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Irma Jean Rhoads


On Saturday, May 14, 2016, Irma Jean (Bell) Rhoads, 71, passed away at her home in Billings, Mont.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 19, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Billings.

She was born May 5, 1945, in Wolf Point to Raymond and Marie Bell.

Irma lived and attended school in Glentana, Glasgow and Opheim. In 1963 she graduated from Opheim High School. She then attended and graduated from IBM Business School in Seattle, Wash. In 1963 she married Alvin Isakson, and with this union they had two children, Leah Jo (1965) and Brock Alvin (1969). During the 1960-70s, they lived in Glasgow, Augusta and Havre while Alvin worked construction. They were later divorced and she married Lawrence "Larry" Rhoads in 1982 in Glasgow.

She was active and held offices in the Cherry Creek Roping Club and the Valley Ridgerunners Saddle Club. She would like to be remembered as the second woman president at the Ridgerunners who got rid of the "pink" paint on the outside of the club. She has always been active in the Catholic Church and was presently a member at St. Bernard's in Billings.

She worked for the State of Montana in different departments from 1963 until 2007, when she retired. Also during that time, she worked at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital for 10 years as an administrative secretary and for Markle's Inc. for five years.

Her parents, Raymond Bell, Rudy and Marie Bergerson, and a brother, Lawrence "Red" Bell, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Larry; a daughter, Leah Pointer and her husband, Tom, and their children, Tyler, Karli and Jacey; and a great-grandson, Brayden, all of Billings; a son, Brock Isakson, and his wife, Kacey, and their children Quinn and Clint, also from Billings; a step-son, Gregory Rhoads and his wife, Rose, of San Antonio, Texas, and their son, Lawrence; a special grandson, Shane Rhoads and his wife, Stacie, and their son, Rance, of Glasgow; one sister, Loretta Ebel, of West Richland, Wash .; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be sent to the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life or a memorial of your choice.

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