On May 31, 2012, Jeanne Mae LaBree passed away at the Rosebud County Nursing Home, in Forsyth, Montana. She joined her siblings, Vonnie Colgrove, Slivers Strom, and Arley Strom.
Jeanne was born in Miles City, Montana on July 31, 1933, to Clara (Tranholt) and Casper Strom. Jeanne says her mother washed clothes, made lunch, and had her at home before her dad came home at noon. She graduated from Custer County High in 1951, worked as a telephone operator and was a secretary at Beacon Carter when she met her handsome cowboy, Frankie LaBree. Jeanne and Frank were married September 7, 1952. They worked at numerous ranches in Garfield and Rosebud Counties. While living in Forsyth Jeanne loved working for the Rosebud Conservation District. Their dreams were fulfilled when they were able to purchase the Hagen Ranch north of Ingomar on the Big Porcupine.
In addition to helping with ranch work and raising her girls, Jeanne loved music, dancing, playing the accordion and the piano. She was also was very artistic and enjoyed drawing and painting, and was enthusiastic about helping with high school floats, costumes and other creative projects.
Jeanne is survived by her husband, five daughters, eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren: Julie and George Stephens and their children LaBree and McQuade; Lori and Donnie Finnicum and their children Robyn, Quintan, Tyson and Lauren; Lisa and Terry Patterson, and their daughters, Haylee and Hannah; Frankye and Scott Chandler, and their children Amy, Sondra and Matthew; and Jodi and Ben Rounce.