Virginia E. Neault of Whitehall died peacefully in her sleep on Dec. 26, 2009, surrounded by her loving family at Mountain View Nursing Home.
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Virginia was born Feb. 18, 1924, in Flint, Mich., where she lived for 56 years. Her parents were Ervin and Verna Suerwier.
Virginia married Keith Neault on April 21, 1950.
In 1980 Virginia and Keith moved to Montana to be closer to their son, Richard, his wife, Janet, and granddaughter Krista, who lived in Bozeman at the time. They settled in a house in the Gallatin Canyon where they enjoyed the many birds and wildlife on their property, which overlooked the river. They made many friends around the area of Bozeman. Both were avid bowlers and they belonged to a bowling league and traveled many places around the United States to play in national tournaments. Virginia also enjoyed raising and racing quarter horses, Michigan State football, music, gardening and cooking for her family.
In 2005 Keith and Virginia moved to Whitehall, where Janet and Richard had moved. They lived in a house that looked out over the valley and they could see three mountain ranges from their front window. Virginia loved watching the birds that flocked to her many feeders around the house.
Virginia was an excellent quilter. In her new home she had her own studio and she produced many wonderful quilts. She especially liked making quilts with pictures of family, friends and ancestors printed and sewn on the patchwork. Every holiday there was a beautiful quilt, or a table runner or a potholder under the tree which was produced with her industrious hands.
Virginia is survived by her husband, Keith; son, Richard, Richard's wife Janet, her granddaughter Krista Neault of Billings; and numerous family members in Michigan.
Preceding her in death were her sister, Alice Prine; brother, Ervin Suerwier Jr.; and mother and father.
Virginia loved living in Montana and will be missed by her family and her many friends.
Cremation has taken place. A private family memorial will take place in the spring or summer.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the
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 on Dec. 28, 2009