PHILIPSBURG Helen Marjorie Bayers Paige, 99, died of natural causes Sunday, March 24, at the Granite County Medical Center in Philipsburg.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Longfellow-Finnegan-Riddle Funeral & Cremation Services handled arrangements.
Helen was born in Lavina on Oct. 22, 1913, to Elizabeth (Dwyer) Bayers and Arthur C. Bayers. She was the oldest of six children. While in grade school, Helen rode a horse to school. Her family moved to Coberg, Ore., when she was a child, and then she returned to grow up in Dillon. She graduated from Beaverhead County High School in 1932 and attended Dillon Normal College for two years. She taught school in a country school in the Big Hole Valley for two years.
Helen met Boynton (Dub) Paige while he was teaching high school and coaching in Twin Bridges. They were married at the Bayers Ranch in 1934 on Dec. 26. Following their marriage, they moved to Ronan, where Boynton was employed at the Ronan Bank. Their son, Ronald and daughter, Gail were born while they resided in Ronan. Boynton was asked to move to Philipsburg and start the Flint Creek Valley Bank. They moved to Philipsburg in 1940, and Helen has resided there ever since.
Helen was an outstanding basketball player in high school, and one coach said he wished she could play on the men's team. She was an excellent golfer, winning many titles and ladies invitationals.
Helen was a Cub Scout den mother, Girl Scout leader and Mother Advisor of Rainbow, receiving the Grand Cross of Colors. She was a member of Pearl Chapter and Drummond Order of Eastern Star. She was instrumental in the refurbishing of the Courtney Hotel in Philipsburg and helping to make it into a successful museum. She was a member of the library board and was asked to be a trustee of the Flint Creek Valley Bank after the death of her husband in 1996. She has remained an emeriti ever since.
Her husband, Boynton; her parents; her sisters, Beatrice Staninger, Jeanne Lemm, Bertha Rossiter and Wanda Ellig; a niece, Jane Rossiter; nephew Ken Staninger; and great-nephew David Rossiter all preceded Helen in death.
Family remaining are her children, Ron (Judy) Paige of Philipsburg and daughter Gail (Wyley) Good of Fort Benton; grandchildren Denise Paige (David) Anderson of London, England, Heather Paige of Napa, Calif., Suzanne Paige of San Francisco, Calif., Rebecca Good Agamenoni (Mike) of Casper, Wyo., Paula Good Pease (Brent) of Gainesville, Fla., Jennifer Good Downey (Mike) of Mill Creek, Wash., and Charles (Tami) Good of Fort Benton; her brother, Byron (Pauline) of Twin Bridges; eleven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She loved sports. Helen and Dub did not miss many Grizzly football or basketball games in Missoula. Watching her grandchildren perform and cheering on her great-grandsons was a highlight for her. She was a lady all her life. Helen never had the opportunity to own a bicycle and consequently she could never ride one. She always loved music and took piano lessons when her daughter did, but she was told by her teacher she either had to have nice nails or nice music.
She was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, helping clean and set up the altar for many years. Father John Toles was a dear friend and supporter of Helen.
Memorials in Helen's name may be made to St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Philipsburg or to the Ken Staninger Scholarship Fund at the University of Montana Foundation in Missoula.
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