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Marlene E. (Curtis) Moland

Marlene E. Moland was carried to heaven in the arms of Jesus on July 11, 2004, after a short battle with cancer, at her home in Huson, MT, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Philip, SD, on November 10, 1928, to Harry and Melissa Fay (Waldron) Curtis. She grew up northeast of Milesville, SD, and completed high school in Eagle Butte, SD.

On June 7, 1947, she married Leif Moland at Pierre. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June, 1997. The couple lived in Kansas while Leif served in the army. They returned to Eagle Butte where they operated a service station and Oldsmobile dealership from 1954-60. They moved to Missoula in 1960 and relocated to Florence in 1962. In 1966, they moved to Alberton, wher they owned and operated Moland Texaco & Repair Service until retiring in 1986. They have made their home at Huson since 1992.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Alberton. Her hobbies included gardening, fishing and outdoor activities. She was very artistic and this was expressed in her painting with oils and watercolor as well as sewing and handcrafts. Faith, family and friends, in that order, were her priorities.

She and Leif enjoyed nine winters in Arizona, where they made many close friends and enjoyed music jams and other activities.

She was preceded in death by her husband and best friend, Leif, in January of 1998, three sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include three daughters and their spouses: Sandra and Joe Heuchert of Huson, Monica and Phil Johnson of McMinnville, OR, and Katherine F. and Pat Farrington of Palmer, AK; one son, James E. and Melonni Moland of Whitefish, MT; eight grandchildren, Joseph and Erik Heuchert, Kim and Jasen Lewis, Becky and Scott Paasch, Elizabeth Johnson, Jenny and Ben Osburn, Trevor Farrington, and Amanda Holskey; and four great-granddaughters, Lindsey and Reagan Lewis and Emilie and Rachel Paasch; as well as many relatives and close family friends.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held Friday, July 16, at Community Church in Alberton. A second service will be held at the Curtis family reunion to be held in Buffalo, WY, on July 24, 2004.