She loved animals, poetry, Pringles, her warm blue sweater, and Warren Beatty. When Evangeline ""Vangie"" Chandler passed away on June 15 at the age of 97, she carried with her the love of her family and friends. Vangie touched and transformed the existence of those who enjoyed her wry wit, innate curiosity and unfailing kindness.
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She was born in Belfry, Mont. on Dec. 23, 1914, to Albert and Mae Brown. During her high school years, she moved to Bozeman, along with her mother and three brothers, George, Earl, and Jess.
Vangie met Edward Chandler in 1934 and they were married that year. The couple had two daughters, Georgia and Ruth.
In later years, Vangie's love of poetry led to publication of several of her pieces, bringing her great pride. Although her body grew frail, her mind remained sharp and her imagination fertile. Her dreams and memories were spun into verses that covered a plethora of subjects, from supporting our military to admiring a frost-covered window pane.
Vangie was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, whom she described as the handsomest man in the world; by her mother and father, Albert and Mae Brown; by her brothers, George, Earl and Jess; and by grandson, Larry Cumbo.
Survivors include daughters, Georgia Cumbo of Bellevue, Wash., and Ruth Chandler of Bozeman; grandchildren, Dan Cumbo and Carol Kammerzell; great-granddaughters, Kate and Krista Kammerzell, and her 'honorary daughter,' Lauri Olsen.
This very special lady will always be loved, and will always be missed by those who were so blessed to know her.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 27 at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at Dokken-Nelson. Interment will follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Memorials in Vangie's name may be made to Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, P.O Box 11390, Bozeman, MT 59719.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from June 20 to June 24, 2012