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Darlene 'Dee Dee' Stanich, 82, passed away from pneumonia at the Billings Clinic on May 12, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 13, 1935, to Neil and Kay Nelson in Lewistown. She graduated from Fergus County High School, where she was a drum majorette. She married John H. Thom in 1953 and moved to North Dakota, then Billings and ended up in Butte, where they later divorced. She had four children: Vicky Lynn, Ron, Sheree and Doug. After many years as a homemaker, Mom went to work for First National bank in 1969, where she started as a messenger and worked her way up to becoming the first female officer in Butte, and then transferred to Billings in 1984. Mom was very proud of her career, and deservedly so, as she earned many awards for excellence during her 29-year career. After retirement, she enjoyed golfing, skiing and also traveled extensively with the Global Grannies. Mom loved to sing and had a beautiful voice, which she shared by singing with the SilverTones.

Mom’s two passions in life were her dogs and chocolate, and you could get her to do just about anything with the promise of a chocolate treat.

Mom had many challenges in life, but had the strength and character to rise above them and shine through.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her firstborn, Vicky Lynn; sons Doug and Ron; her cousins, Shirley and Howard Cooper and Jean Crosser, and Don and Lorraine Crosser; and her precious pups Jewelie, Bear and Joey.

She is survived by her daughter Sheree (Dave) Johansen of Tacoma, WA; daughter-in-law Mary Ann Thom (Dan Powers) of Ennis; grandchildren Cody Thom (CA), Katie Thom (CO) and Kelly Thom ( MT); Carmen (Bob) Leach; nieces Teri Cooper Olsen and Leslie (Pat) O’Brien (FL) , Cathy Crosser (CA), Carolyn and Brad Vining (AZ), and nephew Mike Crosser (TX); and her beloved dog, Bear II.

The family wants to share their appreciation for the many friends and family members who were there for Mom and made her feel loved, especially during her last difficult couple of years. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the animal charity of their choice.

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