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Elizabeth Larsen

Elizabeth Ann Larsen passed away Wednesday, February 4th at her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989 and it metastasized twice over the many years since her original diagnosis.  Bette put up a strong fight since her most recent diagnosis and beat the odds by surviving far longer than expected.  She was born in Butte August 5, 1930 to William Q. and Margaret L. (Malvey) Murphy.  She was raised in Butte and graduated from Butte High School in 1948.  She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in bacteriology and microbiology from MSU in 1952, went to work at Helena’s St. John’s Hospital and Shodair Children’s Hospital where she worked as chief technologist before returning to Butte to care for a relative and work at the community hospital.    With all this going on in her life she still had time to earn her commercial pilot’s license.   She and John Larsen were married in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on February 7, 1970. 

She worked at St. James from 1956 until 1971 when she decided to stay home with her two children.  She was active in many organizations including the PTA, the AAUW, the Butte Historical Society, the Butte Archives, St. James Axillary, The Genealogical Society, The Legion of Mary  and the Red Hat Society.  She was a loving and supportive mother who was involved with her children’s activities, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts basketball, baseball, softball, hockey and figure skating.  She enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling and camping as well as writing and recently completed a book she had hoped to someday get published, or at least be enjoyed by friends and family.

Besides her husband John, Elizabeth is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Teresa Larsen of Lewistown, daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Jeff Garber of Olympia, Washington, grandchildren: Terah Dayedes and Brityn Russell.  Also surviving are her sister, Renee Burns of Butte, nieces and nephews: Ray Jr., Caron, Paul, Mary, Mike, Tim and Karen as well as several great nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Ray Burns, brother and sister-in-law, William Michael “Bill” and Dolores Murphy, nieces and nephews, Candice, Kevin and Danny and brother-in-law, Ray Burns.

Cremation has taken place.  Liturgy of the Resurrection will be celebrated Monday morning at 11 o'clock in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and a reception will follow at Wayrynen-Richards Community Center.

Elizabeth always lived by the motto, “Find Jesus in everyone you meet!” and with that in mind her family would like to thank all the medical people who helped, especially Dr. Thomas and the staff in the oncology department in Missoula.   The family would also like to thank the loving neighbors and friends who offered support throughout this time.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Butte Emergency Food Bank.

Area deaths for Wednesday Feb. 4, 2015

Elizabeth Hokanson, 95, died Jan. 29
Joanne Ervin, 66, 
Carl Smith, 66, died Feb. 1
Dorothy Kohler, 86, died Feb. 1
Jane Giecek, 70, died Jan. 28
Ann Marcille, 99, 
Franklyn Smith, 78

Luana Smyth

Feb. 2, 2015
Luana K. Smyth passed away Saturday morning in a local nursing home.  She was born January 18, 1931 in Heber, Utah to Orson A. and
Gladys (Sweat) Kohler.  The family moved to Butte and Luana attended local schools including the Greeley, the McKinley and Butte High School. 

Luana loved animals, especially her puppies, Skippy, Dolly, Dorothy and Boo.  She was quite athletic and was a formidable adversary at softball.  She was also an accomplished speed skater.   While working at the Old Murray Hospital she met her former classmate, Albert E. “Rusty” Smyth on a bus and they were united in marriage on October 28, 1950.  He was drafted into the United States Army the following year and Luana joined him in Grover, California for a short time.  Following his discharge they returned to Butte where while raising a family, Luana returned to nursing school and with straight A’s earned her L.P.N. nursing certificate.  She worked at St. James for well over 20 years until her retirement. 

Besides her parents, Luana is preceded in death by her oldest son, Ted who passed away in 1996 and her husband Rusty who passed away in 2011.  She is survived by her daughter, Teri Kippen and son Todd Smyth both of Butte, daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Jerry Kirby of Rock Hill, South Carolina, grandchildren: Brie Ridder, Andy Kirby, Amy Kirby, Jason and Nancy Kippen, Brian and Melissa Smyth, Eric and Tessa Smyth, Heather Gitt, great-grandchildren: Trenton Ridder, Kyler and Kamber Kippen, Bridger Smyth and Connor Smyth as well as several nieces, nephews and their families. 

Graveside funeral services will be conducted Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock in Mountain View Cemetery under the auspices of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 

Mrs. Smyth’s family wishes to extend a profound and sincere thank you to the staff of Marquis Vintage Suite- Expressions for the loving care given to Luana during her stay.   Memorials may be made to Pintler Pets, the Chelsea Bailey Animal Shelter or Albert’s Angel Fund. 


Deaths for Jan. 31, 2015

Alice Guay, 87, died Jan. 27, 2015

Anton Bosch, 84, died Dec. 12, 2015 Posted from my iPhone using Joomla Admin Mobile!

Area deaths for Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

Joyce Galster, 86, died Jan. 29
Jane Rebich, 91, died Jan. 27

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