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Ronnie G. (Hughes) Anderson

Born: Wed., Nov. 30, 1949
Died: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Sat., Oct. 17, 2020
Location: 5C Arena and Event Center

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Stevensville - Ronnie (Hughes) Anderson, 70, passed away Thursday, January 2, 2020 at her home in Stevensville of natural causes. A memorial celebration will be held at a later date in the fall due to COVID-19 concerns at the 5C Arena and Event Center (224 Rusty Spur Way, Corvallis MT 59828, (formerly the Sapphire Arena off Eastside Highway) and will be announced. Ronnie was born to Gertrude Susan Hughes and James Melvin Hughes on November 30, 1949. She grew up on a ranch 17 miles west of Choteau, MT on the Teton River and rode to The Peeples’ Country School on her horse. Attending Choteau High School, she competed in track in the high jump and in high school rodeo. She went to the National High School Nationals in 1965. She attended the University of Montana and competed on the rodeo team in 1967. That women’s rodeo team won the Regional College Rodeo Finals and they attended the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Finals in Deadwood, SD. She competed in the Canadian Girls Rodeo Association, The Girls’ International Rodeo League, and Girls Northwest Rodeo Association in barrels, team roping, steer-undecorating, goat tying, and breakaway roping from 1964 to 1975. She was a very strong competitor in all of these events and recognized for her sportsmanship and hazing ability. Ronnie married James W. Anderson on June 26, 1971. They made many homes in Arlee, MT, Florence, MT, Missoula, MT, Spokane, WA, Sunnyside, WA. Settling in Stevensville, MT they have lived there since 1982. They worked together to live a happy and fulfilling life. She had her own business, training many horses as well as teaching her daughters the art of horsemanship. Jim and Ronnie managed a thoroughbred farm in Sunnyside, WA for two years. She also trained quarter horses on the track for a couple of years. Working many hours on the race track, galloping horses, ponying race horses or outriding. She ran barrels in the Northern Rodeo Association, Women’s Professional Rodeo Association and Divisional Racing. She put in many hours of training and miles hauling to and competing at rodeos and barrel races with her two daughters. She always encouraged her daughters to expand their experiences and participate in other activities and sports and she was always there supporting them. She traveled to many basketball and volleyball games as well as track meets, spending too many hours to count in bleacher seats. Ronnie continued to train and compete in barrel racing until she passed. She was and will always be an inspiration to many. Ronnie is preceded in death by her brother Bert, mother Gertrude and father James. She is survived by her husband Jim Anderson; daughters Jamie Harberts (Travis), Lisa Lee (Erik); sisters Dolly (Iris) Hughes, Fern Hughes, Rose Yeager (Leroy); grandchildren Shelbi Harberts, Aaron Harberts, Casey Harberts; nieces Linda Hegle, Nola Gay; nephews Jim Hegle, Boone Yeager, JB Yeager, Jim Yeager. She has many grandnieces and grandnephews. Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the charity of their choice.

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Betty V Landwehr
   Posted Sat January 11, 2020
Jim and family, I am so sorry to hear about Ronnie. I want you to know you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time for you. I am honored to have known Ronnie for so many years.

Josie Stavers
   Posted Thu March 05, 2020
Ronnie was my most treasured friend that I have ever had. I could share everything with her. We laughed, cried and we supported each other in everything. Her life was always full, and I tagged along when ever I could. I knew Ronnie during all my Montana life. So honored that I was able to be part of her life and her family. I love her girls Jamie and Lisa, they are very special to me. My heart goes out to also Jim and Dolly whose loss must be so profound at her passing... I miss her everyday. Especially our daily chats. Her life was lived to the fullest... "It's not how long a person lives, It is how full you fill the space while you are here". Here accomplishments are endless. Her drive to do what she loved. Horses....Her enjoyment. It was my privilege to have known her and to be part of her life....

Susan Shepard
   Posted Sat March 07, 2020
Dearest Jim, Lisa, and Jamie. I’m so sorry to hear of Ronnies passing. I don’t think that I ever saw her without a smile on her face, or something funny. to say. She had a lovely way about her . I will miss seeing her buying groceries at Super One. She left way too young. Sincerely, Susan Shepard

Gary Olson
   Posted Wed March 11, 2020
To Ronnie's family:
I was so sorry to hear of Ronnie's passing today in the Choteau Acantha. She and I literally grew up together (along with Dolly, Fern and Rosie), living across the road from each other west of Choteau. As youngsters we had many a fun day riding horses and playing at each other's house. And, as I recall, we rode horses together to the Teton View country school on more than one occasion, and endured lots of bumpy school bus rides to and from Choteau.
My condolences to her whole family....
Gary Olson

john anderson
   Posted Sun March 15, 2020
To all the great memories of Ronnie's past and to the great sorrows for no future ones. As a brother of Jim I knew her from their start and had the privilege of living within a mile of their Stevensville home where she taught my daughters to ride horses as well. Far too young to leave so soon but take joy she is with Jesus now!............John

Suzanne Sevalstad Cook & John Cook
   Posted Mon March 23, 2020
We were shocked to hear of the passing of your wife just last night when you came to put shoes on one of Suzanne ‘s horses. Although we never had the privilege of meeting Ronnie, we felt as though we knew her through the many stories Jim shared with us about her career with horses and the sport of Rodeo. Jim has put shoes on our horses over the last six years. It isn’t like one or two horses but seven. During that time together Jim expressed his pride of Ronnie’s many accomplishments and the love for the life they shared.
We want to express our sympathy to you Jim, your daughters, and all your family members. Our prayers are with you and we know you will find comfort in the many memories you have created over your years together.

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