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“K Boever I was very shocked and saddened by this worlds loss of Mary. She affected so many people in different ways, and I knew her to be a...Read More »
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“May I offer my sincere condolences to you on the death of Jeanie. May your hearts find comfort in God's Word where it states: "He will swallow up...Read More »
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“Although I have not lived at home for many years, Jeanie is and will always be one of the happiest memories I have of growing up and of the rez. I...Read More »
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“Victoria and Pauline, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I enjoyed getting to know her and you girls when I worked at Dixon School. She was...Read More »
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Mary Jean Decker was the youngest daughter born to Fred H. & Eileen S. Decker on September 1, 1960 at Ronan, MT. She passed away on June 17, 2013, at St. Ignatius, MT. She leaves behind her daily struggle to keep a free and clear mind affected by an illness controlled only by medications. She attended the Ursaline Elementary School, St. Ignatius and Ronan Public Schools and graduated from Juneau Douglas High School, Juneau, Alaska in 1978. She participated in the foreign exchange student program at Juneau Douglas High School and traveled from Alaska to England coming back with many interesting stories. She attended the Colorado Institute of Art studying Photography after her graduation. Subsequently she attended Salish Kootenai College and the University of Montana. Mary was an avid photographer and enjoyed taking pictures of family, friends and scenery. Especially enjoying the scenery of the Mission Mountains from the time she was very young. The Mission Mountains and her grandchildren were some of her favorite subjects to photograph. She shared her love of the mountains with her grandchildren taking them on numerous picnics to roast hotdogs and marshmallows. She was very kind to all animals and took in many stray cats and dogs. She loved all of her family very much and showed it every day. Mary had a variety of work experiences. She worked as a Claims Clerk for Tribal Health, Pizza Cook at Allards' General Store, Personal Care Attendant for Closer to Home, and had her own internet business, Rainbow Gifts Galore. Mary Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Fred H. Decker and Eileen Swaney Decker. Mary Jean is survived by her daughters, Victoria Decker-Butler, (Les) of Dixon and Pauline Never Miss a Shot, St. Ignatius, her grandchildren, Alejandra, Ezeckial, Robert and Caramia, brother Daniel Decker and sister Denise Morigeau (Gary) of St. Ignatius and her nieces & nephews. Pallbearers are Doug Swaney, Lawrence Swaney, Josh Decker, Shawn Decker, Dan Decker, Wyatt Decker, Rick Steele, Bill Steele, Francis Lozeau Steele and Francis McDonald, JR. A Funeral Service will be held at 9 AM, Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at the Stevens Residence. Burial will occur immediately after the service at the Decker Family Cemetery. A dinner will be held in Mary Jean's honor at the Stevens residence after the interment. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at www.groganfuneralhome.com.