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SIDNEY HERALD. SUNDAY. MAY l2.20|9 A3 MILESTONES OBITUARIES SIDNEY - A memorial service for Crystal Martel, 85, of Sidney, MT will take place Friday, May 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Evans officiating. Remembrances, condolences and pictures may be shared with the family at Crystal Evette Martell, 85, of Sidney, MT was born April 14, 1934 in Sidney, MT to Edward and Evelyn Danielson Duncan. She was raised by Bud Loe and went to Sidney schools until the 8th grade. In 1951 she married Edmond Bert Johnson, and to this union two children were born, Richard and Bobbie. Crystal later married Laurel Pontius on September 3, 1971 until he passed away January 12, 1972. She then married George “Boyce” Martell Sr. September 5, 1972. They enjoyed 44 years Crystal E. Martell, 85 together until he passed away July, 2, 2016. Along with her family, Crystal had many hobbies that she loved. She was a very crafty gal enjoying beadwork, plastic canvas, quilting gardening and yardwork, jigsaw puzzles and knitting and yarn work in which she made her own looms. She just loved to work and keep busy. Crystal was preceded in death by her mother Evelyn, and step- father Edmond, a brother Richard Loe, two sisters Marge McDougal and Marie Johnson, and a grandson Michael Johnson. She is survived by her daughter B‘obbie (Dick) Amundson, son Richard (Lyla) Johnson, many stepchildren, brother Roy Loe, grandchildren Christi Amundson, Jon (Crystal) Amundson, Vance (Nichole) Amundson, Misty Johnson, Pamela (Shawn) Froelich, and Jennifer (Vinnie) Chanthavongsak, great-grandchildren Isabell Hausman, Alan Amundson, Cerina Azure, Chaylee Amundson, Brieann Amundson, McKinzi Amundson, Trinti Amundson, Michael J. Johnson, Lucas Froelich, and Hailee, ' Vincent, and Sommai Chanthavongsak, and great-great- grandchildren James Amundson and Knox Hausman. Crystal passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Sidney Health Center. Adele Rose Eugenia Elletson, 92 Adele Rose Eugenia Elletson of Havre, Montana, passed away most peacefully at her daughter’s home in Missoula, May 3, 2019. Adele was born Jan. 21, 1927, in Fairview, Mont., to Scandinavian immigrants, Bert and Sara (Kilen) Vickstrom. She grew up on the family wheat farm near Sioux Pass and graduated from Fairview High School.__ Shortly . after high school, Adele obtained her teaching certificate and spent her early years as an educator teaching in country schools in Cartwright, N.D., and the surrounding area. She married Robert (Bob) Elletson in 1949. Their June wedding was the first to be held at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Pass that her father, Bert Vickstrom, had just ‘finished constructing. After their first child was born, the young family moved to Glasgow, Mont., where they raised four of their five children. Adele served as Deputy Clerk and Recorder of Valley County and a tutor for special needs children. In 1965, the family moved to Havre where their fifth child was born. She volunteered for many school, church and community activities. She returned to teaching in a supportive role at Havre High School before officially retiring from teaching in 1988. She touched the lives of many young people in the classroom, vacation Bible school and confirmation classes over the years. Adele is lovingly remembered as a sweet person with genuine compassion for others. She advocated for education and cherished her fr e e d o m s . S h e preserved and adapted through the Great Depression, World War II and various conflicts; significant social, cultural and economic change; and managed to raise five children in rural Montana; the oldest of whom was graduating from high school while she was pregnant with the youngest. She was acutely aware of her blessings in life. Her conservative and thrifty nature, combined with generosity and kindness benefited many. May she be remembered by her signature departing words “give everyone my love.” Family mourning their loss include her son Rob (Mary Beth) Elletson of Havre; daughters, Vicki Harvey of Townsend, Mont., Nancee (Gordon) Dexter of Missoula, Mont, Carla (Dan) Boucher of Havre, and Kevann (Matt) Campbell of Helena, Mont., and their families. In addition, Adele is survived by 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; sisters June (Steve) Paladichuk and Dorothy Paladichuk, both of Sidney, Mont; sisters-in-law Charlene Elletson of California and Myrna Elletson of Williston, ND; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She is also remembered by family in Sweden and many relatives and friends especially_those in Sidney, Glasgow and Havre. Adele was preceded in death by her parents Bert and Sara Vickstrom; siblings Harold Vickstrom, Herbert Vickstrom, Edna Martin and Sheryl Vickstrom; and her husband of 51 years, Bob Elletson. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held June 29, 2019, at First Lutheran Church in Havre, with a reception to follow. Memorials may be sent to First “Lutheran Church of Havre, PO Box 66, Havre, MT 59501 or the Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Line, 500 1,st Ave. Havre, MT 59501 or to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are‘ in the care of Garden City Funeral Home, of Missoula. LOCAL NEWS Get up to speed for Motorcycle Awareness Month Warm weather brings opportunity for motorcycle riders to hit the road. Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) observes Motorcycle Awareness Month in May as a reminder to everyone that drivers niust share the road. More than 80 percent of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death and motorcycle riders are almost 30 times more likely to be killed in a crash than a passenger vehicle occupant. "Motorcycles bear the brunt of the blame for crashes with other vehicles,” said Jim Morrow, director of Montana Motorcycle Rider Safety (MMRS). "Many motorcycle/ passenger vehicle crashes are preventable by simply being defensive and alert. Everyone on the road is responsible for driving defensively — there is no substitute.” Montana motorcycle crash statistics are moving in a positive direction toward achieving Vision Zero — zero deaths and zero serious injuries on Montana roadways. MDT, MMRS, and the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) encourage motorists to "Get Up to Speed on Motorcycles” and offer the following safety tips for both drivers and riders: Tips for drivers Keep your full attention on driving and avoid distractions. - Allow the motorcycle the full width ofa lane at all times. -Always signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic. -If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful and always ensure the motorcycle is turning before proceeding. ~Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections. -Always allow more following distance —— three to four seconds when behind a motorcyclist, which gives them more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Tips for riders -Take a motorcycle safety course. ~Wear reflective or brightly colored protective gear and a DOT-compliant helmet. -Obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed. - Use hand and turn signals at every lane change or turn. - Ride in the middle of the lane where you will be more visible to drivers. Use caution and slow down when approaching left turns or intersections. - Observe speed limits. - Never ride distracted or impaired. P r e v e n t i o n of motorcycle crashes and other enforcement and educational campaigns are strategies to reach Vision Zero. For more information, contact Jim Morrow, Montana Motorcycle Rider Safety, 1-800-922—BIKE, Construction activity " resumes between Sidney and Fairview Crews will soon be putting the finishing touches on the highway between Sidney to Fairview. Border States Paving is scheduled to begin chip sealing on MT—200 North of Sidney beginning Monday, May 13, and anticipates completing the work that same week as long as weather cooperates. Chip sealing is the final phase in a slate of improvements to the MT-ZOO corridor aimed at improving safety and adding capacity to the roadway. Last season crews focused on widening the roadway to accommodate center—left turn lanes and passing lanes. In October crews wrapped up paving operations along the entire corridor between Sidney to Fairview. Chip sealing provides a moisture barrier preventing deterioration of the . \'¢( ‘0 l )I l() PLEASE DO NOT chase, call or whistle as this may cause them to run in fear and into danger. underlying pavement and . extending the length of the roadway. Drivers should expect reduced speeds of 35 mph in work zones with flaggers and pilot cars to direct traffic. 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