ROCKY BOY - Mary A. Denny, 82, a full blood Chippewa from Turtle Mountain, N.D., died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at a Great Falls hospital of natural causes.
A wake service began at 4 p.m. Monday at the Rocky Boy Lutheran Church. A funeral service was scheduled for 10 a.m. today at the Rocky Boy Lutheran
the Rev. Pete Guthneck officiating. Burial was to be held at the Rocky Boy Cemetery.
Mary was born on Oct. 31, 1922, in Denseth, N.D., to Joseph and Mary Rose (Peltier) Skinner. She was raised and educated in Denseth.
She met Jim Chandler and the couple was married in 1937. They made their home at Rocky Boy. Jim died and she later met Walter Denny and they were married in 1948. They remained in Rocky Boy.
Mary worked in Portland, Ore., during World War II as a welder in the ship yards.
Mary enjoyed many things, such as beading, powwows, bingo and playing stick games. She most of all loved her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mary Rose (Peltier) Skinner; husband, Jim Chandler; second husband, Walter Denny; granddaughter, Shirlin Woods; and grandson, Randy Jay Chandler Sr.
Survivors include her sons, Alfred (Retha) Chandler and Alex Denny, both of Rocky Boy; daughters, Shirley (Tony) Woods and Shelia Bennette, both of Great Falls, Eunice Parrish of North Carolina and Ona Lee Denny Billy of Great Falls; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are under the direction of Holland and Bonine Funeral Home.