Jeanette (Stanhope) McNaney was born June 8, 1924, the second of Pearl and Aldie Stanhope’s five children. She went to be with Jesus July 14, 2013 at Billings Clinic Hospital. She was delivered by her grandmother, Celie Stanhope, a midwife, on the Stanhope Ranch south of Baker. They moved to Cabin Creek in Fallon County when she was 3, and she attended the first 3 grades at the McNaney School. Then because of the drought, her family moved into Baker for the next 2 years but she was most happy to move back to the country for her sixth thru eighth grades.
She attended high school in Plevna, and after graduation attended Eastern Montana College in Billings. However, because of contracting the mumps and missing too much school, she dropped out and went to Western Union and learned telegraphy. She was assigned to Tucson, Ariz., and worked there for just under a year, then moved home to help her parents. One of their neighbors, Everette McNaney was in the Army Air Corp and she started writing to him because she figured he was probably homesick. This correspondence progressed and in 1944 they were married while he was home on furlough. Following his discharge from the Air Corp in 1945, they set up ranching in Fallon County, leasing land from her parents. They continued doing so until October, 1952, when they had the opportunity to buy a ranch on Cabin Creek in Prairie County and they moved with their 4 children, CK, Bobbi, Don and Peggy. Three more children came along, Tom, Joe and Stella, completing the family. When CK was ready for high school in 1962, the decision was made that she would move in to Terry for the school week and return to the ranch for the weekends and summers. This continued until Stella was in the 2nd grade and the Cabin Creek school bus route was added.
While the kids were growing up, Jeanette was very active in 4-H as a leader, teaching sewing, cooking, woodworking, electricity and weeds. Then in 1970 she and Everette made the decision to take in foster children, and over the next 25 years she cared for 25 hurting kids.
In 1974 Everette was diagnosed with cancer and she nursed him until his death in 1980. Don and Cathy took over the ranch for several years and she moved into Terry. In 1988 they decided there was more money in truck driving, so they moved to Billings and she moved back to the ranch, and continued raising red angus cattle that she loved. She continued this until 1998, when she sold the ranch and moved back in to Terry. She continued to put in a large garden, can vegetables for her kids, and grow lots of pretty flowers. In the winter she quilted, making each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren a quilt. In 2010, the load of home ownership was proving to be too much so her family moved her into assisted living accomodations in Billings.
Jeanette was a member of the Terry Wesleyan Church, having committed her heart to the Lord in the mid 1950s. Her faith was supremely important to her as was teaching her children to put their faith in the Lord also.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Everette, 3 sons: Terrill, David and Coleman, 4 great grandkids, her sisters, Stella Mae and Floy, one brother, Glen, and 4 nephews. She is survived by 3 sons, Don and his wife, Cathy, Tom and his wife, Grace, Joe and his wife Carol, by 3 daughters, Bobbi and her husband, Harvey Bybee, Peggy and her husband Franklin Robbie, and Stella and her husband, Daryl Dietrich, 21 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, one brother, Clyde and his wife Leona, one brother-in-law, Ben Cysewski, and 8 nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held on Saturday, July 20 2013 at the First Christian Church, 522 North 29th Street, in Billings. A funeral service was also held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at the Wesleyan Church in Terry. Burial followed at the Prairie County Cemetery. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Terry is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com
Published July 24, 2013