Billings, Mont., resident June Inez Babbitt Cissell died Monday, June 15, 2009, of natural causes in Ponderosa Pines Health Care. She was 91.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 19, at Dahl Funeral Chapel at 10 Yellowstone Avenue, Billings, with a luncheon to follow. Interment will be 4 p.m. at Riverview Memorial Cemetery in Worland, Wyo.
Ms. Cissell was born in Worland, Wyo., to Ernest and Ellen (Brian) Babbitt on July 28, 1917. She had lived in Wyoming, Montana and Alaska.
"June especially enjoyed living in Alaska where she remained for 30 years. She at one time owned a taxi service where she spoke of meeting wonderful people from all over the world. She enjoyed the outdoor life Alaska offered, fishing for halibut and salmon, digging clams, berry picking, feeding wild moose in her back yard and keeping her feathered friends stocked up with bird seed and suet," her family said. "June always had dogs and cats but welcomed any strays that needed a warm home and a good meal until she could find loving homes for them. She once took in a box turtle that stayed for 15 years until she gave it to her granddaughter, Shannon, who still has the turtle. June prided herself in her cooking skills and enjoyed feeding anyone who came to her home.
She was a life member of the Supreme Emblem Club where she played the organ and the piano for club functions. She had a magical touch with plants and she enjoyed filling her home with their splendor.
"She will be also missed by her very special friend, Joe Smith of Soldotna," her family said.
Ms. Cissell was preceded in death by her son, Sonny Lewis Roods; and parents.
She is survived by her sons, Ernest Midford Knight of Everett, Wash., and Randy Joe (Karla) Roods of Pryor, Mont.; daughter, Peggie J. Knight Smith of Soldotna; 11 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be sent to Zoo Montana, 2100 S. Shiloh Road, Billings, MT 59106.
Arrangements were made by Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings.
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