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Elsie Jean (Brink) Buckner

Born: Fri., Aug. 24, 1923
Died: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018

Family to do services at later date

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Missoula - Elsie Buckner passed away on Friday, February 16 in Missoula. Elsie was born in Fostoria, Ohio where she lived with her father, Everett Brink, a movie projectionist, her mother, Mildred, who worked as a cook, and her older sister Zella. After graduating from Fostoria High School, Elsie worked as a telephone operator in Tiffin, Ohio during WWII. Later, she met and married U.S. Marine James Buckner. The couple had four children—Ronald and Dennis (Ohio), Beverly (Montana), and Jeffrey (New York). She worked for many years for the RCA company in Findlay, Ohio. With her children grown, Elsie moved to Montana in 1979 to live near her beloved daughter Beverly. Elsie fell in love with the beauty of the great state of Montana. She lived her first years in Montana in Greenough where she helped operate a small general store and postal service. Eventually, she moved to Hamilton where she lived for over 34 years. During her time in Hamilton, Elsie was employed by the Ravalli County Museum and the Office of Public Assistance. She attended Faith Lutheran Church for many years. In her spare time, she lovingly attended her lush, colorful flower garden—one of her great joys. Elsie will be remembered fondly as a woman with a quick wit, a strong point of view, and a feisty spirit. She will also be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed music and dancing. She will be missed greatly. Memories and condolences may be left at the Whitesitt Funeral Home website at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests offering donations in Elsie’s memory to a charitable organization, hospice organization, or Alzheimer’s research group.

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Robin Neubauer
   Posted Thu February 22, 2018
Oh mama Jean, I will miss you. So sorry all you Buckners, be at peace I am sure she is.

Dennis Mathewson
   Posted Thu February 22, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. Recently I lost my dear mother and found
great comfort in the Holy Bible, like at Isaiah 25 verse 8 - "The Sovereign Lord will
swallow up death forever, and wipe away the tears from all faces." Also at
Revelation 21 verse 4, we find God's promise to remove both pain and death.
For more comfort, I turn to the website at: www.jw.org (Search: Comfort)

Mary Gehl
   Posted Fri February 23, 2018
Dear Buckner Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Although Elsie and I didn't work for the same agency we crossed paths many times in our working lives and I always loved and enjoyed & looked forward to seeing her smile and outlook on life and our friendship grew from that.
Please find comfort in the fact that she loved her family dearly and treated her friends just like family. Thoughts & prayers are with you.
Mary Gehl

Phyllis Ruana
   Posted Fri February 23, 2018
Bev, Jeff and family.
Your mom was one-of-a-kind. I am so glad she was part of our lives for over 10 years. I know you will miss her greatly but the stories about her life will bring many smiles, laughs and tears.
Phyllis, Will and Davis

Kathy and Pat Vaughan
   Posted Sat February 24, 2018
Pat and I got to know Jean through her friendship with my mother Millie Moliter. She was always fun to visit with because of her great stories and her sense of humor. She shared a lot about her early life and work in Ohio which was always interesting. I think of her whenever I go down 2nd street and pass the apartment where she spent so many years. Her house was always neat and there were always the pretty flowers in front. I know how you will miss her and we will too, a great lady.

Heidi Halverson
   Posted Sun March 11, 2018
I went to see Elsie today and heard the news. I am so sorry for your loss. I loved visiting Elsie and getting to know her over the past 3 years. She was really fun to talk with and I will miss her very much! She was a very special person!

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