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 Mildred Jeanne <I>Carkeek</I> Bigley

Mildred Jeanne Carkeek Bigley

Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
Death 12 Oct 2012 (aged 87)
Sparks, Washoe County, Nevada, USA
Burial Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 100126763 · View Source
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So you should view this fleeting world —

A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,

A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,

A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.

Diamond Sutra

Mildred Jeanne Carkeek Bigley, 87, passed away peacefully in her home that she shared with her daughter, Lynne, Michael Castle and her son, Daniel, on Oct. 12, 2012, in Sparks, Nev. October was her favorite month.

Jeanne was born on Oct. 4, 1925, in Butte, to John Carkeek and Mildred McCauley. Jeanne had two sisters, Lois (James) Schmidt, who preceded her in death, and Alice Jane (Frank) Fowler of Dillon. Jeanne's husband, Arthur "Pete" Bigley also preceded her in death in 2006.

Jeanne is survived by her six children, Arthur, Anne (Randy Guest), Taryn (Mark) Raven, John (Tamar), Lynne (Michael Castle), and Daniel. She is also survived by her four grandsons, Jesse Bigley, Dean (Andrea) Raven, John (Nealie) Raven and Matt Raven.

Music was an essential part of the Carkeek family. Jeanne played piano, her sister, Lois, played the violin and her youngest sister, Alice Jane, played the cello. Jeanne was the head majorette at Butte High School in the early 1940s. After graduation, she spent summers traveling and playing with the "Louise Stone Trio." She shared many stories about playing at a variety of places, including the Rocky Mountain Cafe in Meaderville, the Lodge at Yellowstone National Park and as far East as Eau Claire, Wis.

Jeanne graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1949. Shortly after graduation she married her high school sweetheart, Arthur "Pete" Bigley, on Aug. 19, 1950. Their first of many adventures was when they moved to Potrerillos, Chile, two months after their wedding ... with Jeanne's piano in tow. They spent three years in Chile making lifelong friends. They returned home to Butte with their first two children. Jeanne and Pete spent the next 10 years living in Butte and Anaconda, and adding four more children to their "clan." They enjoyed many outings with their children, parents and extended family. Fishing and exploring the Montana wilderness were at the top of their list. This sense of adventure was instilled in all of her children.

Jeanne and her family moved to the small community of White Pine in the upper peninsula of Michigan in 1964, when Pete took a job with the White Pine Copper Co. They spent 10 years living on the shores of Lake Superior and in the beauty of the Porcupine Mountains.

In 1976, Jeanne and Pete moved to La Crescenta, Calif. They enjoyed their trips out camping and exploring the southern California countryside. Jeanne enjoyed the L.A. Philharmonic, Descanso Gardens and walks at Two Strike Park.

The Bigley family would like to give their heartfelt thanks and express their love to Jeanne's wonderful caregivers, Sharon, Mercedes and Rene, employees of Home Instead. We would also like to thank Jeanne's amazing hospice team from Vista Care and especially her nurse, Sue. Their knowledge, expertise and support helped our family tremendously.

Jeanne's memorial will take place in Montana. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Jeanne's name to Vista Care Hospice, 1625 East Prater Way, Building C, Suite 108, Sparks, Nev. 89434.

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  • Created by: Karen Griswold Stroh
  • Added: 4 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100126763
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mildred Jeanne Carkeek Bigley (4 Oct 1925–12 Oct 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100126763, citing Mount Moriah Cemetery, Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Karen Griswold Stroh (contributor 47133098) .