Swan Songs - November 2009
Marlene E. Wilkie
Marlene E. Wilkie, 66, of Bridger, passed away on Oct. 18, 2009.
Marlene was born in Oakes, ND, on March 29, 1943, to Melvin and Edna Sandness. She grew up on a farm outside Forman, ND, with a brother Ronnie, and three sisters, Lorraine, Shirley and Bonnie. She graduated from high school in Forman.
She married Lynn C. Wilkie on July 22, 1961. Marlene and Lynn lived in Forman; Watford City, ND; Billings; and eventually moved to Seeley Lake, where they built a home and resided for 25 years.
After Lynn's retirement, they moved to Bridger to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They built a beautiful home in Bridger, where they have resided for the past 12 years.
Marlene loved and lived life to the fullest. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, gardening, flowers, her home, knitting and crocheting. She loved to shop, attend rodeos, travel and was an avid Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins fan. She also loved to cook and bake.
Survivors include her loving husband of 48 years, Lynn; a son, Dana and his wife Lenor and grandson Alan; a daughter Tammy and her husband Roger Martin and grandson Jeff and granddaughter Kimberly Marlene; also, many nieces and nephews and many longtime friends.
To my wife, our mom and our grandma: we love you so much and words cannot express how much we miss you.
Services were held October 23 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Bridger. Interment was at Bridger Cemetery.

Anne Elizabeth Sanders
1921-2009

Anne Elizabeth Sanders, 88 of Laurel died at St. Vincent Health Care center in Billings on November 11, 2009.
She was born on July 9, 1921 in Allen Saskatchewan, Canada to Joseph John and Mary Elizabeth (Deters) Scheffel.
She married William (Bill) Sanders on June 19, 1941 in Stevensville. They farmed 26 years then moved to Seeley Lake in 1966. Anne spent the past 5 years in Laurel
Her husband Bill died in 1978 as did a daughter Billieann Spencer and siblings Joe Scheffel, Amy Beavers and Maddy Scheffel.
Anne is survived by her children; Helen (Don) Turner Haines, Alaska and Florlene Milliron and Dave Yaeger of Laurel. 6 Grandchildren: Gail (Mark) Wickein, Don (Stacie) Turner III, Brent (Kolcoy) Milliron, Clint (Brandi) Milliron, Shannon Spencer and Stacy (Josh) Konkol. 16 Great grandchildren; Laura and Linsey Wicklein, Sheline and Christopher Turner, Paige Heirmark, Jaidyn, Jordyn and Rikyn Milliron, Kaitlyn and Jesse Spencer, Brayden, Zayne, Kaysen, and Jayce Konkol, Cree and Jayci Milliron.
Also surviving is a brother Phil Scheffel and sisters; Rose Ryan, Mary Henderson and Regina Oldmanchief and brother-in-law Chuck Spencer.
Funeral Services were held in Stevensville on November 14, 2009. Burial was at the Riverside Cemetery.

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