, in Red Lodge, to Emil and Edith (Timmons) Sekora. They lived on Elbow Creek in Carbon County until Jean was 7 years old then moving to the farm Emil purchased on Rock Creek near Joliet. Jean attended schools in Joliet and graduated from Montana State College in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in home economics. On June 20, 1964, she married David J. Stuver and moved with him to several locations in Montana before they settled in Lewistown in 1985.

She was a dedicated mother to four beautiful children, especially dedicating many hours to Deanne, who saw 15 years of serious illness. After Deanne passed away in 1997, David asked whether "we might have done more for her," and Jean answered with typical direct honesty: "I couldn't have! I did the very best job I knew how to do!" This statement was true of all her years in caring for her family. She designed and made all Deanne's clothing, and her knowledge of cooking and foods was evident in her reputation as a remarkable cook and baker, including specialty Christmas fruitcakes and candies. During later years, Jean enjoyed annual trips to Jackson Hole and Cody and many Yellowstone Park trips, many during the winter. The highlight of vacations was a week in Scotland when her daughter Dawn was married.

Jean calmly accepted stomach cancer just as she had dealt with breast cancer and earlier problems.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; and one daughter.

She is survived by her husband, David of Lewistown; sons Michael (Elizabeth) of Seattle and Jule of Great Falls; daughter Dawn (Jason) Robinson of Portland, Ore.; grandsons Kelby and Keegan of Seattle and Tibor of Great Falls; her sister, Marie Kilwien of Texas; niece Sherri of Texas; and nephews Jonathan of Texas and Richard in California. On her husband's side, she was important to his two brothers and three sisters plus nephews and nieces.

Condolences may be posted online at www.cloydfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 8, 2013
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