By: Chris Dunham, PDT Sports Writer
October 26, 2012
Maxine Staggs Dutiel Croy, 81
On Oct. 21, 2012, Maxine Staggs Dutiel Croy went to live in Heaven with our wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Maxine was born Jan. 20, 1931, in Happy Corner, Ky. She was one of five daughters born to Lorenzo Dow Staggs and Ida Myrtle Dillow. They later moved to Ohio where Maxine attended school. She enjoyed going to school sporting events with her dad and sisters.
Later she married Bill Dutiel and they were happily married for 10 years until Bill’s passing. Together they had four children: Joey, Mark, Julie, and Lynn.
Maxine and Bill met Holly and Flo Croy at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in 1963. Bill and Flo both died in May 1963.
In November 1963, Maxine married Holly Dean Croy. Holly’s 13 children welcomed Maxine and her three young children to a ranch in Ekalaka, Mont. Together, Maxine and Holly had five more children for a total of 21. They moved to Ennis in 1968 and continued ranching until Holly died in 1991.
Ranching and farming was a huge part of Maxine’s life and she had many fond memories of driving the tractor, one of her favorite pastimes. Maxine also loved to play games with her family, go to church, and play with her grandchildren. She loved people, traveling, children, and most of all, her Lord Jesus. She also loved spending time with her sisters and was able to recently see them. Even though she loved Montana, Maxine always thought of Ohio as home and enjoyed going there immensely.
Maxine is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Bill; her second husband, Holly; her son, Joey Dutiel; and her daughter, Letty Croy.
She is survived by their children: James (Dorothy) Croy (Ill.), June Cordes (Ill.), Carl (Davida) Croy (Ore.), Bob Croy (Mont.), Alvin (Becky) Croy (Mont.), Lois (Dennis) Dryden (Ill.), Sue (Arley) Beach (Mont.), Ann (Larry) Gentry (Ill.), Joe (Betty) Croy (Mont.), Mark (Lynda) Dutiel (Mont.), Donna (Kurt) Blain (Wyo.), Julie (Sonny) Eblen (Mont.), Sharon Davidson (Ill.), Lynn (Dave) Uptain (Mont.), Hank Croy (Mont.), Hue (Colleen) Croy (Mont.), Chief (Stacy) Croy (Mont.), Jesse Croy (Mont.), Amy (Casey) Veltkamp (Mont.), Guy (Shelbie) Croy (Mont.); her four sisters, Billie Patton (Ohio), Juanita Kelsey (Fla.), Ettie (Gary) Parks (Fla.), Donna Middaugh (Ohio); numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. at Rocky Mountain Baptist Church in Ennis. Graveside service following. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Faith Baptist Church Christmas Missions, PO Box 3587, Bozeman Mont. 59772.