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Shirley Ann (Spang) Boucher

Died: Fri., Sep. 27, 2019


Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Fri., Oct. 11, 2019
Location: St. Mary's Mission Parish


Graveside Service

2:00 PM Fri., Oct. 11, 2019
Location: Riverview Cemetery


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Missoula - Shirley Ann (Spang) Boucher passed away at The Village Senior Residence in Missoula, Montana on September 27, 2019. Shirley was born in Lame Deer, Montana to James Posey Spang and Nina Dawson Spang on May 19, 1928. She was the second of five children and lived in Lame Deer, on the Cheyenne Reservation. Her family eventually moved to Dixon, Montana where she graduated from High School. She married Joseph Ducharme in St. Ignatius, Montana in 1947 and had four children. She was divorced and subsequently married Byers Thompson in 1952 and had three more children. She later divorced and married Victor L. Boucher in Hawthorne, California on March 26, 1976. Victor passed away on October 2, 2010 in Missoula, Montana. Shirley worked as a bookkeeper for several businesses in Missoula. She also enjoyed music and produced/directed several plays and musicals in and around the Florence community. Her love of writing led her to author the weekly column “Snapshots from Life” for the Big Horn County News in Hardin. She also wrote and published three books dealing with stories and genealogy of her family. Shirley is survived by her brother Dennis Spang, her sister Doris Spang, five daughters – Penny Erickson (Don), Candy Palmer, Sandy Drake (Dean), Patricia McCormick (Mike), and Kelly Gieser (Gordon) and two sons, Keith Ducharme (Jennifer), and Mike Thompson. She is also survived by fifteen grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren. Shirley was preceded in death by her father James Posey Spang and her mother Nina Dawson Spang, her husband Victor Boucher, her brother James Spang and her sister Rita Schurman. Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Mission Parish in Stevensville, MT on October 11th at 11:00 AM with interment at the Hamilton Riverview Cemetery to follow. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Whitesitt Funeral Home, Stevensville, MT.

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Sandra Spang
   Posted Thu October 03, 2019
I have to say that Shirley's heart was always with us here on the Northern Cheyenne reservation and we owe her a lot for her collection of genealogical information that benefited us all as a Tribe. The books she wrote and the column in the Hardin Tribune showed her love of the reservation. I spent many long hours discussing the past with her and I have to say I loved this lady so very much. She had a beautiful heart and I am glad I came to know her personally.

Patti Robinson Means
   Posted Thu October 03, 2019
To Shirley Ann's Children

Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I remember when I was young Shirley and her family coming to Muddy Creek to visit my grandma, Nellie. One memory was a time we went plum picking and Shirley Ann was carrying a bucket of plums across a creek and she fell in. My mom, Priscilla, and I were just talking about that a few weeks ago.
Patti Robinson Means

Dylan Drake
   Posted Tue October 08, 2019

Designers Choice was sent by Dylan .

Thinking of you all and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember Shirley and her remarkable life. We wish we could be there, but we are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.


Kathy (Whittle) Dreyer
   Posted Tue October 08, 2019
The Whittle family remember times when our Mom, Mary Ellen (McKeever) Whittle would talk about old times with Shirley. Shirley would stop by their house at 220 Lewis in Billings, so we all got to know her. When I was in college at UM, I went to their place at Florence when my parents, Mary Ellen and Jerry came to visit. I remember meeting Penny and Candy. My sisters and I still use her recipe for corn/flour tacos! Her funeral is on what would have been our mom's 93rd birthday. Love and prayers to all. Happy memories!

Linda Rasky Tucker for Connie McKeever Rasky
   Posted Wed October 09, 2019
Please know that Connie McKeever Rasky sends her condolences and sincere sympathy to the Spang Family. Shirley and Connie maintained a friendship for more that 70 years. Connie is facing her own health challenges and has been in and out of Hospitals and Nursing Care in 2019. Connie is now residing at Westpark Village Assisted Care in Billings, MT.
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