Wanda V. Hodgson, age 77 of Miles City, passed away peacefully after a short illness on May 3rd, 2018. Wanda was born in Melstone, Montana on Feb. 1st, 1941 to Russell and Vera Martin. She was the youngest of three children.
As a child, Wanda and her family lived in many of the small communities along the Milwaukee Railroad, including Butte, Forsythe, Ismay, Mobridge S.D., and Miles City, following her father’s various job assignments with the railroad. Her family didn’t own a car in those days and traveled by train on the Milwaukee. Wanda shared many fond memories of those small towns as a child, but also remembered the difficulties of being the new kid at school all the time.
Wanda graduated from Custer County High School in 1959. While in high school, she met her husband of nearly 55 years, Willie Hodgson. Willie enlisted in the Air Force while Wanda was still in school and served five years. Wanda and Willie kept in touch with letters over those years, and they were married on July 27th, 1963 after he finished his service. They have lived in Miles City ever since and raised four children.
While raising her children, Wanda also worked as a book keeper for local businesses Miles City. She later started working at the K-mart store in Miles City as a book keeper when the store was first opened. She worked at K-mart for 23 years in various jobs until her retirement.
As a young person, Wanda loved to dance the jitterbug at the Harmony Hangout in Miles City. She enjoyed music from her era, including Frank Sinatra and Elvis. At home, she enjoyed playing music on her organ and singing as well.
Wanda was most of all a wonderful wife and mother. She was an incredibly loving person who put her family first always. She enjoyed picnics and other family gatherings. She enjoyed just sitting outside in the summer evenings with her children and other kids from the neighborhood playing nearby. When her children grew up and her boys moved away, she really cherished the times when they could all get together with her for holidays.
Later in life, she cherished being a grandmother and great-grandmother. She also loved her Scottish Terriers and treated them with the same love and care as the rest of her family.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Vera Martin, her brother Russell Martin, and three nephews. She is survived by her husband Willie, her sister Nancy Griesgraber and husband Joe, her son Wade and wife Jeannie, her son Wayne, her daughter Wendy, and her son Wesley and wife Kellie. She is also survived by four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family also wants to acknowledge Wanda’s niece Janell Hodgson Certain who provided weeks of loving care to Wanda at the hospital during her illness.
Graveside services will be held at the Eastern Montana Veterans Cemetery in Miles City on Tuesday, May 8th at 11 am, followed by a reception and lunch at the VFW in Miles City. All family and friends are invited. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.