HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                                                        Monday, August, 19, 2002

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MILDRED MONSON  

           

  CHINOOK - Mildred Monson, 85, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2002, of natural causes at a Bozeman rest home. 

  Vigil services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be recited at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church with burial fol- lowing in Kuper Memorial Cemetery. 

  Mildred was born Dec. 29, 1916, at Chinook to Robert and Margaret Spencer. She was the granddaughter of Bear Paw Jack Griffin. The family lived southeast of Cleveland. When she was 3, they moved to a ranch in the Clear Creek area of the Bear Paw Mountains. Mildred attended the Diamond Bar School, which was a summer school that started in March. Some years, there were just three, five or seven months of school. It wasn’t until she reached her upper grades that Mildred attended school for nine-month terms. Mildred spent her first two years of high school at Saint Matthews, a boarding school in Kalispell, and her last years at Chinook. She graduated from Chinook High School in 1935. She attended and graduated from Northern Montana College in 1937. After teaching three years in rural schools, she earned her Montana Life Certificate from the Montana State University in Missoula. 

  Mildred married Melvin Monson in 1941. They had three children. 

  Mildred returned to teaching at the Boldt School and remained there for 14 years. She was instrumental in starting the North Chinook Booster 4-H Club and was a leader for 30 years. After the Boldt School burned down, she took a position as supervising teacher at the Zurich School. She was there for eight years. She retired from teaching in 1976 and in 1978 became Blaine County superintendent of schools. She also served two terms as trustee of School District #10 in Chinook.    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin Monson; daughter, Marjorie; and sister, Sybil Corrigan. 

  Survivors include her sons, Victor (Tammi) Monson of Omaha, Neb., and Eugene (Linda) Monson of Bozeman; sister, Roberta Fastje of Wilsall; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.     

  Memorials may be sent to Northern Montana Care Center in Havre or to a donor’s choice.     

  Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.   

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GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                                                     Tuesday, August 20, 2002

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Mildred Monson

  CHINOOK -- Former school teacher Mildred (Spencer) Monson, 85, of Chinook, died Sunday in a Bozeman care facility of natural causes.

A vigil is 7 p.m. tomorrow at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Chinook. Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church, with burial in Kuper Memorial Cemetery.

  Survivors include sons Victor Monson of Omaha, Neb., and Eugene Monson of Bozeman; a sister, Roberta Fastje of Wilsall; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

  She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Monson, and a daughter, Marjorie.

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THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                                Wednesday, August 21, 2002

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Mildred Monson

  Mildred (Spencer) Mon­son, 85, died of natural causes at the Gallatin Rest Home in Bozeman on Sunday, August 18, 2002. Vigil services were held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20 and the Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am. on Wednes­day, August 21 (today), both at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Chinook. Burial will follow in the Kuper Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.

  Mildred was born on Decem­ber 29, 1916, to Robert and Margaret Spencer (she was the granddaughter of Bear Paw Jack Griffin). The family lived south­east of Cleveland and when Mil­dred was just three years old they moved to a ranch in the Clear Creek area of the Bear Paw Mountains. She attended the Diamond Bar School, which started in March and ran through the summer. Some years there were just three, five, or some­times seven months of school. It wasn’t until she was in the upper grades that she attended school for nine-month terms.

  For her first two years of high school, Mildred attended St. Matthews, a boarding school in Kalispell. Her last two years were in Chinook and she gradu­ated with the Class of 1935. She then attended Northern Montana College in Havre. graduating with a teacher’s certificate in 1937. After teaching for three years in rural schools, she earned a Montana Life Certificate from the University of Montana

In 1941 Mildred married Melvin Monson and had three children -- Marjotte, Victor and Eugene. She returned to teaching at the Boldt School and remained there for 14 years. She was instrumental in starting the North Chinook Booster 4-H Club and was a leader for 30 years. After the Boldt School burned down, Mildred took a position as superviSiflg teacher at the Zurich School, a position she held for eight years. She retired from teaching in 1976, then in 1978 she was elected Elaine County Superintendent of Schools. She also served two terms as a Trustee of Chinook School District #10.

  Survivors include two sons, Victor (Tammi) MonsOfl of Omaha, NE and Eugene (Linda) Monsofl of Bozemafl; five grandchildrefl~ Kara (Kyle) Krehbjel, Michael Monson, Tiffani Grogan, Kayla Monson and Kaci Monsofl; one sister, Roberta Fastje of Wilsall; and two great grandchi1drefl~ Justice and Jeremiah Grogan.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Melvin; her daughter Marjorie; and a sister, Sybil Corrigafl.

  Memorials may be sent to the Northern Montana Care Center in Havre, or to a charity of your choosing.

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