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Thelma B. Young 81 of Shawmut passed away Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 in Riverstone Hospice House in Billings with her daughters by her side of cancer. She was born July 18th, 1938 in Fairview, Montana the daughter of Cecil T. and Bertha C. (Freeman) Baxter. She attended school in Fairview and was a very smart student and an accomplished flute player, graduating from Fairview High School in 1956. She then attended Nursing School in Havre where she met James Young, Jr. who was stationed there with the United States Air Force. They were united in marriage and then spent 21 adventurous years as he served in the Air Force and the Navy. They lived in all four corners of the United States and many more. Upon his retirement in 1977 they moved to Idaho to the family farm where they lived and worked. She would go berry picking and cutting wood, so at the end of the day there was always a warm fire for winter days, fresh homemade bread and jam. She loved the farm animals and the outdoors. After his death in 1987 she returned to Montana and attended college to receive training as a teacher. She lived several places in Montana settling in Shawmut in the mid 1990’s.

She was an avid reader, loved playing many instruments, piano, flute and accordion but her specialty

was singing. She always made many friends wherever she lived and she loved them all.

She was a member of the Rebecca Lodge, Order of Eastern Star, the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and the Royal Neighbors.

She is survived by her four daughters Mary Hyatt of Orting, WA, Celestia Cobia of Auburn, WA, Diane Call of Grace, ID and Evelyn Wiles of Hageman, ID; one brother Colin Baxter of Anchorage, AK; two sisters Virginia Fink of Fairview, MT and Barbara Hafemann of Hardin, MT; 8 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents and one son Floyd J. Young.

At her request cremation has taken place and she will be committed next to her husband in Idaho.

The Perkins Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends are asked to make memorials to the charity of their choice and they may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313 Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at

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