A very special mermaid has gained her angel wings … Annalyn Jean Halvorsen was born October 2, 2009 to Lisa Rooney and Wayne Halvorsen. She came into this world fighting and never stopped.

She was an old soul with a gracious and mischievous heart. She enjoyed playing pranks, Halloween was her favorite holiday and she dreamed of being a mermaid. She enjoyed spending time with her best friend Mercedes and her doggie Bentley. Annalyn was calmed by and at peace anytime she could be in or near water. She was an avid rock collector. Most of all she loved her family and her beloved home, “Butte, Montana”. She made the most of every day and had the extraordinary capacity of teaching life’s lessons while giving love, light and happiness to us all.

She was an honorary Junior Officer of the Butte Police Department and most recently a proud “4th grader” at Whittier Elementary. She was an adopted member of the Blackfeet Nation and proudly spoke her Native Name, Thunder Woman. She never met a stranger and touched the hearts of many.

Annalyn is survived by her mom and dad, Lisa Rooney and Wayne Halvorsen, and big brother, Chance Halvorsen; grandparents, Joe and Nancy Brusati, and Jean Halvorsen; aunts and uncles, Gary and Stacey Rooney, Cherie and Mike Jackson, Vickie and Bob Bird, DJ Halvorsen, Ala Krzan and the entire Brusati clan, including the Renz, Schneiderhan, Hilbrands, Hoar, Schonsberg and Donnelly families; cousins, Corey, McKenzie and Heidi Halvorsen as well as Chris Jackson (Buffy) and their children Von and Kali, Zach Bird (Colette, and their daughter Charlotte), Beth Silver and her daughter Ellie, Eric Halvorsen (Bryann and their children Keaton, Tanyon, Kalista, Kamry and Tayson), and Levi Halvorsen (Mary, and their children Toston, Chloe and Logan). She will also be missed by her Aunties of the Heart, Laura Williamson and Deb Mehring and families; and Paul “Paully” Barrows, Alyssa Charboneau and Hannah Williamson who she considered her “siblings”.

She was preceded in becoming an angel by her fraternal papa, Ed Halvorsen, and maternal grandpa, Walter Rooney.

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We would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Highlands Hospice and Dr. Jessie Salisbury for their incredible care over the last 4 years; to Father Beretta for his friendship and spiritual guidance; partner George (Mary Anne) Skuletich for his undying commitment and friendship; Tracey Foley and family for their continued love and support in taking care of our sweet girl; the Worley and Anderson families for their constant devotion to her happiness; and to all the incredible family, friends and, even, strangers who have touched her life, from near and far, we thank you.

In lieu of flowers we would be honored to have you consider a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis or Turner Syndrome Foundations.

Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20th at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church, 2400 Farragut Ave. Funeral Mass will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the church. A reception will follow at the Butte Depot.

We would be happy for you to wear something bright and cheerful in celebration of Annalyn’s bright and cheerful spirit and life.

Please visit www.buttefunerahome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Annalyn. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Annalyn and her family.

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