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Sylvia Whitham

BIG TIMBER - Sylvia Violet Whitham, 97, of Big Timber passed away Friday Jan. 2, 2009, at the Pioneer Medical Center in Big Tmber.

Sylvia was born on Nov. 9, 1911, in Akron, Ohio to Edward and Jennie Hartline. She graduated from Akron's East High School.

She married Stanley A. Whitham on Oct. 21, 1932 in West Virginia.

They moved to Greycliff, Mont. onto the Bob Line Place (presently the Hobble Diamond Ranch) where they resided for the next six years.

They then purchased the Jack Wagner place one mile west of Reed Point, operating the ranch there until 1972, when they retired and moved to Big Timber. Sylvia and Stanley traveled with the Friendship Force to Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Germany, Japan, England and Greece.

She was active in the Reed Point Library Club, Bridger Creek Club, she loved square dancing and also enjoyed going to the Hospitality House for lunch.

In Sept. 2003, Sylvia moved to the Boulder Meadows Assisted Living Facility, and in 2005 she moved to the Pioneer Medical Center.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband in 1993; grandsons: Glenn Whitham in 2002 and Quinn Whitham in 2003.

She is survived by her four children, Bill (Betsy) of Fairbanks, Alaska, David (Mary) of Silverthorne, Colo., Ruth (Marlyn) Drange of Big Timber and Mary (Harold) Krone of Boise, Idaho, 18 grandchildren; Linda Whatley, Joseph, Daniel, Stanley, Levi and Joanne Whitham, Steve, Jeff and Chris Whitham, Georgina Shifley, Stewart and Andy Drange, Marlys Drange-Hallman, Teresa Powell, Rosie McLeod, Polly Gyger, Ben Krone and Sonja Hawk, 30 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday Jan. 6, at the Reed Point Evangelical Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Sylvia's name may be made to the Reed Point Evangelical Church or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Stenberg Funeral Home.

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