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Gladys Theo 'Jody' Opheim


Gladys Theo "Jody" Opheim, 84, died Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Help for Health Hospice Home.

Memorial services will be held at a later date with inurnment of the ashes taking place at Lawndale Cemetery with her husband in Opheim, Mont. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.

She was born June 26, 1929, in Helena, Mont., the daughter of James Paul Martin and Lorna Belle Hallock.

She attended first and second grade in Norris, Mont., third through sixth grade in Great Falls, seventh and eighth grades in Portland, Ore, ninth through 11th grades in Opheim, and 12th grade in St. Ignatius, Mont., when she received her GED in 1979. She also attended Salish Kootenai College in the 80s, studying early childhood development course (Headstart).

On Sept. 1, 1946, she married Rex O'Neal Opheim in Glasgow. She was of the Lutheran faith and was a Sunday School teacher while raising her family; four sons and one daughter.

She was a member of the Eastern Star in Opheim, the Senior Center in St. Ignatius (a quilter) and was a member of the Riverton, Wyo., Senior Center (housing) socializing and volunteering services.

She enjoyed quilting, painting pictures, sewing clothes for family and making quilts for seniors.

She had a passion for serving people. She managed the ENCO Club kitchen at the Radar Station in Opheim, and was also a head cook at Glasgow Air Force Base. She managed the Legion Club kitchen in Billings, was a Headstart teacher and cook at St. Ignatius, and created "Learning flannelgraphs and stories" for Headstart. She also enjoyed adventure such as snowmobiling, camping and hot air ballooning.

She was a lifelong resident of Montana until she moved to Riverton in November, 2010, to live near her daughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex; and her parents.

Survivors include four sons, Jerry Opheim and his wife, Vicki, of Billings, Jim Opheim of Glasgow, Mikel Opheim of Kalispell, and Berney Opheim of Missoula; a daughter, Loni Freese and husband, Terry, of Riverton; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Help for Health Hospice in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.

Online condolences for the family may be made at

Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home in Riverton.


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