Florence Needham dies in Miles City


Florence Minerva (Gesell) Needham, 85, of Miles City, Mont., and formerly of Parshall, N.D., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at the Friendship Villa Care Center in Miles City.
Florence Minverva Gesell was born Oct. 27, 1926, the oldest daughter of Rev. George and Effie (Hahn) Gesell. She was born at Bridger, Mont., where her father was minister of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. She moved to Parshall with her parents when she was three years old, attending school there and graduating from Parshall High School.
She worked as a dental assistant for four years. Florence married Donald Elwood Needham in 1944 at Russell, N.D.
Florence was the church organist, Sunday school teacher and superintendent, 4-H leader, Homemaker Club member and a member of the Cowbelles. She also sold Mary Kay cosmetics and Trail-et horse trailers. Florence’s chosen occupation was that of wife, mother and homemaker. She prided herself in keeping an immaculate house and a well-groomed lawn. She was an avid gardener, farm and ranch bookkeeper and grain truck driver at harvest time.
Florence is survived by her daughters, Judy (Keven) Hurd of Arizona, Barbara (Kelly Kluver) Needham of Montana, and Teresa Hoven of South Dakota; and sons, Tom Needham of North Dakota and Bruce Needham of Hawaii. Florence was also blessed with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A great many thanks to her Goddaughter, Mary Solomson, who was loyal and faithful in remembering Florence in her late years.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Donald; brother, Gerald; and parents, George and Effie.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at 1 p.m., at the First Lutheran Church in Parshall. Interment will follow in the Parshall Cemetery under the direction of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Miles City.
Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.

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