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Rita "Dolly" Conway Obituary
Rita "Dolly" Conway

Browning —Rita "M. Dolly" Conway, 72, of Browning passed quietly away at the Blackfeet Community Hospital of natural causes on October 18th.

Rita, the eldest child of Andrew "Sonny Man" and Myrtle Crawford Sinclair, was born in Browning, lived in various locations on the Blackfeet Reservation and began her education at Chief All Over School on Blacktail Creek. She later attended the Busby Boarding School on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation and Flandreau Indian High School in South Dakota. Rita continued her higher education at the Univ. of Montana and the Univ. of Great Falls. She was studying for her teacher's certificate.

In 1958, Rita married Frederick "Butch" Conway at St. Anne's Parish in Heart Butte. During their years of marriage she gave birth to 3 daughters and a son. In 1960, Dolly and Butch relocated to Denver, CO where Butch became a certified barber. Upon returning to Browning, Rita's main employment was that of mother and homemaker. She later was employed as a clerk at Buttreys, a teacher's aide in the Browning School system, a secretary for the H.I.P. program and lastly with KIPCO Hardware as a bookkeeper.

After the death of her husband 1991, she enjoyed traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She found great joy being surrounded by her 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Besides her husband, Rita was proceeded in death by her parents, her younger sister, Myrna Weatherwax, brother William Sinclair and sister Baby Girl Sinclair.

She is survived by her children; Carla Conway Fleury of Hawaii, Cheryl (Robert) Wild Gun, Carol Conway and Butch Conway all of Browning; her siblings, brother Roger (Patti) Sinclair of Great Falls, sisters Jolene (Alvin) Wippert and Diane (Joe) Bird Rattler.

Rita was devout member of the Little Flower Parish. Her wake will begin Sunday at 2 pm in the Glacier Homes Community Center with a Rosary being recited at 7 pm Tuesday at the Little Flower Parish in Browning with Mass being celebrated at 2 pm Wednesday. Interment will follow in the Conway Meadow Family Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Oct. 20, 2013
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