BILLINGS GAZETTE                                              Saturday, October 6, 2007

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Felton, Margaret

    BIG TIMBER - Margaret Esther Montgomery Felton was born May 2, 1918, in Chinook, to Paul and Oddrun Montgomery. She went to be with her Lord, Oct. 3, 2007, in Big Timber.
    She attended schools in the Chinook area and met Raymond, the love of her life, at a country dance in Blaine County. They were married on July 3, 1939, in Ronan.
     Margaret and Raymond managed the Farmers Union Oil Company in Chinook for several years, as well as having their first son, Maurice. They decided to try their hand at farming, with the purchase of 40 acres near Charlo. With this came Margaret's pride and joy, the herd of Jersey cows.
    Their second son, Richard, was born at this time. Feeling the need to expand their operation, they sold the Charlo farm and moved to a bigger place west of Missoula in the Nine Mile Valley.
     After the expansion took place and many more years of chasing Jersey cows, they decided to purchase some registered Angus cows to supplement the dairy herd. It wasn't too many more years and they made the switch to an all Black Angus herd, which still exists today.
    The expansion itch struck again in 1969, when Raymond decided to move the operation east of the divide to Big Timber. A second ranch was purchased in 1971 near Springdale and is still owned today. As the future progressed, more land was sold and added to what is currently Felton Angus Ranch.
    Margaret was a member of the Montana Chapter of the Eastern Star, the local Kill Kare Klub, active member of the Big Timber Congregational Church, lifetime member of the Montana Angus Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren as well as baking cookies for them, all four grandchildren having different favorites. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, family reunions, birds, especially meadowlarks, traveling and meeting new people.
    She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings.

    She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Raymond; sons, Maurice (Kathy), Richard (Karol); grandchildren, Bill Felton, Bobi Jo (Scott) Boeh, Kelly (Ben) Hursh and Jim Felton; as well as two great-grandsons, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
    Viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7, at Stenberg Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at the First Congregational Church of Big Timber. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607-1460; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
    Arrangements by Stenberg Funeral Home.

Published in the Billings Gazette on 10/6/2007.

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THE MISSOULIAN                                                       Saturday, October 6, 2007

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BIG TIMBER - Margaret Esther Montgomery Felton was born May 2, 1918, in Chinook to Paul and Oddrun Montgomery.

She went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, in Big Timber. She was 89.

She attended schools in the Chinook area and met Raymond, the love of her life, at a country dance in Blaine County. They were married on July 3, 1939, in Ronan.

Margaret and Raymond managed the Farmers Union Oil Company in Chinook for several years, as well as having their first son, Maurice. They decided to try their hand at farming, with the purchase of 40 acres near Charlo. With this came Margaret’s pride and joy, the herd of Jersey cows.

Their second son, Richard, was born at this time. Feeling the need to expand their operation, they sold the Charlo farm and moved to a bigger place west of Missoula in the Ninemile Valley.

After the expansion took place, and many more years of chasing Jersey cows, they decided to purchase some registered Angus cows to supplement the dairy herd. It wasn’t too many more years and they made the switch to an all-Black Angus herd, which still exists today.

The expansion itch struck again in 1969, when Raymond decided to move the operation east of the Divide to Big Timber. A second ranch was purchased in 1971, near Springdale and is still owned today. As the future progressed, more land was sold and added to what is currently Felton Angus Ranch.

Margaret was a member of the Montana Chapter of the Eastern Star, the local Kill Kare Klub, active member of the Big Timber Congregational Church and lifetime member of the Montana Angus Auxiliary.

She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren as well as baking cookies for them, all four grandchildren having different favorites. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, family reunions, birds, especially meadowlarks, traveling and meeting new people.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Raymond; sons, Maurice (Kathy), Richard (Karol); grandchildren, Bill Felton, Bobi Jo (Scott) Boeh, Kelly (Ben) Hursh and Jim Felton; as well as two great-grandsons, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be held 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7, at Stenberg Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at the First Congregational Church of Big Timber. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607-1460 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements by Stenberg Funeral Home.

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