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Westley, Connette Brookings  
Connette Lorraine Brookings Westley Mossyrock, WA — Connette was the second of four children born to Dolores and Charles Brookings. She was born August 13, 1949 in Great Falls, Montana. The family moved to Vaughn in 1958. Connette was the only girl in her class until 1963. She was a tomboy and spent most of her time riding horses. She attended Simms High School from 1964 to 1968. Connette had two daughters, Kari and Jami. Her family moved to Billings in 1974, where she worked as a receptionist until she divorced in 1986. Connette moved to Chehalis, Washington in 1997 and married Bill Westley in 2003. They lived in Mossyrock, WA until her death June 25, 2015. Connette enjoyed the many types of jobs she worked over the years. She also taught Sunday school for many years and loved children. Connette enjoyed crocheting, painting, and gardening. Connette is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by daughters, Kari LeBarron, husband Eugene, and their children, Lindsey, Lauren, and Jacob of Elberton, GA, and Jami Nicotera, her husband Kevin, and their children, Joey and Kelsi from Diamondville, WY; Bill's sons Jeff, Scott, and Jim Westley and four grandchildren, of Centralia, WA. She is also survived by her brothers, Ron Brookings, his wife Dixie of Sun River, MT, and Doug Brookings of Great Falls, MT; sisters, Denise Brander, her husband Jim of Chehalis, WA, and Carlee McClintick of Nampa, ID. In honor of Connette's last wishes, a Celebration of Life was held in Mossyrock, WA on June 29, 2015. She will be deeply missed by family and friends.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 25, 2015
Wight, Helen  
Helen E. Wight SUN RIVER —Helen E. Wight, 100, of Sun River, passed away July 26, 2015 at a local care facility. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Fort Shaw Bible Church. Burial will follow at Sun River Cemetery. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Helen was born at St. Peter's Hospital in Helena, Montana on May 13, 1915. Most of her childhood was spent near Craig, MT. She attended school in Mid Canyon, Hardy and Cascade. In the 4th grade, the family moved to where the Dearborn Inn is located at present. She spent her summers working for the Gary Cooper Dude Ranch, where she became acquainted with Gary Cooper, who taught Helen and her sister, Dorothy (Dodo) how to play polo. Helen graduated from Cascade High School in 1935 and in 1937 she graduated from beauty school. She worked in Fort Benton for 2 years, after which time she bought a beauty shop in Belt and called it "Helen's Beauty Shop." Helen met the love of her life, Walter Wight, while working at the Falls Coffee Shop in Great Falls. They married on July 27, 1941 in Cascade, MT. They then moved to Cascade, where Walt opened a mechanic shop and Helen worked at her shop in Belt. Walter was drafted into the Army Air Corp and served 3 years in the Middle East while Helen worked and cared for their son, Walter "Wally," who was born after his dad was sent overseas. After returning, the three of them spent 2 years in Cascade and then moved to Sun River. They spent the rest of their lives in Sun River raising 5 children, Wally Wight of Eureka, CA, Robert Wight of Great Falls, Roberta Smith of Conrad, MT; La Vada Clarke of Sun River, MT and Tom Wight of Great Falls. After the death of her husband, Walt, Helen moved to Great Falls and lived there until her death. Raising vegetable gardens and planting flowers, especially roses, was her favorite hobby. She loved traveling with friends and even played golf from time to time. Visiting with family and friends was a very important part of her life. She loved to reminisce about her life and things that happened while growing up and would brighten anyone's day just by telling her stories and adding her quick wit. Helen's love of her children, 8 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great grandchildren, of God, Church and so many friends blessed her life richly. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, brother and son, Wally. A very special thank you to all the care givers at Benefis Skilled Nursing Home for all the wonderful care you gave while she was a resident there. Condolences for the family may be posted online at .
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 30, 2015
Wombold, James  
James Wombold Great Falls —James Robert Wombold, 79, of Great Falls, died of natural causes on July 28, 2015 at his daughter's home in Great Falls surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 2, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at O'Connor Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 1 p.m. at O'Connor Memorial Chapel with burial to follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. O'Connor Funeral Home is handling arrangements. James was born October 12, 1935 in Malta, Montana to Chris and Mary Wombold. James was a carpenter by trade and began his work as a carpenter at the age of fourteen. He married the love of his life, Elizabeth Yelvington, in 1964 and together they raised their family. First and foremost in James' life was his family. James also took in numerous other children that grew up to be family. James loved baking and woodworking. He also loved fishing, hunting, and camping with his family. James adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved spending time with them. James loved the Jazz and Grizzlies, and his mood was dependent on their success. James is survived by daughters, Mary (Terri) Birnie of Spokane, WA; Linda McElmeel of Rockford, IL, Judy (John) Adams of Bozeman, Laurie (Mike) Kelleher of Great Falls, and Marcella (Dwight) Dahl of Great Falls; sons Melvin Yelvington, Michael Yelvington, and Mitchell Yelvington all of Great Falls, Matthew (Joan) Yelvington of Joliet, IL, and Dale Wombold of Missoula, MT. Additional survivors include his brothers Charles Wombold of Great Falls, Chris (Karen) Wombold of Cascade, and Lauren (Joanie) Wombold of Havre; 26 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Anne Wombold who died April 27, 2012. Condolences may be left online at .
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 31, 2015
Wurz, Evelyn G.  
Evelyn G. Wurz Sand Coulee —Evelyn G. Wurz, 22 months, of Sand Coulee, passed away on July 23, 2015. Arrangements have been entrusted to Croxford Funeral Home. She went to be with the Angels and is shining down on us. She is survived by her father Gary and mother Ruth; siblings, George, Amanda, Linda, Gary and Andrew; Grandpa Andrew and Grandma Magdalena; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Evelyn will be deeply missed by everybody. Evelyn had a smile that will stay with us forever. She is preceded in death by Grandma Susanna in 1994 and Grandpa George in 2009. Condolences may be shared with the family at
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 26, 2015
Zier, Fred  
Fred Zier Missoula, Mt —Fred Zier, 92, longtime resident of Conrad, Mt passed away on July 25th at Brooksdale Assisted Living in Missoula, Mt of natural causes. Survivors include his children: daughter Vickie Butka of Post Falls, Id, sons Ron Zier (Linda) of Puyallup, Wa., Kim Zier (Summer) of Missoula, Mt; 6 grandchildren; 7 great grand children; brothers William Zier of Renton, Wa., Herman Zier of Choteau, Mt. He was preceded in death by his wife Laura, 3 sisters and 5 brothers. Fred worked in Great Falls, Dutton, Brady and Conrad in his earlier years and then farmed with his 4 brothers until his retirement. Fred enjoyed traveling with his wife and son Kim visiting all of the lower 48 states. Fred loved to visit. Fred was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be missed by all.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on July 30, 2015
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