Our beloved, Lee Anne Elliot of Chinook, 34, went to be with the Lord on May 12, 2008, after a hard struggle with cancer at Sweet Nursing Home.
Funeral Mass will be Friday, May 16, 2008, at 11 a. m. in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church with burial following in Kuper Memorial Cemetery. Vigil and rosary will be Thursday, May 15, 2008, at 7 p. m. in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church. There will be a memorial service at a latter date in Ashland. The family suggests donations be made to the Elliot Children’s Educational Fund at the Wells Fargo Bank in Chinook for Lee Anne’s children or to the Hi-Line Women Against Breast Cancer, P.O. Box 154; Chester, MT 59522. Lee Anne was born on July 19, 1973, in Miles City, the fifth of five children born to Jack and Margie (Fjell) Knobloch. She attended elementary school in Ashland and later transferred to Colstrip in the ninth-grade and graduated from Colstrip High School in 1991. After graduation she went on to play basketball for Miles Community College after two years there she transferred to Northern Montana College continuing to play basketball and graduated with an elementary education degree. On July 19, 1997, Lee Anne married John Edward Elliot of Chinook at her family ranch. She later continued her education and received a masters’ degree in special education. She then went to work for the “most wonderful” place, Bear Paw Cooperative, where she served as a preschool specialist conduction screening for a five-county area. Besides these great accomplishments she believed her greatest was being the best mother possible to her four young children. She stated many times that all she wanted out of life was to “grow old” so that she could raise her children. Lee Anne loved her job as mother and did it extremely well. She has always been and always will be a teacher; she taught us how to laugh, and how to be strong in the face of adversity. Even in her time of need she was still teaching every one around her how to be graceful, caring, considerate and loving, most of all to remain strong through faith and the love of God and family. She is survived by her husband, John; their four children, Brooke, Ryle, Reese and Belle all of Chinook; parents, Jack and Margie Knobloch of Birny; sister, Karen (Jay) Hodges of Crescent City, Calif.; brothers, Jack, Jr. (Kim) Knobloch and Albert (Joan) Knobloch all of Birny and Phillip (Kathy) Knobloch of Busby; numerous nieces and nephews, Samantha, Sarah, Kylee, Shiloh, Jacob, Casey, Corey, Ruthie, Dale, Blake, Brianna, Brylinn, Ethan, Quinn, Benton, Britton and Brockton. Lee Anne was preceded in death by grandparents, Albert and Madge Knobloch, Elmer and Alice Fjell all of Birny; cousins, Elmer Fjell, Bobby Linhart and Carl Linhart. Lee Anne’s family and friends want to thank the Sweet Nursing Home for the wonderful care she received in her final days. Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.