Elizabeth (McGrory) Hodges

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Libby (Elizabeth) Hodges, beloved wife of Kevin and devoted mother to Ryan and Owen died peacefully on Friday morning, July 18, 2014 in her Spokane home surrounded in the loving embrace of her family. Libby, a long-term breast cancer survivor and spirited advocate for breast cancer awareness battled the disease with courage, strength and unyielding optimism for over 18 years. Her dedication to life and living was echoed in her fierce love for her family and friends, an inspiring nature that she maintained until the end. Everyone lucky enough to know Libby and be touched by her easy smile and open, fun loving nature will remember Libby as always cheerful and looking toward the future that, for her, was always bright and hopeful. She lived life to its fullest and over the years of battling her illness became an avid cyclist along with her husband, biking miles to bring awareness and inspiration to her cause and all who suffer with breast cancer. Libby's blogs on "CaringBridge.org," inspired us all while keeping us up to the minute on her progress. Never one to shy away from reality or sugar coat what was happening, Libby remained grateful for the time she had to raise her boys and make life an adventure no matter what the length of that life would be. She considered herself blessed and as she said in her last blog dated July 10, "…it's been a good life and that in itself is a miracle."

Libby was born at Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., the fifth child of the Rev. John R. and Jane L. McGrory. She lived in Okinawa, Michigan, and Nebraska, moving to Bozeman in 1978. She graduated from Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah. She attended the Academy of Cosmetology in Bozeman and became a licensed cosmetologist, moving to Spokane in 1987, where she spent the majority of her career at DiBiasi's. She met her future husband, Kevin Hodges, at her first salon, Chee Chee's Artistry in Hair. Libby and Kevin married in 1991 and recently celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary. Their family was completed by the arrival of Ryan and Owen.

Libby is survived by her husband, Kevin, sons, Ryan and Owen of Spokane; mother, Jane L. McGrory of Bozeman; siblings, Richard McGrory (Bobbi) of Hanford, Calif., Laurie Bayne (Todd) of Phoenix, Ariz., Lisa McGrory of Bozeman, and Ramsey McGrory (Courtney) of Pelham, N.Y.; father-in-law, John Hodges of Spokane; brother-in-laws, John Hodges Jr. (John Mosher) of Seattle, Wash., Jim Hodges of New York City, N.Y., Jeff Hodges (Suzanne) of Spokane, and sister-in-laws, Mary Hodges (Mark Fanslow) of Spokane, and Ann McVicker (John) of Spokane, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. Libby was preceded in death by her father, the Rev. John R. McGrory Jr.; her brother, Ryan McGrory, and her mother-in-law, Ramona Hodges.

A rosary will be held at Hennessy Funeral Home, 2203 N. Division on Friday, July 25, 7 p.m. Funeral services will be on Saturday, July 26, 1 p.m., at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish. Burial to follow at Riverside Memorial Cemetery with a reception after. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Young Survival Coalition, Tour de Pink, West Coast Ride, Team Lemon Head, Libby Hodges http://www.ysctourdepink.org/site/TR/TourdePink/TourdePink-WestCoast?px=1054920&pg=personal&fr_id=1401.

The family would like to thank Dr. Joni Nichols, friend and hospice nurse Becky Flannigan, Hospice workers Jen and Casey, and all their friends for their love, support, and prayers. Libby was laughter, love and light to all she knew with a little bit of mischief mixed in. Please visit Libby's online memorial page at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com to leave a message of condolence.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 22, 2014
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