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Rose Barnes

Aug. 17, 1936-Nov. 5, 2018

Roselee Bennett was born to James Bennett and Marguerite Hughley in Conrad, Montana, on Aug. 17, 1936. She spent much of her childhood years in Drummond. Her adult life was centered in Butte. Rose also lived in Kellogg and Mullen, Idaho, as well as New Mexico and Alaska. Her heart always longed to return to Alaska. She took her last earthly breath surrounded by family and listening to some of her favorite music on Nov. 5, 2018 in Butte.

Rose was a mother of 6 children. Two passed away in infancy and preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her brother Jack Undem, sister Katherine Undem-Dyer. She is survived by her brother Caleb Bennett, who is living in Goldendale, Washington. She is also survived by her children, James and Ellie Dunn and family from Butte, Alan and Brenda Boston and family from Albany, Oregon, Don Boston and family from Soldotna, Alaska, and Sandy Levengood and family in Helena. She is also survived by her step children, Bonnie, Lloyd, Sonya, and Kathy. 

She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her grandchildren Kristin, Ryan, Chelisa, Brylee, Felicia, Walter, Robert, Cassie, Bryan, Shane, Angie, Shaun, and Tyler, as well as many great-grandchildren. Her family was what kept her motivated.  

Rose fought very hard to get her G.E.D. She studied and worked while raising four children and her family was proud of her for all she accomplished. 

She enjoyed working at the Elk Park Inn and she worked at Truzzolino’s with her daughter-in-law Ellie. She also worked at MDC in Boulder as a habilitation aide. While living in Alaska, she worked in a cannery as well. She loved working in the service field helping others. She worked hard her entire life. 

Rose was tenacious, and she loved her children. She was at times a very stubborn, strong-willed woman who would tell it like it was. Rose loved the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, and camping were all passions of hers. But fishing was by far her favorite hobby. She also loved cooking and baking for her family. 

She enjoyed bowling and spending time with friends. Barb Krum and Ceil Bender were her best friends and she loved every moment she had with them. She is deeply missed by all those who knew her. 

A celebration of life will be held on Monday, Nov. 12, at the East Side Athletic Club, at 11 a.m. All friends and family are welcome. 

Axelson Alternative Cremation is privileged to serve Rose’s family. 

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