HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                              abt September 11, 1978

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Maida H. McCARTNEY

    The funeral of one of Chinook’s best-known citizens, Maida McCartney, was held at the Edwards Funeral Chapel in Chinook on Thursday, Sep­tember 7. 1978, at 2 p.m, with Rev. Robert Baker and Rev. William Stearns officiating. She passed away September 5 in the Northern Montana hospital in Havre. Burial was in the Kuper Memorial Cemetery in Chinook. During the funeral service Sian Stephens form Radio Station KOJM reviewed the highlights of Maida's life. Robert Armtstrong, soloist, sang three songs accompanied by pianist Mrs. Pauline Doughten.

       Pallbearers were Lee McCartney, Mike McCartney, Robert McCartnev, Ross Allison, Marshall McCartney,Gary McCartney, Tim McCartney, and Bruce Allison.

Maida HoIlett McCartney was born in Bay Roberts, New Foundland November 16, 1895. Her mother was Elizabeth Mercer Hollett, and her father, Frank Scott Hollett, was a Methodist  minister and missionary. Faith  in God, Christian love and charity were the backbone of her youth and grew:  even stronger with each passing year. At the age of seven she and her parents moved to North Dakota where her father served several  churches. She attended high school in Oakes, N.D., graduating in 1914. In 1916 she completed her teachers training at Valley City Normal College in N.D. and in July of that year she married M. Ross McCar­tney of Oakes. They moved to Chinook shortly after that. Ross passed away April 20, 1964.

    Maida led a busy life, serving as a counselor, confidant and friendy provider to in-numerable people. She was very active in community affairs and church work and was especially well known for her “Chinook Hour,”' a daily, radio program which way broadcast for many years over KOJM. She received many state and National honors as one of the pioneer women on radio, as well as receiving the undying gratitude of many isolated ranch families in Northern Montana, for her cheerful help in many an emergency before telephones reached the north country. Her “Dear Hearts and Gentle People” theme song became identified with her program which included bits of local news, a little philosophy, a few songs she played an her organ, and her friendly chatter which brightened up the day for many lonely people.

    Maida has not been broad­casting the last few years but has been active in the com­munity. She has been guest speaker at many events up to the last, and oculd be depended upon to be both entertaining and inspirational.

    Survivors include two sons; Clay B. McCartney, Chinook, and Tom McCartney, Choteau; two daughters, Mrs, Dave (Betty ) Sprinkle, Chinook, and Mrs. Ray (Colleen) Allison, Columbia Falls; ten grand­children; and six great­-grandchildren.                                                                                            

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