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Piper Anne Mellgren Wood, 42, of Billings, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

She was born on Oct. 13, 1967, to Fredrik C. and DeeAnne Mellgren. She grew up in Billings and graduated from West High in 1986.

Piper married Scott Olson in 1988. She was later re-married to Dan Wood and lived in Snohomish, Wash., from 1996 to 1999. She gave birth to her son Cameron there in 1997. He was the most important thing in her life.

Piper worked as a veterinary technician for many years and later at Northwest Pipe before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She loved animals, especially black cats. She was known to have up to six of them at once, jokingly referring to herself as the “crazy cat lady.”

Piper's optimism was infectious. She held tight to her dreams and always believed something better was just around the corner. Her sense of humor and joy for life created opportunities for an ever-expanding circle of friends.

She loved to spend time at the family cabin on Flathead Lake. She was a true “dock rat” who loved to water ski, windsurf, and suntan on the dock while blasting her “boom box.” She also loved to scrapbook, decorate her home and restore old furniture.

Piper overcame many battles in her short life and was an inspiration to many people. She loved to chair Sunday NA meetings and speak at the Rimrock Foundation in hopes of helping others create new beginnings. Piper wanted to save the world, one person at a time. She was a devoted mother, beloved daughter and sister, loyal friend, and tireless sponsor.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Charles and Margaret Davis, Kristian Mellgren; and her, father Fredrik C. Mellgren.

She is survived by her mother, DeeAnne Mellgren; son Cameron Wood and his father Dan; sister Kirsti Glasgow; her husband Terry and son Jacob; grandmother Marjorie Mellgren; uncle Hank Mellgren and his wife Val; uncle Barry Davis and his wife Jennie Rae; aunt Sharon Davis and her husband L.D.; and several cousins, nieces, nephews and extended NA family members.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Troy Fiddler and all the doctors and staff at Frontier Cancer Center for helping Piper over the years, and also all her close friends who helped make life a little easier for her as she was going through treatment.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, at Harvest Church Lockwood Campus, 1413 Rosebud, Lockwood.

A memorial fund is being set up for Piper's son Cameron. At this time, donations can be mailed to Kirsti Glasgow, PO Box 20339, Billings MT 59104.

Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences can be sent online to www.cfgbillings.com.

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