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ABSAROKEE — Hazel Helen Arthun, 91, of Absarokee, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in Laurel Health and Rehab Center in Laurel. Hazel was born in Killdeer, N.D., Dec. 23, 1920, the sixth child of Nels and Josephine (Starling) Nelson.

Hazel attended school in North Dakota during the depression years and went to Idaho to be with her sisters when she was 16. She moved to Absarokee in 1940 and worked for Martha and Harry Arthun as a cook and housekeeper. She married Harry Arthun in 1941 and ranched on Butcher Creek until his death in 1985. Hazel loved livestock and the land. She was a 4-H leader and involved with the education of her children. She was baptized and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She read everything in sight and was a self-taught person. Hazel fulfilled one of her dreams to go to Jerusalem and to see and walk where her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ had walked. She spent her retirement years in Idaho, Laurel and Arizona, moving back to Montana in 2000.

Hazel is survived by her children, Olga (John) Blanchard of Buckeye, Ariz., Bertha (Vern) Spurgin of Absarokee, and Donald (Thale) Arthun of Absarokee; sister, Ethel Nelson of Laurel; grandchildren, Mike (Marylin) Blanchard, Diane (Steve) King, Tylea Spurgin, Lail Spurgin, Scott (Emily) Arthun, David (Kayce) Arthun, and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers, Marvil, Nels and Ted; sisters Olive, Isabel and Carrie.

A special thanks to Gail Ott and Home Health of Stillwater Hospital for their care of Hazel in her last years at home. Thank you to the staff at Laurel Health and Rehab and to Rocky Mountain Hospice for their love, care, and support for the last three months.

Memorials may be made to Skip's Kids in Absarokee, the Absarokee Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Dept., or to the charity of your choice.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings. Graveside services will be held at the Rosebud Cemetery Friday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. with a reception following at Don and Thale Arthun's residence. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel and memories may be shared with the family at

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