After a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s, our beloved mother, Juanita R. Christie Hedrich, spread her wings and left this world to join her husband, Elmer, her parents, and other departed loved ones on Friday, November 11, 2016.
Juanita was born in Pasadena, California, on February 12, 1929, to Robert and Orpha Montgomery Christie. She joined four brothers, Vern, Kenneth, Glenn, and Marvin, and sister, Helen, all of whom preceded her in death.
She is survived by her sons, Larry of Helena, MT and Kenny of Bozeman, MT; daughter, Darlene (Gene) Houghtaling of Gallatin Gateway, MT; step-granddaughter, Sandy (Michael) Lohss; step-great-grandsons, Tanner and Dylan Lohss of Chesterfield, MO; sisters, Patricia Wozny of Chicago, IL and Eunice Behm of Albany, OR; brother, Robert (Sharon) Christie of Billings; sisters-in-law, Doris Christie of Helena, Beulah Christie of Sun City West, AZ and Lucille Hedrich of Chelan, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Juanita’s family returned to Montana when she was three, but she was a native Montana through and through. You could raise her hackles by accusing her of being a Californian.
She found her soulmate, Elmer, in 1942 and they were married in December 1948. They remained married for 57 years. They lived in various Montana towns and, in 1961, bought a portion of her grandfather’s homestead on the Bridger Canyon Cutoff Road (Jackson Creek Road), and lived there for the next 47 years.
Juanita’s presence was known at hundreds of special occasions in this valley for over 35 years. “The Cake Lady” was a self-taught and talented cake baker and decorator.
Juanita retired from the Central Salad Department at Montana State University in 1997 after 20 years of service.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 19, at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, with interment to follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery.
The Hedrich family would like to thank the staff of Rocky Mountain Hospice – Compassus for their considerate care of Juanita in her own home.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com