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Jessie Fost

March 3, 2020

Jessie Fost

Funeral Service for Jessie Fost, 94, of Willard, MT, will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2020 at Stevenson Funeral Home, Baker, MT. Burial will take place at a later date at the Willard Cemetery.

Jessie passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at her home near Willard.

Jessie Mae Bucklin was born December 2, 1925 in Baker, MT, the daughter of Calvin and Adah (Jones) Bucklin. She was raised in the Calumet-Lame Jones area, attending Milk Creek Country School and graduating from Plevna High School in 1942. While growing up in the thirties, she herded sheep and baled thistles to feed the sheep because it was so dry. She was active in “The Gardeners for Victory” 4-H club, her mom was the leader. During high school in the early 40’s Jessie worked as a telephone operator in Plevna staying in town with families so she could attend high school. Upon graduation from high school she left for college attending E.M.S.M.S. Billings Normal School to attain her teaching degree. She graduated and began teaching at the Morton School in the Calumet-Lame Jones area, she then moved to the Clark School in the North Plevna area, finally returning to the Morton School until December 1945 when she was married to Raymond. During that time you could not be a teacher if you were married so her marriage ended her teaching career. Jessie was Raymond’s partner on their place, driving the tractor, haying, painting and all that needed to be done. Together they raised their two daughters and made many beautiful memories. Her and Raymond were so proud to have hosted many of their grandchildren’s weddings on their place, painting every building and mowing every blade of grass. They celebrated just under 72 years on their family farm before Raymond passed. Jessie was always willing to help, she spent many years helping Max at Rost Accounting and she jumped right in and helped Brenda and Russ at the Montana Motel. Jessie kept all articles, clippings, mementos and pictures for each of her grandchildren and continued on for her great-grandchildren though not in books, they were all framed and hung on her walls. Her and Raymond relived all of those moments on any given day and spoke of them often. Visitors often went to the walls and marveled at all the memories and history she had preserved over the years. She was always only a phone call away if you had a question or just wanted to visit.

Jessie was a Sunday School Teacher at American Lutheran Church, in the later years her and Raymond took care of the lawn at the church. She was an election clerk at Precinct 7, a School Clerk for District 37 and also was a plane spotter for the Civil Defense. Jessie was the secretary for the Willard Farmers Union which was later moved to Baker.

Jessie enjoyed performing in the community plays, attending dances at the Willard Hall and Square dancing. She was an avid Spartan boys’ and girls’ basketball fan making it a point to travel to all of the out of town games and tournaments. Even when the weather was too bad to travel, she and Raymond would head over to the bowling alley to listen to the broadcast of the game. She enjoyed embroidering, quilting, latch hook and the beaded calendars every year with all our birthdays and anniversaries on them and sewing clothes for her children in their youth. She had an enormous garden and exhibited flowers for many years eventually becoming the Superintendent of Flowers at the County Fair. Her and Raymond peeled and cooked many pounds of potatoes to cook “Krubs” for her family on birthdays and Special Occasions. Many hours of cards were played, and she was always up for a game of pinochle. Her greatest joy in life was her family that she and Raymond created, she always said as we left “Come back and see us again.” She was a beloved wife and cherished mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

Jessie is survived by daughter Karen (Ken) Griffith, granddaughter, Brenda (Russ ) Stoddard and children Lauren (Fiance’ Jacob Stevens, Corvallis, OR) and Talon (Shanya) Stoddard; grandson, Jason Griffith; grandson, Mike (Brandi) Griffith and children, McKenna and Quinn; grandson, Jon (Billie Jo) Griffith and children, Trevor of Bozeman, MT, Chad, Ryan and Tyler; daughter, Maxine (Rod) Rost; granddaughter, Carmen (Joe) Pennington and children, Jessica (Fiance’ Casey Riggin), children, Lyla and Tate; Rooster , Pepper (Fiance’ Haley Wilson); grandson Roddy (Juanita) Rost and children Jesse, Bo, Jolyn, Zoie, Cole, Clay, Kinch, and Rose; grandson, Roy (Melissa) Rost and children Marriah (David) Ma, Jase (Savannah) Rost and daughter Pippin; Dustin; Isaac (Fiance’ Taiken Goerndt), Dani, Rachel, Caleb, Hannah, Ky, and Kayla Kloetzke and her children Nevaeh, Isaiah and Eirynn; and grandson Jay (Linda) Rost and children Bobby, Lukas, Rye Lynn, Erika, and Ashli (Bailey)Wiedmer and their children Alan, Sierra, and Ryler; brother-in-law, Alex Collie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Adah; her husband, Raymond; brothers, Oliver (Betty) Bucklin, Roy (Ann) Bucklin; sister, Lois Collie and great-granddaughter Harper Griffith, daughter of Mike and Brandi Griffith.
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