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Mildred A. "Mickey" Crofoot Marty, 96, of Big Sandy, Mont., died of natural causes, Thursday, April 22, 2010, at Big Sandy Medical Center surrounded by loving family members. The funeral service will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in Big Sandy on Monday, April 26, 2010, at 11 a.m., with interment to follow at Big Sandy Cemetery. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home is handling arrangements. She was born in Colfax, N.D., on Feb. 9, 1914, to Claude and Fannie Crofoot. She lived in North Dakota until 1929 when her family moved to Big Sandy. She graduated from Big Sandy High School in 1932 and married the love of her life, Lloyd Marty, the same year. They had three children, son, Gary (Mary) Marty of Great Falls, and daughters Shirley (Bill) McQuire of Buena Park, Calif., and Judy (Larry) Mitscher of Maineville, Ohio. Mickey was very involved with being a farm wife, raising a family, being a member of the Lutheran Church, being active in Ladies Aid, and belonging to the Eastern Star. She was involved with establishing the Big Sandy Hospital and enjoyed the annual hospital rummage sale. Mickey's happiest times were being surrounded by her husband, families and friends and helping anyone in need. After retiring in 1978, Lloyd and Mickey enjoyed the winter months in Mesa, Ariz. She established new friendships and became involved with quilting, collecting clothing for the Battered Women's Shelter and food for the food bank. While in Arizona, Mickey took up china and oil painting along with other various hobbies. In 2005, she gave up her home in Arizona and returned to Big Sandy. She became active in the senior center and the Big Sandy Museum. She is survived by her loving family, Shirley, Mary, Judy and Larry; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two greatgreat- grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Mickey was preceded in death by her loving husband, Lloyd; son, Gary; grandson, Mark; son in-law, Bill McQuire; and great-grandchildren, Amanda Flannery and Tucker Reamy along with her parents and sisters. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Big Sandy Medical Center or Christ Lutheran Church. To honor Mickey at the service, the family would appreciate a canned goods donation for the Big Sandy Food Bank.


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