LaDeen Marie Pickett (Kopp)


LaDeen Marie Pickett (Kopp)


LaDeen Pickett

LaDeen Marie Pickett (Kopp), 65, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Diagnosed in December 2019, she had been receiving chemotherapy treatments for Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma.

LaDeen was born in Mandan, North Dakota, on March 11, 1954. In 1956, LaDeen’s parents, Clement Eugene Kopp and Agnes Rose Kopp (Geiger), relocated to Billings. Although the family relocated to Billings, they made annual trips to Mandan and Bismarck.

LaDeen graduated from Billings West High School in 1972. Her working career included: Dekalb, PAYS Auction Yard, North Star Auto Body, Western Film Service and Fireside Lanes. While working at North Star Auto Body, she met her husband, Mike Pickett. They married in June of 1983. Their first daughter, Jessica was born in September of 1985, followed by Eva in January of 1992.

On Nov. 4, 2016, she became a grandmother, with the birth of Elena Rose Castro. Her second grandchild, Gabriel Eugene Castro, arrived on March 4, 2019. LaDeen was affectionately devoted to her grandchildren.

A few of LaDeen’s favorite hobbies included: bowling, quilting, working in her yard, reading countless books and playing with the grandkids. She bowled regularly on a bowling league for over 30 years. In 2014, she was awarded Secretary of the Year for the Greater Yellowstone Valley United States Bowling Congress Association. She donated many quilts to various organizations; sharing her passion for quilting and sewing with others.

LaDeen was an amazingly caring, nurturing, dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed by her husband, Mike Pickett; daughters Jessica Castro and Eva Pickett; son-in-law Mike Castro; and grandchildren Elena Rose Castro and Gabriel Eugene Castro; her two sisters, Kim Mueller and Mary (Dan) Arredondo; niece Adriane Arredondo; and nephew Patrick Mueller.

She is preceded in death by her parents Clem and Agnes Kopp, in-laws Jim and Margaret Pickett, and sister-in-law Janie Pickett.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, with vigil following at 7 p.m., at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 13, at St. Pius X Church, 717 18th St. West.

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  1. So sorry for you loss of LaDeen, we had alot of fun playing as kids together. Sending Prayers. Laura (Senn) Gannon.

  2. Mary lynn Wagner

    Mike, so very sorry. I always enjoyed visiting with her while bowling all those years ago. Mary Lynn wagner, old p.o. Pal.

  3. So sorry to hear of LaDeen’s passing. She was always so friendly whenever I would see her! God bless her! – a long-time friend, Tonette (Schnurr) Luoma

  4. Paulette Whitmore

    Kim and Mary, so sorry for the loss of your sister. Tonette and I ran into her at the mall one time when I was visiting Billings. Had a nice talk. She was a kind and very friendly woman with a great smile!

  5. Mike, I wish words could ease your pain over LaDeen going to be with the Lord. She would want you to miss her and grieve but needs you to take care of yourself for your kids and grandchildren. You are in my prayers.
    Penny Hedges

  6. Gayle Heinert' O'Donnell

    We grew up with the Kopp girls like cousins. All those Saturday evening visits at their home or ours, Fourth of July picnics and firework displays. I especially remember a time at the Kopp home where we put on a Christmas program. Great memories! LaDeen always had a big smile and a great laugh. She will be missed!❤️😢

    Gayle Heinert O’Donnell

  7. Mike,
    Sorry to hear about your loss of LaDeen. Such a wonderful person!!! She’s with the good lord now
    and watching over you, your daughters and grandkids. Definitely will be missed at our bowling league. You are in our thoughts & prayers!!
    M&T Kocian

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