Rachella T. Haskin Devine, of Livingston, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 due to lung cancer. She was born May 21, 1944 in Great Falls to Charlie and Elvira (Kuki) Haskin.
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Rachella was raised outside of Kalispell and later graduated from high school in Missoula. She attended the University of Montana where she obtained a degree in geology. Later in life she attended Eastern Montana College in Billings to pursue a career in counseling.
Throughout her life, Rachella resided in Scobey, Ryegate, Roundup, Livingston and the foothills of the Beartooth Mountains.
On July 22, 1986 Rachella married William (Bill) Joseph Devine, her soul mate, who she spent the rest of her days with.
Her greatest passions were her art and spending time with her many friends and family. Rachella was a well-known artist and builder of ponds, waterfalls and fairy gardens. She was a great communicator with animals as she assisted Bill with his horse training clinics. She was a tireless supporter and advocate of all those around her. She was also very interested in science and was constantly reading up on her favorite subjects. In addition to her love for science, her wishes were for her body to be donated to the WWAMI Medical Program at Montana State University.
Rachella was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Ted, and sister, Jeannie. She is survived by: her loving husband, Bill; daughter, Irene; son, Dylan (Kristen); sister, Eileen (Gary); grandsons, Scott and Conner; special nephew and adopted son, John; in-laws Chuck, Keith, Jeannette, Billie Faye; many other nieces and nephews; and her many supportive friends.
A celebration of Rachelle's life will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 with a potluck gathering at the Livingston Bar and Grill. All friends and family are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you make a donation to the Humane Society of Park County, 3 Boulder Business Park Rd., Livingston, MT 59047.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 25, 2013