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WORDEN — Mary Jane Nikitschenko, 70, of Worden, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, in Billings.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28, at the Pentecostals of Billings, 2335 Lewis Ave. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. A luncheon will follow at the church. The casket will be open at the church starting one hour prior to the service.

Mary Jane was born Aug. 4, 1939, in Austin, Minn., to Sylvester and Orpha Espe.

Mary Jane married Dimitri Nikitschenko on Jan. 6, 1962, in Billings. Out of this union, five children were born: Nancy, Michael, Katherine, Meria and Dimitri, Jr.

She loved living out on the farm, gardening and working in the flower garden. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Mary Jane was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Mary Jane was preceded in death by two children, Nancy and Dimitri, Jr.; her husband, Dimitri; and her parents. She is survived by her children, Michael of Colstrip, Katherine of Billings and Meria of Shepherd; two granddaughters, Megan of Billings and Daphine of Shepherd; her sister, Ruth Ann Smith of Billings; cousin Dorothy (Louie) Dauenhauer of Billings; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, RiverStone Hospice or charity of choice.

Smith’s Downtown Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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