TWIN BRIDGES, Mont. — Julie Grace Pulver-Norman, 51 years old, was born on April 10, 1960.
She wasn't "the courageous battle with cancer type" . . . she was that stubborn, ornery, must have the last word, and is always right type. In fact, as I write this, I am sure that this is her way of ending the fight we had almost a year ago.
The truth is that she loved and fought, laughed and cried, won and lost. She laughed until she cried and more than once cried until she laughed. She wasn't afraid to get dirty, to do the work, but she cleaned up pretty nice too.
She believed in happy endings, that everything happens for a reason, and that there is good in everyone and she helped anyone she could.
She considered herself a nomad and that included Troy, Whitefish, Billings, Noxon and finally Twin Bridges, Mont.
She attended high school in Whitefish, raised her children in Troy and Noxon, but ultimately ended up making Twin Bridges her home. She just couldn't get enough of Montana, any part of it. She was a jack of all trades and did everything from waiting tables and cooking in Troy at The Boondocks, to tending a gas station in Noxon at Aitken's Quik Stop, but she finally found her calling working with the elderly in Sheridan, Mont., at The Tobacco Root Mountain Care Center.
She enjoyed life in every way that she could, she gardened, bowled, loved being outdoors, and she collected frogs of any kind. She loved animals, people and had perfected the art of arguing almost completely. She loved food, she loved farming on Farmville, and she loved her family. Mostly, she loved being sarcastic and keeping everyone on their toes with her witty humor.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Jacqueline Thomen, her uncle Dick Hoover, her aunt Joyce Brown, her uncle U.J. Demaree, her close friend Sylvester Seidensticker, and many, many, other friends who are showing her the ropes as you read this.
She is survived by her father, Clifford Pulver and Janette Pulver, and her children Clifford Daniel Lawrence Huff (Danny) and wife Candi Gibson, as well as her daughter Courtney Elaine Leighty, her brothers and sisters Mike and Connie Nesvacil, Clint Pulver, Art and Sherie Jennings, Louie and Nancy Jennings, Colleen and David Reed, her niece and nephew, Jaymi Hardman and Cody Jennings, her step-children, Shane Huff, Daniele Huff, Michelle Huff, Johnna Thompson, Charlie Norman, and Robbie Norman, her grandchildren Hunter Leighty, JayLee Leighty, Jayden Leighty, Krisign Huff, and Wesley Guinard, her step-grandchildren, J.D. Cross, Wesley Cross, Ashley Huff, Jesamin Huff, Shawn Huff and De'Uondre Parker.
Julie is also survived by her best friend, partner in crime, and fiancé, Mark Pederson and his children Jessica and Jack Pederson. She is also survived by her many friends who are just too many to list but they all know who they are.
Services for Julie are going to be held at The Church of the Valley, in Twin Bridges on Tuesday, April 26, at 11 a.m., and will be officiated by Ben Nardi. All are invited to join her family in a celebration of life. K&L Mortuary was in charge.
Memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice in Butte or the Tobacco Root Mountain Care Center in Sheridan, Mont.