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Posted: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 12:00 am

The following obituaries appeared in our Feb. 24 print edition.


Glenise Margaret (Graham) Black, 36, of Columbus, Ga., formerly of White Sulphur Springs and Belgrade, died Monday at her residence. The cause of death has not been determined. She was born May 15, 1972, in White Sulphur Springs to Mernon and Edith Graham. After the death of her parents, she went to live with foster parents Bill and Linda Martin, whom she called dad and mom. Glenise had a good childhood growing up in White Sulphur Springs, she had many friends there and she graduated from the high school there in 1990.

She moved to Helena and had a child, Kyle (Bud) Martin, born in 1991. She had a second child, Bret Black, born in 1999, while she lived in Texas, with her husband at the time. They then moved to Georgia, where her husband was stationed. After they divorced, she stayed in Georgia for a year, then went to Kuwait and worked on an Army base. She then moved back to Montana, lived in White Sulphur Springs for awhile, then moved to Belgrade and worked at a casino as a manager. In August 2008, she moved back to Georgia to be closer to her youngest son, Bret.

She is survived by her eldest son, Kyle Martin of Helena, youngest son, Bret Black of Columbus, Ga.; a brother, Danny Graham of Middletown, Va.; and a sister, Lynn Graham of Helena, and her two sons, Zachary and Cameron Ashford. She also is survived by the ones she has called family for a long time now: Bill and Linda Martin of White Sulphur Springs, brother Brian Eliason and wife Michelle of White Sulphur Springs, sister Chris Martin of Georgia, and Aunt Cindy Eliason of White Sulphur Springs, and many more numerous family members from across the United States and England.

Her memorial service is 2 p.m. Friday at The Christian Missionary Alliance Church in White Sulphur Springs.


Earl H. Isbell, 89, of Belgrade died Wednesday, Feb. 18 at the Gallatin Rest Home. He was born on March 13, 1919, in Belgrade to Ivan Ray and Hattie Mae (Schyett) Isbell. In December 1919, the family moved to Inglewood, Calif. Earl received his schooling there, as well as worked part-time at various automotive jobs to help his family with expenses during lean times.

In 1938, Earl married Mary Schaefer. The two had a son, Ronald, in 1939. His second marriage in 1956 produced a daughter, Beverly, born in 1958.

After serving in the Army during World War II, Earl worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Los Angeles County road department for 30 years. After retiring, he enjoyed traveling around the U.S. and Canada in his motorhome.

In 1988, he and Harriet O’Malley were married in Montana, where Earl spent the remainder of his life.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Raymond, Donald, and Clifford; sister, Zella; and daughter, Beverley.

Survivors include his wife, Harriet of Belgrade; son, Ronald (Susan) Isbell of Stuart, Fla.; sister, Lenore Ulrich of Torrance, Calif.; five grandchildren, several nieces, and one nephew.

Cremation has taken place. Interment will take place in the spring at Springhill Cemetery, where Earl will be put to rest with his Schyett ancestors, his mother, and brothers, Raymond and Clifford.


Theodore “Forrest” Jennings, 89, Hettinger, N.D., died Friday, Feb. 20 at Western Horizons Care Center, Hettinger. “Forrest,” as he was known to everyone, was born July 25, 1919, at Redfield, S.D. He attended grade school at a rural country school and graduated from High School in Lemmon, S.D. in 1935.

After high school, he worked for the State AAA Farm Program, measuring fields and surveying farms across North Dakota. Surveying was something that he loved to do and was one of his many “self-taught’ skills.

On March 15, 1942, he married Mildred Davison, his bride for the next 67 years. Three months later he was inducted in the Army to fight in WWII. In 1946, he was honorably discharged from the Army. He arrived back in Adams County, N.D., to meet his almost-2-year-old daughter, whom he had never seen. For a couple years, he farmed, sprayed weeds and even operated a snow plow for Adams County.

In September 1949, he started building his home. He sawed every board, pounded every nail and painted every inch of the “flat-topped” red house on the hill.

In 1960, he bought Hettinger Construction Company, which he owned and operated for 11 years. In 1971, he sold his equipment to Adams County and went to work for them until he was 74 years old.

In 1983, he was awarded the County Road Superintendent of the Year for North Dakota and was inducted into the Hall of Honor for North Dakota State County Officers. In 1993, he was appointed by Governor Shafer to the North Dakota State Health Task Force. He was a long-time Mason and Shriner and member of the Congregational Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred, Hettinger; their children, Linda (Roger) Hanshew, Belgrade, Lynn (Judy) Jennings, Longwood, Fla., Jon (Karen) Jennings, Bismarck, and Nancy (John) Brown, Fargo; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Doris Heglin, Denver; and a special friend, Connie Walch, who gave him rides to coffee every day when he could no longer drive.

Forrest was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and an infant brother.

He would have appreciated that any memorials be given to West River Health Services, 1000 Hwy 12, Hettinger, N.D. 58639 or NDACE Scholarship Fund, PO Box 877, Bismarck, N.D. 58502-0877.


Genevieve Marx, a lifelong resident of the Gallatin Valley, died Monday, Feb. 16, from natural causes. She was born Dec. 10, 1922, in Belgrade to Bob and Hazel (Brownell) Nisbet.

She attended country school, first grade at Valley View, north of Belgrade, Menard, Dry Creek and Belgrade schools, graduating from high school in Manhattan on May 19, 1941, in what was the largest class at that time.

During school vacation month and after graduating, she helped cook for hired help and combiners by Menard on the Jim Border ranch. She worked in the catalog department for Montgomery Ward in Bozeman, was assistant manager for Gamble Store in Manhattan, helped during tax times for accountant Harold Sadler in Bozeman, and at the A.S.C. office in the Bozeman courthouse.

On March 3, 1946, Genevieve married Donald Marx of Bozeman. They remained married for 57 years. To this union, six sons were born. She and Don farmed north of Belgrade in the Dry Creek community for several years before moving back to the home ranch south of Belgrade.

She loved to cook, collect recipes and can many jars of goodies. She enjoyed being a homemaker for her family. She dedicated her life to the love of her family, grandchildren, any anyone around her. She loved people and always had her home open to anyone.

While living up Dry Creek for many years, she belonged to a neighborhood club called “The Jolly Neighbors.” She was a 63-year-old member of “Neighbor of Woodcraft Lodge.” She was room mother several years for different grades in the Belgrade school.

Genevieve was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Hazel Nisbet; her husband, Donald Marx; daughter-in-law, Patsy (Evans) Marx; and twin grandsons.

Survivors include her six sons and their families: Bob and Barbara (Kurk) Marx, Dick and Norma (Huttinga) Marx, Jim and Anna May (Suhr) Marx, Daniel Marx, Ron Marx, and Tim and Jan (Francis, Rushford) Marx, all of Bozeman; eight grandchildren, Dawn (Scott) Kruez of Bozeman, Amy (Don) Burkenpas of Bozeman, Mike Marx of Belgrade, Mathew (Crystal) Marx of Three Forks, Jeff (Alysan) Marx of Spokane, Wash., Mary (Cody) Smith of Townsend, Pat Marx of Bozeman, and Jordan Quale of Minnesota; five step-grandchildren, Matt Printz of Belgrade, Amanda Watts of Cincinnati, Ohio, Patricea, Isaiah and Quincey (Rushford) Marx, all of Bozeman; and her first and only great-grandchild, Sawyer Marx. She is also survived by her sister, Phyllis Nisbet, and long-time family friend, May McCune, both of Idaho Falls, Idaho; brother-in-law, Laurence Marx, and sister-in-law, Marcella Dolezalik, both of Billings; and several cousins, other family members, and friends.

Memorials in Genevieve’s name may be donated to the charity of one’s choice.

Cremation has taken place, and a Celebration of Life was held Friday at Belgrade Community Church.

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