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My Grandma, The Greatest Lady

Loosing a loved one is never easy and no matter how much people try to console you, you will always have that space in your heart.

My grandmother was the most exceptional lady, who lived a colorful life. From owning bars, various businesses to raising her granddaughter when she didn’t have to. One of the toughest things was writing her obituary, what to say, how to give her justice… how to put your thoughts into words at a time like this. Yesterday I wrote my beloved grandma’s obituary. I’d like to share it with you all

Dee A. Roe, 69
“Delores Ann Sonsteng”
Dee went to be with the lord on April 24th, 2014 surrounded by her family. Where to start with such a wonderful and adventurous woman.
She was born November 28th 1944 in Glasgow, MT to the late Milo Sonsteng and Ailie Kauppenin English. Dee had three siblings, Marvin, Melvin and Levonne. She spent a good amount of her youth on the Sonsteng farm in Luster, MT. The family moved to Helena in 1961 where her parents owned Rodney Cleaners. She graduated from high school in 1964. She purchased the local Greyhound bus depot in Helena in 1970 and welcomed her son, Michael,the following year. They were filming the Clint Eastwood film “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” in 1973 and they were in Helena, MT. They asked Dee if she wanted to be on film, along with her bus depot. Anyone who knows her knows she refused,she despised being on camera.

She married Jim Roe in 1975, they owned the Mint Bar in Townsend, MT. Some of her favorite memories come from sponsoring a local softball team. In 1985 she moved to Billings and acquired another bar,Archers on Grand Avenue,in 1986. The famous bar saying of “ Where everybody knows your name” was changed to “Where everybody knows her name”,she was a staple in the Montana bar scene in the 70’s and 80’s.

At age 50 she went to college to get a bachelors degree in Psychology, and enjoyed learning as much as possible. Her greatest passion though,came with animals. She loved dogs and dedicated her life to helping homeless animals. She had an unexplainable gift with them. In her later years she enjoyed raising her granddaughter and babysitting her grandson Shawn, as well as spending time with her niece, son, dogs and friends.

Delores is survived by her son Michael,Grandkids Charene and Shawn and Niece,Donita.
Services to be held May 10th, 2:30 PM at the Cremation and Funeral Gallery, 29 8th St. W. Billings, MT. With a celebration of life to follow at the Shrine on Broadwater 4 PM to 8 PM, food & drink supplied. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be sent to Cremation and Funeral galleries at 29 8th St. W. Billings, MT 59101.

“One thing you can’t hide – is when you’re crippled inside.”

― John Lennon

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