Carlene Aastrom Root, age 77, of Miles City, MT passed away peacefully on Friday, August 14, 2020, in her home under hospice care by her daughter Mitzi May Holder.
She was born July 8, 1943, in Lewistown, MT, the daughter of Carl and Clara (Grinde) Aastrom. The Aastroms moved to Kinsey, MT in 1945, where Carlene attended Kinsey elementary school and went on to graduate from Custer County High School in 1961.
Carlene worked at Safeways where she met and married Clarence Root on July 16, 1970 in the First Lutheran Church of Miles City, MT. They were married for 43 years until Clarence passed in 2013. She also worked at the Holy Rosary Hospital, Ben Franklins, Buttreys where she retired in 1996, and Albertsons.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was active in the United Methodist Women, Mary Martha Circle, and numerous volunteer activities within the church.
Carlene enjoyed playing cards, RV camping, and traveling to visit friends and relatives. In recent years, she enjoyed her annual game of Monopoly with her grandson, Alexander, on his annual visits with his mom, Mitzi. Her talents and hobbies were: sewing, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, baking (best cinnamon rolls according to friends and her grandson). Some years ago, Carlene and Clarence had started making quilts together, selling them on eBay and as gifts to family members. Clarence would design the pattern, cut the squares and Carlene would sew the pieces into the finished quilt. Together, they participated in the local farmer’s market, selling baked goods, embroidered items and quilts.
Carlene is survived by her daughter, Mitzi May Holder and grandson, Alexander Lee Holder, Jr. of Springfield, VA; her sister, Patty Koch of Lewistown, MT, and brother, Charles Aastrom of Bullhead City, AZ; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Root; her parents, Carl and Clara Aastrom.
Upon cremation, the interment of the ashes of Carlene and Clarence Root will be at the Custer County Cemetery at a later date in the year.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to: First United Methodist Church of Miles City, MT, Custer County Fund for Animals (CCFA) at 2200 Box Elder #133, Miles City, MT 59301, or a charity of their choice.