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Ruth Harvey
November 6, 1926 ~
January 13, 2018

Robert Kleven
March 14, 1955 ~
January 09, 2018

Bruce A. Olson
June 28, 1949 ~
January 08, 2018

Dolores Dighans
November 21, 1943 ~
January 07, 2018

Lauren DeWise
March 26, 1982 ~
January 07, 2018

Dr. Albina Claps-Paglia
September 20, 1922 ~
January 05, 2018

Michael White
October 10, 1957 ~
January 03, 2018


Charlotte Jones

April 15, 1930 ~ December 16, 2017

Service: December 27, 2017 11:00 a.m.
   Location: Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel

Charlotte Ruth (Chase) Jones, 87, passed away on December 16, 2017, at Parkhaven Retirement Community in Manhattan, Montana.  Charlotte was born in Bozeman, Montana, on April 15, 1930, to Cyrus Bowman Chase and Francis Artimesa (Hedges) Chase.  The family resided in Bozeman until they moved to Anabel, Missouri, where Charlotte started school at the age of five.  The family later moved to Albion, Iowa, where her mother passed away when Charlotte was seven years old.  After her mother’s death, she lived with her grandparents, Louis and Abbie Hedges, in Manhattan, MT.  In 1941, her father married her aunt, Ottilie, and together they raised Charlotte and her three sisters, Lola Mae, Joy Ceil, and Helen Annette.

Charlotte graduated from Manhattan High School as Salutatorian in 1947.  She attended Montana State College on a scholarship and then worked for the telephone company as an operator until her marriage to Donald E. Jones on December 18, 1949.  They were just 2 days shy of their 68th anniversary at the time of her death. 

Don and Charlotte started farming in the spring of 1950 near Helena, Montana, moving back to the Gallatin Valley in the fall of 1954.  They farmed in the Foster Creek area north of Belgrade from 1955 to 1963 when they moved to Molt, Montana, for a year where Don was foreman of the Keating Charolais Cattle Ranch and Charlotte cooked for the ranch hands.  They returned to the Gallatin Valley in 1964, where they formed the Char-Don Charolais Ranch and for 32 years they farmed and ranched in the Pass Creek area north of Belgrade.  After retirement, they lived in Three Forks for seven years before moving to Harrison, Montana, for 10 years and finally returning to Charlotte’s roots in Manhattan for the final year of her life.

Charlotte was a fabulous cook – well-known for her wonderful whole wheat bread and rolls.  She was an accomplished seamstress and quilter, a spinner and weaver, and a master of all fiber and textile arts.  There were very few hobbies that Charlotte did not try and master.  She was a member of Grand Avenue Christian Church, Gallatin County Cowbelles, Montana Farm Bureau Women’s Club, Menard Extension Homemakers Club, and Bozeman Weaver’s Guild, all while raising four children and being a partner on the ranch.

Charlotte is survived by her husband, Donald E. Jones of Manhattan; and children, Gary Jones of Three Forks, Gwen (Michael) Myers of Three Forks, Gail (John) Reid of Harrison, and Grace (Dana) Scott of Victor; along with 10 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 9 step-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Lola Mae Simpson of Scottsdale, AZ.

The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Hospice of Bozeman Health, Dr. Pamela Heibert, Tom and Kathy of Frontier Home Health and the staff and employees of Parkhaven Retirement Community. 

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, Bozeman, MT, with a luncheon following at Grand Avenue Christian Church. 

Memorials may be made in Charlotte’s name to Grand Avenue Christian Church, 110 S. Grand Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715 or Bozeman Health Foundation (memo line: Cancer Center), 931 Highland Blvd. #3200, Bozeman, MT 59715.

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