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Arlene M. Gollihugh, 79, passed away ThursdayJanuary26, 2023 in Lewistown.  A Memorial Service for Arlene will be held Friday, February 3rd, 11:00 a.m. at Celebration Community Fellowship.  An obituary will be shared when complete.  
Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home.  Arlenes family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com

 

 

Heaven Has a New Angel

Cheryl Viola Atkinson, 67, passed on January 23, 2023. She was born to Leonard Anderson and Natalie (LeForte) Anderson on August 18, 1955.

She married Terry Atkinson in 1979 and they lived together in Lewistown, Montana. Together they raised one child Thom; who brought joy and pride to their lives.

Cheryl graduated from Fergus High School in 1973 and attended college in Billings, Montana.

Cheryl owned and worked at Hometown Sales with her husband until she retired.

A "yarnie", who started crocheting in high school, Cheryl spent countless hours dedicated to her craft. Her passion for the knitted arts followed her into her business where Montana made crafts of all kinds were displayed and she led classes to share her knowledge with anyone that cared to join. There are far too many warm heads and clean kitchens to count from all her years of knitting and crocheting. Among other hobbies, Cheryl will also be remembered for her beautiful voice and love of singing.  Before declining health took her voice, she was often heard singing along as she went about her day bringing joy and many fond memories to those around her.Cheryl has inspired many through her faith, strength, wisdom, and courage. She will continue to be loved by all her friends and family.

Cheryl was predeceased by her parents, Leonard “Andy” and Natalie “Boots”; her brother,Gerald “Jerry”; and her sister, Gayle. She is survived by her husband, Terry; son, Thom; brother,Vernon (Sue) Anderson; and numerous nephews.

Services will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church on February 2nd, 2:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Tails as Old as Time; an organization Cheryl felt strongly about.
Arrangements are under the care oCreel Funeral Home.  Cheryls family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com

 

Jan French, 72, a Hobson rancher and active community member died suddenly onJanuary 18, 2023 surrounded by her children. Celebration of Life will be Sunday, January29th at 2:00 p.m.at the Hobson School.  Viewing will be at Creel Funeral Home, Saturday, January 28th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Jan attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse called Cottonwood School.  Later,she attended high school in Wilsall where she was a baton twirler. She was a native ofWilsall,Montana, where she showed short-horned cattle and helped her dad on the ranch. Janserved as the Montana Shorthorn Lassie Queen and was honored through 4-H by attending theNational 4-H Congress in Chicago, Illionois.  She graduated from Montana State University in1972 earning a degree in Animal Science. Jan was considered a groundbreaker for women in agriculture asthere were very few women in the field of agriculture at that time. She was amember of theAlpha Gamma Delta sorority and was active in community service through theSpurs. Shemarried Kelly French in 1970 and moved to Hobson with him in 1972 to run thefamily farm, where she has ranched ever since.

She was active in the pork industry and ran the Youth Pork Days for many years. Kellyand Jan traveled all over the state for several years showing their Duroc pigs. Jan was an active4-Hleader for 51 years. She started the Utica Sapphire 4-H club in 1972 where she helpedhundreds of kids with demonstrations, showing their animals, giving reasons, identifying plants,keepinggood record books and learning the agriculture life.

Jan and Kelly raised three children; Brock, Sigrid and Garth. Brock was tragically killed ina caraccident in 1994. The family pushed through that tragic time only to have Kelly pass awayin2009 from Melanoma Cancer.

Jan was involved in so many community events. She was active in the United MethodistChurch, the chariman for Hobson Fun Day and very actively involved in the Hobson CommunityCenter.

Jan was the chairperson for the Montana Department of Livestock Board for many years.  Shefelt that she really made a difference and she was so proud to serve on that board.  Jan wasextremely proud of her kids and grandkids and actively supported them ineverything they did from 4-H, to school and sports. She enjoyed spending time with her familyand always made every event special. She was an animal lover and continued to work on theranch. Jan was amaster gardener and had a beautiful garden and gorgeous yard.

Jan was a fanatic Montana State Bobcat fan and attended almost every home footballgame forthe last fifteen years. She was even able to travel to Frisco, Texas to cheer her teamon in theNational Championship last year. She always made a point of taking the grandkids to afootball game every year.

Jan is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sigrid and Brendan Deegan of Hobsonand their children, Ashton (18) and Lauren (15); son and daughter-in-law, Garth and Kari FrenchofHobson and their children, Peyton (13), Olivia (9), Madison (6), and Kaden (3); her sister,Cheryl Robinson of Wilsall; her brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Valerie Lovely of Wilsall;

in-laws, Judi and Ray Harris of Simms, Amy French of Whitehall, Tom and Erika Owen ofRedmond, WA, Dan and Bobbi French of Hobson and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.She was preceded in death by a son, Brock French; husband, Kelly French; parents, Wendell and

Norma Lovely.

Arrangements are under the care ofCreel Funeral HomeMemorials can be sent to Stockman Bank in Lewistown or Stanford and made out to Jan French Memorial Fund.  Jans family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com