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Allen Leon Pinson Jr.
Allen Leon Pinson Jr, 63, was born April 22 1947 in Huntington WVa. He died Sept. 10 2010 in Livingston.
Graveside committal took place Thursday Sept 6 at 2 pm at Mountain View Cemetery. Officiating was Sandy Williams, hospice chaplain. Recorded musical selections included "The Old Rugged Cross," "If Heaven," "Amarillo by Morning," and "Take Me Home Country Roads." Casket bearers were Shane Pinson, Jake Pinson, Ron Davis, Brett Johnson, Rick Langan, Justin Sarrazin and Tug Langan.
Interment took place at Mountain View Cemetery, Livigston with military honors accorded by members of Park Post No 23 American Legion under commander Bob Skillman. THe honor guard was formed by Tom Sarrazin, Travis Chavallier, Fred Shellenberg, David Cossey, Tom Gilbert, and Chris Sturm. Color guard members were Jim Held, Dick Perry, Dale Booth and John Olson with bugler Norbert Herauf.
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Mettie Marie Smith
Mettie Marie Smith,04, formerly of Livingston, was born Dec 3 1905 in Everett Wa. She died Sept 12 2010 in Missoula. A funeral service was held Friday Sept 17 at 10 am at Holbrook United Methodist Church in Livingston with Rev. Glenn Woodson officiating. Vocalist Ernie Briggs was accompanied by Sarah Leyde.
Casket bearers were Matthew Smith, Jeffery Smith, Justin Smith, Kendall Smith, Gregory Kenyon and Dan Croskrey. Interment took place at Mountain View Cemetery in Livingston. Arrangements wer under the direction of Franzen Davis Funeral Home.
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Rausaliene Mae "Rosie" Steeves
Rausaliene Mae Steeves 94 of Helena passed away Friday July 30 2010 at the Elkhorn Health and REhab in Clancy from natural causes.
Rosie was born Nov 30 1915 in Livingston to Oscar and Ruby Latsch. She graduated high school and was self emplyed owning Park County Abstract and Insurance in Livingston.
She married Kendall Steeves in Livingston on Sept 18 1936, and they enjoyed 65 years of marriage together before Kendall's passing on May 13 2001. Rosie loved her family dealy and loved spending as much time with them as possible. She enjoyed playing cards and dominos with her friends at East Park Villas.
Rosie was a devout member of the United MEthodist Church. SHe was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star, Bath Zabbia Nile TEmple No. 21 of Billings, Bath Zabbia Nile of Livingston, Grand Cross of Colors, and the Junior Woman's Club of Livingston.
Rosie is preceded in death by her parents, Ruby and Oscar Latsch; her husband Kendall, brothers Ross and Don Latsch; and a granddaughter Tammy Jean Steeves. She is survived by her children Gary(Ellen) Steeves of Gillette WY, and Saundra (Robert) Olsen of Helena;grandchildren Chad Loree and Greg Olsen, Scott amd Kelly Steeves and Tiffany Sparovic and great grandchildren Kendall,Jack, Ramey, Kyndra, Tyler, Bryce, Lauren, Hannah and Johnny.
Family services will be held at a later date with burial in Livingston. Memorials are suggested to the Shriner's Hospital. Arrangements are under the care of Retz Funeral Home.
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Colleen M Nickerson
Colleen M Nickerson,63, of Tom Miner Creek Road south of Livingston, died at Livingston Memorial Hospital Sunday evening Sept 19 2010.THere will a visitation and viewing at the family home Thursday Sept 23. Cremation will take place at Franzen Davis Crematory in Livingston following the visitation. Arrangements are under the direction of Franzen Davis Funeral Home.
She was born Jan. 19 1947 in Logan, the daughter of John and Eva(Cole) Kelley. She spent her early life and attended schools in Great FAlls and Cut Bank, and in Vallejo Ca graduating from high school there in 1966. On June 12 19 65 she married John A Nickerson in Vallejo. THey lived at various locations including Vallejo and Vacaville Ca, Maine and the Philippines before moving to Tom Miner in 2002. She was a devoted wife of 45 years and a full time mother and grandmoter, working hard to help support her family.
Colleen loved her family and enjoyed crocheting.
Survivors include her husband John Nickerson; son Andrew Nickerson and daughter Limberly (Lee) Harmon, all of TOm Miner;  son Virgil Nickerson of Kingsport TN; five grandchildren, Hannah Nickerson, James Harmon, Johnathon Harmon, John Nickerson, and Lane Nickerson; two brothers and one sister. She was preceded in death by her parents.
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GENE VICTOR BENSON
Gene Vcotr Benson, 91 of Livingston, died at Caslen Living Center Sunday evening, May 22, 2011. Crematio has taken place at Franzen-Davis Crmatory and no services  are planned at this time.
He was born APril 25, 1920 in New York City, the son of Raymond and Ann Benson. He spent his early life in New York and later received a degree in animal husbandry. InWorld war II. FIrstLieutenant Benson served in the 15th Army Air Force. He was stationed in Cherignola, Italy. He flew with the 740th Squadron as lead  bombardier for the 455th Bomb Group. He survived 49 missions into the heart of Germany and occupied Europe. Gene was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and the Mediterranean Theater of Operations medl with three battle stars. He was also awarded the Air Medal with threeaok clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Following his honorable discharge he returned to the United States and in 1946 married Jeanne Calfree in Van Buren Ark. THey lived in Tulsa O where their son Wictor was born in 1949. Gene worked as a regional manager for the Popsicle Co. for 25 years before starting his business , National Ice Cream Enterprises (NICE) in 1971. He was affectionately known as the "NICE" guy.
During those years, Gene and his wife visited Livingston and Park County often on fishing excursions. They loved the area, s after selling his business in 1985 they moved to Livingston. Jeanne died in 1992. Gene remained in Livingston moving into Caslen LivingCenter in 2007. Gene was a proud resident of Montana and felt Livingston was the greatest place on Earth. He was a lifelong fly fisherman and was a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers.
Survivors include his son Vic Benson of Pasadena ca and a niece Nina Woodrson of Sonoma Ca. Please mke any memorial donations to Trout Unlimited in Livingston.
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MARGARET ANN SAMMICK
Margaret Ann Sammick, 92, died June 6, 2011 of cardiac problems in Cooney Convalescent Home in Helena where she has resided for almost four years. She was born on Nov. 4, 1918 i Livingston, where she described a very happy childhood. Her work experiences took her to many other states but she chose Helena as home for the past 37 years.
When she retired from the nursing facility at Carroll College in 1981, she had spent more than 40 years as a registered nurse, specializing in psychiatric nursing as a teacher/aministrator. In 1941 she received abachelor of science degree from St. Mary College in Leavenworth Ks, took the graduate courses at the Institute of Living in Hartford Ct in 1961 and earned a master's degree in psychiatric nursing from the University of Colorado in Denve.
After teaching at hospital schools of nursing in Galveston. Texas and later in Aberdeen SD she joined the Army Nurse Corps with the rank of second lieutenant. She was assigned to the 224th General Hospital Unit which left  the United States in December 1944 aboard Queen Mary. The unit was stationed in England, France and the Phillippines during which time she was promoted to first lieutenant.
Following her military service, she held teaching positions at St. Vincent's in Billings, Langley Porter Nueropsychiatric Clinic in san Francisco and at the University of Michigan. In Michigan, she started as an instructor for both graduate and undergraduate psychiatric nursing programs and later became director of the graduate program and received the rank of professor. In 1974 she returned home to teach at Montana State University and Carroll College.
Traveling with friends and reading were her main hobbies along with her love of animals ,especially cats.She was active in professional organizations and njoyed many years as a member of the Fortnightly Book Club. She will be remembered for her gracious, calm, and patient manner,her concern for the mentally ill, and her ability to accept major life changes.
Preceding her in death were her parents, George and Julia (Getsie) Sammick; and her sister and brother in law Lois (Halsey) Blair. Survivors include nephews nieces and special care taker friends, Dollie Gilbert and Mary Munger of Helena.
A viewing was held at 1:30 p.m. with a funeral Mass at 2 pm Monday June 13 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Helena. A reception was helf at the church immediately following the Mass. Burial will take place 1 pm Tuesday June 14 at Calvary Cemetery in Livingston. Margaret's choice for memorials are suggested to the Lewis & CLark Humane Society in Helena.
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