Barbara Maryann Sundine

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Barbara Maryann Sundine, 84, of Great Falls, a retired credit manager, died of natural causes Saturday, Oct. 6, at her home.

No services are planned at her request. Schnider Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Barbara Maryann (Hammer) Sundine was born March 3, 1928, to Arnold and Theda Hammer in Billings. She attended Billings Senior High and Eastern Montana College in Billings. She held various jobs until her marriage to Lyle Sundine in 1950. She and Lyle were foster parents for newborns and also helped pregnant unwed mothers. She held a job at the city offices in Anoka, Minn., until 1969 when they moved to Great Falls, where she was a bookkeeper at Kaufman's until her retirement in 1978.

She turned her focus to her hobbies of oil painting and sketching throughout her retirement. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and confidant.

She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Burnett of Billings, Nikki (William) Wahlberg and Penny Nelson both of Great Falls and Jamie (Lonnie) Arthur of Fairfield; a son Michael (Dawn) Sundine of Helena; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren, with another one due in April.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lyle Sundine; and a granddaughter, Katey Rae Lynn Arthur.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929, in memory of Katey.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Oct. 9, 2012
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