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Esther Christine “Tootie” Weathermon Giest

On a cold sunny winter day Mom danced her way to heaven to be reunited with the love her of life, Bruce, who has no doubt been waiting impatiently for her to arrive.

Esther Christine “Tootie” Weathermon Giest passed peacefully on Feb. 10, 2018. In her words, she was surrounded by everything that she needed…her family.

She was gracious, thoughtful, and genuine. She brightened hearts and loved beyond measure. By all accounts, she was sweet and kind. She had a great sense of humor which seemed to only get sharper with age.

The family grieves for the loss of an amazing matriarch, their silent warrior. She exemplified strength in every definition of the word. She made the best in every situation and saw the best in people. She radiated God’s love and she leaves behind a legacy of faith and family.

Christine was born in Cody, Wyoming on July 25, 1934 to Edward Christopher and Ester Sophia (Palmer) Weathermon.

She attended and graduated from high school in Bridger, Montana.

She married Bruce Giest, her lifelong partner and best friend, on May 3, 1958.

Bruce and Christine raised their four daughters and farmed in the Clarks Fork Valley for 53 years. Their lives revolved around their family, their farm, their garden, their friends, and the Clarks Fork Valley community.  

Christine and Bruce found time to relax together by exploring the back roads of Carbon County. They enjoyed dancing and made an enviable dance team. Mom spent several years on the farm after Dad passed. The last couple of years she resided in Billings spending time with family, reconnecting with old friends, and making some new ones.

Mom was a giver. She loved to give people small gifts and insisted that the family help her shop for treasures to be bestowed on friends old and new, care givers, and even family pets. The best gift she gave was her gift of love.

She also loved to prepare and give food. She was a wonderful baker. Fruit pies were a family favorite along with homemade German dishes. According to the grandkids, she made a mean bowl of macaroni and cheese. She always had an open door and an open heart.

Christine was a faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Belfry where she taught Vacation Bible School. She was a member of the Belfry Senior Citizens and the local Red Hat Society. Her hobbies included shopping (mostly local garage sales), bingo, and watching the Green Bay Packers. She loved to work on jigsaw puzzles, which she framed for her beloved family. She collected crystal glassware and chicken figurines.

Our favorite memories involve her cooking and Sunday dinners, picnics along the river, pancakes for breakfast, takeout fried chicken, watching movies late into the night, picking asparagus, and her ability to be decisive.

Survivors include daughters Julie, Diane (Bill) Dell, Sharon (Rob) Wadd and Christine (Robert) Parks; grandchildren Brandon (Heather) Dell, Nicole (Tyler) Schweigert, Carmyn and Rachel Parks, Gretchen Wadd Ruby, Rebecca (Eric) Bloom and Jaedyn Wadd; great grandchildren Trenton and Remi Dell; Mason, Colton, and Lennyn Bloom; sister-in-law Mary Weathermon and brother-in-law Cliff Leimback; numerous nieces and nephews; and those she would also call family, Roger and Kathleen Webber and Lana Matt. She was proceeded in death by her parents, Christopher and Ester; siblings Margaret (Bernard) Bailey, Jean Leimback, Lee (Florence) Weathermon, Ada (John) Eckerman, and Mark Weathermon.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bridger, with interment in the Bridger Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at Bridger Elementary School. Smith Funeral Chapels is in charge of arrangements.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff and caregivers at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries and RiverStone Hospice. A special thank you to Pastor Shupe of St. John’s Church in Belfry.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Belfry.

The Lord has now fulfilled everything promised to her and Christine walks hand in hand with the Lord.

Our mother. Our grandmother. Our hero. Our role model. Our rock. Our glue. Our friend. Forever missed and never forgotten. We love you.

“Love you too…lots.” – Mom

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  • Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 9:00am
    The Fromberg Improvement Committee presents the Annual Pre-Easter Bake Sale, April 20 from 9 a.m. till gone, Front and Center at Leather Legends. Homemade pies from lemon meringue coconut cream banana cream sour cream raisin and more! Delectable cakes; pink champagne cake, chocolate cake, angel food cake, lemon chiffon cake w/lemon curd! Fromberg famous caramel rolls, fresh scones. Special orders (406) 668-7773.
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    Paintbrush Piecers Quilt Guild meeting will be Monday April 22 at 6 p.m. at the Cody Sr. Center. After a short business meeting the program will be a trunk show presented by Betty Hecker, Audrey Clark and Sharon Kaeding from Red Lodge. Meetings are free and guests are welcome. For information contact Marybeth 754-5399
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    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
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    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
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    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.

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