MELSTONE — Mavis Crawford Kincheloe was born to parents Bill Crawford and Miriam Oppen Crawford on Sept. 13, 1928. She passed away at Billings Clinic on March 22, 2013, from complications of a stroke.
Grandma May grew up on a farm, working hard as a child and young adult. She and her sister, Maureen, did all of the chores that were present on a farm during the era of the 1930s and 1940s. They pitched hay, took care of cattle and attended to many chores. For several years, their bedroom was in the hay mow.
She attended school and graduated from Musselshell. She was married to Boyd Kincheloe when he returned from serving in the Army during World War II. They were soon joined by two daughters, Helen and Marsha. Over the next years of her life, Grandma May worked alongside Grandpa Boyd, establishing a successful ranching operation. She always cooked substantial meals which were shared by family members, employees and anyone who happened to stop by. Her grandchildren were the light of her life as were her great-grandchildren. She followed them to basketball games, rodeos, concerts, plays. If one of her grandkids was in an event, she was there. Caring for other people was her greatest attribute. As her family is saddened by her passing, we take pride in knowing that she wanted that characteristic passed on. As her family, we will try to uphold this trait, in honor of her caring for all of us.
Grandma May was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Miriam Crawford; her husband, Boyd; sisters Maureen Rademacher and Molly Midkiff; and daughter, Marsha.
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She is survived by her daughter, Helen (Tom) Hougen; grandchildren Sid (Brandy) Newman, Robert (Jackie) Newman, TJ (Liane) Newman, Alan (Mikell) Hougen, Sara (Russ) Wilcox, and Heidi (Shane) Borlaug. Her great-grandchildren are Stephanie, Mandy, Nevada, Shelby, Sage, Siggen, Mike, Ty, Chelsea, Craig, Adam, Tavin and Kierra. She is also survived by her sister Eileen (Warren) Danielson, and sisters-in law Virginia Jennaway, Dorothy Hendrix, Sherrill Nielsen and Eleanor Kincheloe. There are many nieces, nephews and friends that were privileged to call her Aunty May.
Services will be on Friday, March 29, at 2 p.m. in Melstone at the Community Center. Lunch will be served following the burial at the Melstone Cemetery. Memorial gifts can be given to Friends of Musselshell School, Melstone EMT Building Fund or charity of your choice.
Family will receive guests at the visitation on Thursday, March 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Wier Funeral Home.