Mary Frances Childs - January 18, 1943 - April 17, 2017


Mrs. Mary Frances (Hoopes) Childs passed away early Monday morning in St. James Healthcare. Mary was born in Butte, Montana on January 18, 1943, the first of six children born to Jed and Lucille Hoopes.

Mary attended local schools and graduated from Butte High School in 1961. After graduation, she went to work at Blue Cross / Blue Shield. After the birth of her son, Jon P. Loomis in 1965, Mary graduated from Beauty School and worked as a Beautician. She was also employed for many years as a Custodian for the Butte Public Schools. In 1998, Mary graduated from Butte Vo-Tech, having earned her certification as a transcriptionist. She worked as a medical transcriptionist at Mercury Street Medical, before becoming employed at State Farm Insurance, from where she retired.

She met her husband, Arthur “Art” K. Childs, on a blind date. They were married on September 27, 1974. They were blessed with three children, Amy Theresa, Ginger Ann, and Arthur K “KC” Childs III.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents. In addition to her Husband, Art, she is survived by her children, Jon P. (Marisa) Loomis, Amy T. (Mat) Metcalf, Ginger A. (Ryan) Lienemann, and Arthur K. “KC” Childs, III; her grandchildren, C. Mike and Andy Metcalf, Kyle and Tyler Lienemann, and Brandon Loomis; and brothers and sisters, Clifford J. (Patty) Hoopes, Jean Ann Johnson, Marie “Snooks” (Dennis) Fisher, James “Jed” (Lesley) Hoopes, and Kay (Dan) O’Connell. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Ted (Anita) Childs; sister-in-law, Regina (Eric) Kaupanger; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends are asked to join the family on Thursday after 5:00 PM in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Parish Vigil will be recited at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 in St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.