Elizabeth (Denny) Belgard, 97, of Havre, passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Funeral service were at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church.
Burial will follow in Rocky Boy Cemetery. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Visit Elizabeth's online memorial page to leave a message of condolence for the family at http://www.hollandbonine.com.
Elizabeth was born Aug. 23, 1916, in Babb, Montana, to Alex and Louisa (Gardipee) Denny, the youngest of 10 children. She was raised in Rocky Boy, which was created the year she was born. She attended Fort Hall Boarding School in Fort Hall, Idaho, and married Lois "Happy Jack" Belgard in Havre in 1936. She and Happy raised their son, two of their grandchildren whom they legally adopted, and two of their grandchildren whom they didn't adopt, in Rocky Boy.
Elizabeth was a very social woman who loved to laugh. She enjoyed garage sales and was a tremendously knowledgeable historian who was fluent in Cree. She passed on the old stories of her cultural heritage to her children and grandchildren. She instilled faith in her descendants, as well as a good sense of humor. Elizabeth was a humble woman who took great pride in caring for her family.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Lois "Happy Jack" Belgard; son, Gilbert Belgard; and an infant son; adopted granddaughters, Lavidia Louisa Belgarde and Yvette Belgarde; daughter-in-law, Darlene Belgarde; parents, Alex and Louisa Denny; and nine siblings.
She is survived by her adopted granddaughter, Juanita Belgard of Great Falls; 10 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great grandchildren; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.