Edith Helen Duty, 90, of Billings, passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at the RiverStone Hospice Home.
The daughter of Edward and Tekla Degner, Edith was born on Jan. 11, 1924, on the Degner Ranch near Yellow Water in Montana. She attended school in Grass Range and graduated in 1942.
Edith married Donald Duty on Aug. 7, 1945, in New York City upon his return to the States after serving in the Navy during World War II. Following the war, they moved to Lewistown. to be near family. Their three children, Ronn, Cheryl and Tim, were born prior to Don being transferred to Billings in 1957. Edith was employed by Star Office Machines and Wagner Mechanical in Billings.
Edith enjoyed making quilts for all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also made countless quilts for children that were displaced from their families and needed something to comfort them. Edith enjoyed playing bridge at the Senior Citizen Center as well as taking computer classes — she could play a mean game of Solitaire! Family dinners and holiday celebrations were always a source of endless joy to her.
Preceding Edith in death was her husband Don (who passed away on the same date in 2003); her parents; brothers Sterling and Bill Degner; and sisters Fern Hickey, Florence Duffy and Maxine (Punky) Matovich. She is survived by her sisters, Ethel Gilpatrick and Pearl Yeager of Lewistown, as well as many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her children, Ronn (Linda) Duty, Cheryl (Mike) Cucciardi and Tim Duty; grandchildren Timothy (Aimee) Van Waggoner, Michelle (Brian) Schuster, Shawn (Susie) Cucciardi, Tiffany (Scott) Schenk, Krystal (Kyle) Arneson and Linsay Duty (fiancé Noah Foley); and seven great-grandchildren Calli and Caden Cucciardi, Bridger and Aspyn Schuster, Trevor and Everlee Schenk and Owen Arneson.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Edith’s life will take place Saturday, Nov. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus, 2216 Grand Ave. in Billings.
Memorials may be made to RiverStone Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at Billings Clinic’s ICC unit, as well as the staff at RiverStone Hospice Home for their great care and compassion during this trying time.
Mom, we love you and will miss you greatly. Give Dad a hug from us!