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Winnefred 'Wendy' Hazel Freier Pugh

 

August 9, 2017

To our mother,

After a year-long battle with illness, you passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, during which you were surrounded by family and friends that loved you and are heartbroken to see you go.

You were born on Dec. 3, 1950, in Circle, Mont., and had a difficult childhood. We truly wish you were able to have a more substantive relationship with all of your biological and adoptive siblings, however, are thankful you were able to maintain a lifelong relationship with your brother, Bill Johnson, of Circle, his wife, Marian, and their three children, Gary, Becky and Kristie. We know you loved them dearly and we will be working closely with them to bring you home.

You met and married our father, Thomas Walter Pugh III, of Glasgow, who was the love of your life. We have a lot of good memories of us together, and were sad that your marriage didn't work out. However, we are extremely grateful that you continued to love Dad and never once thought his family was not your own. It's important you know that Emitt and Terry Northup of Glasgow, their three children, Adam and Casey Northup of Boise, and Holly Pierce of Columbia Falls, and their families loved you in kind. The love and support we've received from them during this time has been overwhelming.

We know we were your world and you worked hard to give us what we needed. You worked a wide range of jobs, including being a housekeeper at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow, a dietary aide at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow and at the Billings Clinic Hospital in Billings, as well as many other jobs that were hard on you and you didn't necessarily like doing. It was difficult work and you would often go without to provide for us, and at times, for our goofy friends. Please know that your sacrifices didn't go unnoticed, and we will forever be grateful.

Ultimately, we know that you didn't identify yourself by your work, but by your family and friends. You were a mother and grandmother first, and your grandchildren were the light of your life. Breeanne Soper of Plains, Mont., and Thomas Pugh of Billings, will forever treasure the time they had with you and we hope they've learned by your example. No matter what life throws at you, love will carry you through.You are our mother, our grandmother, our friend, our angel ... your love and support has made us the men we are today and we hope we've made you proud. You will forever be loved and missed, our dear mother, more than you could ever know.

Your loving sons,

Jerry Pugh, Boise

Dustin Pugh, Billings

A celebration of Mom's life will be held in Circle at a date to be determined.

 

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