BILLINGS — Edith June Hagenston, age 88, of Billings, formerly of Glendive, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Riverstone Hospice Center. A Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at the Silha Funeral Home with Reverend James Hageman officiating. A Private Family Interment will be held in Dawson Memorial Cemetery. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Edith was born on June 27, 1926, in Glendive, a daughter of John and Bergit (Olson) Knauff. Edith was raised and educated in Glendive, graduating from Dawson County High School with the class of 1943.
Following high school, she began working as a secretary for the Buffalo Rapids Project when she met Arthur Hagenston. They were later married on September 22, 1926, in Glendive, and to this union, three children were born: Dennis, Greg, and Audre. Together they built one of the first homes on East Ames Wye, in 1948. At that time there weren't any streets, sidewalks, curbs, or even alleys. Edith and her family remained there until 1955, when they bought a country home on Dry Creek. They lived there for a few years until purchasing Art's parent's home in 1958. Later in life, Edith and Art liked to spend their retirement traveling and summers at their cabin in Silver Gate, but they never found a spot that compared to Glendive. They both felt very fortunate to raise their family in such a fine community.
Edith had many hobbies, and as such, her hands were never idle. Her main passion was quilting, but she loved sewing, crocheting, embroidering, and cross-stitching too. She also enjoyed agate hunting and crafting things from all of her rock finds. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed playing with her wonderful group of friends for many years in Glendive and Billings. She treasured books and was proud to have helped type and edit the book, “Our Times, Our Lives” (a family history book of Dawson County from 1989). Edith also liked getting out on the golf course, especially in hot weather. She had a talent for cooking and had the knack of putting together a wonderful meal in no time flat. There was always something warm coming out the oven, whether it was a cake, cookies, pie, or her well-known cinnamon rolls. Edith will always be remembered as a classy woman — she was always dressed impeccably with beautiful hair and a wrinkle-free complexion, and she never left the house without her signature lipstick on!
Edith was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Art, in 2010; two grandsons, Stanley Hagenston and Alex Brown; one brother, George Knauff; and two sisters, Lois Volkel and Helen Hoops.
She is survived by her three children, Dennis (Kit) Hagenston of Billings, Greg (Evelyn) Hagenston of Glendive, and Audre (Ron) Thom of Billings; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Edith spent the last three years living at Grand Park Vintage Suites in Billings and the family would like to extend heartfelt thanks for their loving care.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com.