|Birth: ||Apr. 4, 1919|
|Death: ||Jan. 2, 2006|
Lewis and Clark County
Obituary from Helena's Independent Record 01/04/2006:
Evelyn Mae Arneson died Jan. 2, 2006, at the Aspen Garden Assisted Living Home after a lengthy illness.
Her life began April 4, 1919, in Plentywood. She was the second daughter of seven children born to Bill and Anna Morey. She was the last surviving member of her family. She married Ray Arneson on Oct. 22, 1938, after a two-month courtship in Fort Peck. They were married for 56 years until Ray’s death in 1995. They raised their family in Fort Peck and Glasgow.
Their family included three children. Their son Ron Arneson and his wife, Sue, live in Billings. Ron has five children — Ronald Ray, Philip, Timothy, Missy and Billy. As these grandchildren grew up they enjoyed spending time with their grandmother on the farm outside of Glasgow.
Their son David Arneson lives in Helena with his wife, Friede. Dave and Friede have two children, their daughter Debbie (Grandma fondly called her “Debbie Do”) along with her husband, Mike, and their son, Paul (Grandma always referred to him as “Pauly”), and his wife, Kelly. Debbie has three sons, Joel, Kurt and Sawyer. Evelyn’s great-grandsons provided her with real joy as she grew older. She grew especially close to Sawyer who was able to spend time visiting with her. Paul has a daughter, Karly, who was very affectionate and caring towards her great-grandma.
Evelyn and Ray’s daughter, Jeanné, is married to Bill Dewey. She has two boys, Christopher and Joey Lorentzen. After retiring, grandma and grandpa moved onto Jeanné and her husband’s ranch and Evelyn was able to share special times with Chris and Joey, giving them the benefit of her wisdom as they grew up. She is survived by many nieces and nephews throughout the Northwest.
The spiritual side of her life began as a young girl. Her grandpa Scopehammer would read the Bible to his family three times a day. She would remember with fondness these spiritual conversations that instilled in her the love of Jehovah God. She spent the rest of her life searching on how to best serve Jehovah and return the love He had shown for her. She dedicated her life to God and was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the summer of 1955. She recalled, with pride her 50 years of faithful service as a witness. She grew to appreciate and love all her spiritual brothers and sisters in the congregations of Glasgow, Malta and Helena.
Each week she would spend time sharing the truths of the Bible with all who listened. As a result she gained spiritual students who truly appreciated her wisdom. She always encouraged her students to worship their creator and return his love and imitate peaceful relations with those who loved him. The two greatest commandments, Love God with all your heart, mind and soul and to love your neighbor, were always at the fore of her teaching. Her gracious attitude and love for God and people were fine examples to all who knew her.
To this end, this is the legacy she wanted to leave to all her family and friends:
When I die, give what is left of me to children.
If you need to cry, cry for your brothers walking beside you.
Put your arms around anyone and give them what you need to give me.
I want to leave you something, something better than words or sounds.
Look for me in the people I have known and loved.
And if you cannot live without me, then let me live on in your eyes, your mind and your acts of kindness.
You can love me most by letting hands touch hands and letting go of children that need to be free.
Love does not die, people do.
So when all that is left of me is love... give me away.
Viewing and remembrance will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, at Big Sky Cremation and Funeral Home’s Gathering Place, 302 E. Riggs, East Helena. Visitation begins at noon. The remembrance is at 2 p.m.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, 125 Capital Drive, Montana City, at 11 a.m. with a reception following.
William James Morey (1895 - 1951)
Anna Skophammer Morey (1895 - 1988)
Raymond Arneson (1918 - 1995)*
Donald Ray Morey (1917 - 1986)*
Evelyn Mae Morey Arneson (1919 - 2006)
Floyd William Morey (1920 - 1996)*
Margaret Ann Morey Haggerty (1922 - 2004)*
Rosella Morey Dick (1925 - 2005)*
MARRIED OCT. 22, 1938
East Helena City Cemetery
Lewis and Clark County
Created by: A Marine's Daughter
Record added: Jan 04, 2006
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