Jean (Hubing) Dekker, age 93, went home to be with the Lord on January 7, 2020 surrounded by family and friends.
Jean was born on November 3,1926 in Glendive, Montana, the daughter of Albert James and Helene (Garfield) Hubing. She attended the one room Summit School for her elementary years, went to Terry for her freshman and sophomore years and graduated from Circle High School in 1944. World War II was still going and there was a shortage of teachers, so the Dawson County Superintendent of Schools issued an emergency certificate and Jean was on her way to a teaching degree.
On October 11, 1947 Jean married William Dekker in Circle. They farmed and ranched south of Circle raising Angus cattle until Billy’s untimely death in 1982. Jean and Billy opened their home to Eileen Gamber who stayed with them for many summers and school vacations she was lovingly known as one of their “kids”. They were blessed with two children, Tom and Nola. Jean remained on the ranch until 1994 when she moved to Circle. She had good friends and enjoyed a part-time job baking at the Tastee Freeze on weekend mornings.
Jean’s first love was her family, the center of her life and love of her heart and being a homemaker. She loved cooking and baking homemade buns and cinnamon rolls, which many of us were recipients of efforts. Jean loved her children, gardening, flower beds, black cows and was an avid reader. She served as a 4-H leader, was on the McCone County Museum board, charter member of the Round Circle Cowbelles of which she was the first president. Jean was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Church and Auxiliary.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, husband Billy, sisters: Ann Conger and Corky LaRowe Jensen and brother Robert Hubing.
She is survived by her children: Tom (Valerie) Dekker, Nola (Jim) Hunter, Eileen (Ben) Benjamin; her grandchildren: Lucas and Cathy Dekker, Michael and Rebekka Hunter, Strad and Kent Benjamin; her brother Dale Hubing and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Xavier Catholic Church in Circle. Interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Senior Center, MAF or charity of one’s choice.