MALTA-Frances M. Slade, 90, passed away September 12, at the Phillips County Hospital of natural causes.

            The family will receive friends at 7:00 P.M., Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Monday at the Malta Lutheran Church. Interment will be in the Malta Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.

Frances was born in Malta on December 23, 1927 to William and Olga Armstrong. She resided in Malta all her life, attending Northern Montana College after high school. She married Earl Slade on June 12, 1948 in the Malta Lutheran Church and was the love of her life. She was a devoted wife and mother and especially loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They all stopped often for after school snacks before heading off to various activities. She loved to garden and shared her produce and canned goods with many.

            Frances was very active in the Malta Lutheran Church and was the first woman to serve on the church counsel. She was also the longest serving council member. She quilted faithfully and, was honored in later years with her own space “Fran’s Corner.” She had a beautiful voice and sang for over 70 years in the church choir.

            She worked for Louie LaRouche at the abstract office and wasat the Bowdoin Wildlife Refuge for over 25 years. She was a member of WIFE and the Red Hat Society.

            Frances is survived by her sons, Dale and Bud (Beth) both of Malta; daughters, Laurel “Sis” Mann of Butte and Kathy “Kak” Sorbel of Malta; sister, Dorothy Christensen of Malta; eight grandchildren and 9 ½ great-grandchildren.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Slade; parents, William and Olga Armstrong; brother Roland Agard, sister Blanche Deo Matovich; grandson, Mark Slade; great grandson, Joshua Mann; son-in-laws, Smuck Mann and Greg Sorbel; daughter-in-law Joelyn Slade.        

We love you mom and will miss your generous and loving nature. Heaven has gained a very special Angel.




Guest Book


From: Maryjo and Ken McLean

Your mother was a GREAT lady! Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.


From: Betty and Gene Sipe

We are deeply saddened by your loss. Our prayers and
and thoughts are with your family at this difficult time.


From:  Barbara Schlocker

I am so glad I met you. Our visits together with Dorothy, enjoying coconut crème pie and listening to you two sisters talk of your growing up years. We were so lucky to have you enrich our lives.


From: Sharon A Kindle

Fran, you dear sweet lady; always a pleasure to travel with on our WIFE trips, assist in any way you could.
A classy sweetheart; will cherish your memory forever.


From: Edward Ostlund

Another of my Malta HS classmates of 1945 departed. I just now learned of her departure.Francis was a sweet lady.

Condolences to her family from Edward and Sarah Ostlund. I hardly know any of you except sister, Dorothy.

Edward Ostlund





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