Obituary - Elizabeth Ann 'Liz' McIntosh


Last updated 9/6/2023 at 11:18am

Elizabeth McIntosh

Elizabeth Ann "Liz" McIntosh passed away Sept. 2nd, 2023.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, September 9th, at the 4-H Chuckwagon at the Hill County Fairgrounds at 4 p.m. with Alec McIntosh officiating.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to The Shriner's Hospital for Children or the charity of the donor's choice.  

Please visit Liz' online memorial page to send a card or leave a message of condolence for his family at .

Liz was born on December 9th, 1957, to Duane and Joyce (Larsen) Barkus in Havre, MT. She was the youngest of five children.  

  She graduated from Havre High School in 1976 and received a business degree from Northern Montana College, now Montana State University-Northern. Knowing she was going to be a farm wife, she rounded out her education with welding and weed control classes.  

June 24th, 1979, she married her high school sweetheart, Don. They have been farming and ranching together north of Havre ever since. In addition to farming, she worked in town preparing taxes and payroll for accounting firms. The last nine years, she was the deputy clerk for the City of Havre while still enjoying tax seasons with Scharfe, Kato & Co.

Don and Liz welcomed their daughter, Katie, in 1980 and son, Danny, in 1983.

When Liz wasn't working, she liked to cross stitch, make craft projects, read, and play cards/games with her family. She liked coming up with metal ideas for Donnie to make, traveling to craft shows to socialize with everyone, checking on the crops and going to Northern games together. Liz loved to travel. They enjoyed weekend getaways to Calgary and many cruises both to sunny places and a couple of trips to Alaska. She loved the excursions they would do while on their cruises and always brought back gifts that were made by locals. She took a community ed course on Chinese food and started a family tradition of having it for our Christmas Eve meal. Sometimes she would add a new dish for everyone to try that may or may not make it on the menu next year. Christmas music was her favorite and, according to her, it was okay to play it year around. 

Liz was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws Robert McIntosh and Marian Rider; brother-in-law Dick Mohr, and nephew Ryan Barkus.

She is survived by her husband, Don; children, Katie Valdez and Danny McIntosh; grandchildren, Mia, Natalia, Ross Valdez, Deva and Dylan McIntosh, all of Havre; siblings, Greg (Kathy) Barkus of Bigfork, Murray (Delaine) Barkus of Billings, MT, Laurie (Larry) Schwenke of Coeur d'Alene, ID, Jane (Steve) Hedstrom of Havre; sisters-in-law Rosie Mohr of Cornell, WI, and Burnie (Charlie) Inman of Havre; numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family members, as well as many great friends. 

Each family Christmas card ended with this so here it is one more time: "To those we love and see each day and other loved ones far away, to friends whose love means so much and those with whom we are out of touch, may the joy of the holiday season be with you."


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