Published: Thursday, July 11th, 2013
Aletha J. Warner was born Aug. 17, 1937, in Rapid City, S.D.
She had a 58-year love affair with the man who swept her off her feet, literally after picking her up during a day of roller skating. Even though she was only 14 on that day, she knew and told her father that she had met the man she would marry. Four years later it was set in stone for a 58-year journey.
During this time she traveled with her beloved through the military, supporting his career and being the best wife and mother she could be to five children.
Being an avid reader, she loved horror and murder mysteries. Aletha excelled at classical piano and was known for her ability to make beautiful knitted and crocheted gifts. The grandkids loved her sweaters the most and they will be greatly missed.
She spent a great deal of time in the kitchen cooking from scratch. It was nothing for her to be baking sugar cookies one second and in the next shooting a bobcat that was attacking the ducks. Cutting up deer and putting it in the freezer was just second nature to her.
One never had to wonder where they stood with Aletha, as she was as blunt as the day is long. It didn’t matter if she was mad or if she wanted a hug, you knew it and she was getting it. Her spirited and loving nature will be greatly missed by many. Her orneriness as well will be missed, but most of all her hugs. As one who was never shy to give a hug, there are many who will remember them and miss those wonderful embraces.
Aletha died June 23, 2013, in Billings, Mont. She was 75.
She is survived by beloved husband Fred Warner; daughters Mickey Warner, Roxanne (Paul) Erstad, Bobbie (Brian) Foster, Valerie Warner (Cody Pesicka); Sparkle, her Siberian Husky; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Aletha will be laid to rest in Rosebud Cemetery just outside of Absarokee, Mont.
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