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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Ethel Christine Hawley
December 21, 1925 - January 23, 2021

Place of Birth: Four Mile, MT
Residence: Fairview, MT
Age: 95

Ethel Christine (Meldahl) Hawley (95) passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Ethel was born in a little farm house, her father built, near Four Mile, Montana, on December 21st, 1925 to Almer and Johanna (Dybfjord) Meldahl, one of seven children.
According to a letter she left behind for her children, she said she had a "very loving upbringing and had a lot of fun, playing with paper dolls, sledding, listening to radio shows, playing games, eating popcorn, fudge and special foods, especially homemade bread...yummy!"
Ethel attended grade school at Sweger and Four Mile. She graduated in 1944 from the Fairview Consolidated School after which she worked at Holly Sugar and then The Richland National Bank where she met the love of her life, a handsome Marine named Harold Hawley. Harold asked her to the cinema and she actually heard bells on their first kiss. They were married two weeks later, on June 18th, 1945, after a whirlwind courtship. Harold was still in the Marines so they went to Santa Barbara where he was stationed. That "whirlwind courtship" lasted 49 years until Harold's death on his 70th birthday in May of 1994.
Ethel was a lifetime member of Four Mile and Zion Lutheran Churches where she was active in Ladies Aid and teaching Sunday School. Ethel was also a member of Fairview Senior Citizens, looking forward to their Wednesday card days.
Ethel was an avid reader and she enjoyed working on crossword and jigsaw puzzles, playing cards and board games with her children and grandkids. She even played legos with her great-grandkids.
Ethel's family knew not to call her at 3:30 or 5:30 as that was the time Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune was on.
Ethel's door was always open to family and friends. For many years, on Festival weekend her house and backyard were full of relatives and friends. One year she woke up to several young men sleeping on her living room floor. They knew that her door was always open and they always felt welcome.
Ethel was preceded in death by her husband Harold, son John, and son-in-law Marvin Kilen; sisters Cora Weinrich, Ruby Delp, and Mildred Johnson; brothers Alvin Meldahl and Donald Meldahl.
Ethel is survived by brother Gene (Bonnie) Meldahl, Sidney. Daughters Pam Kilen, Fairview; daughter-in-law Nadine Hawley, Spokane; Angie (Elmer) McCauley, Viola, WI; Karen (Robert) Barstad, Gleichen, Alberta; Robin (Dennis) Trudell, Fairview. 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. Ethel is also survived by sisters-in-law Eva Babic, La Qinta, CA; Kathy Clixby, Olympia, WA; and Esther Davis, Lacey, WA.
The family requests that memorials be sent to Zion Lutheran Church, Fairview.
Special thanks to Home Health nurses Alyssa and Josie as well as the Sidney Health Center Hospice nurses.
A Memorial Service and luncheon will be held on Wednesay, March 31, 2021 at the Zion Lutheran Church at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Audrey Rydbom officiating.

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Joan & paul eldridge (Fairview, Mt)
Jan 25, 2021
We were so sorry to hear about Ethel. She always had a smile and a kind word whenever we saw her. She will be missed.
Barbara Wangerud Downs (West Fargo, ND)
Jan 25, 2021
Condolences to all in the family. I had a nice visit with Ethel when I was in Fairview for my 50th FHS reunion.
Cheryl Riedel (Fairview, Montana)
Jan 25, 2021
So sorry to see this. God bless Ethel and all of her family.
Jan 25, 2021
Family, Great sadness this world these days; a really, really classy lady has joined the love of her life, son and others in eternity. A long life, lived well; rest in peace, dear Ethel. Always enjoyed the infrequent visit in her home; the pastries and coffee plus conversation so welcome. Memories are forever; friends and family will comfort all during this trying time. Blessings & love to all, Clay & Lynne
Linda Panasuk (Bainville , MT.)
Jan 25, 2021
My heart is broken as are many others. " Grandma Ethel" as is the best way I know her. Tyla adored her and cherished her as a granddaughter should. She was so very kind and loving. Such a gentle soul and she will be so very missed. Tim thought so much of her stating that "she was always a sweetheart to me from the beginning. Condolences to all
Tom Miller (Rapid City, Sd)
Jan 25, 2021
Heart felt prayers to the Hawley family God Bless
Debbi Cotter (Billings )
Jan 25, 2021
Sorry to hear Ethel passed So enjoyed spending time with her talking about Family God Bless you all. Phil and Debbi Cotter
Dorothy Paladichuk (Sidney, Mt)
Jan 25, 2021
My sympathy to Ethels family.She and my oldest sister, Adele Vickstrom Elletson, we’re in the same HS class and both were the last two left until Adele passed away in May 2019. Ethel was a gracious lady that will be missed. God bless her memory.
Violet Tharp
Jan 26, 2021
My sympathies to the family. First met her in 1970 at Fairview schools. Such a sweet, kind person, and we always had time for a chat whenever we saw each other. May God fill you with peace.
lynette leininger (fairview, mt)
Jan 26, 2021
So sorry to hear about Ethel's passing. She was such a sweet and kind lady, she will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers to her family.
Myrna Haugen Loomis
Jan 26, 2021
So many childhood memories of Four Mile and the Meldahl family. My dad always enjoyed each and every one of family. God bless and rest in peace.
Larry and Cheryl Tveit (Lake Preston , South Dakota )
Jan 27, 2021
So sorry for your loss, you are in our prayers
Kevin and Jackie Sullivan
Jan 27, 2021
Sorry to hear about Ethel! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. Such a nice lady.
Sterling Sundheim (Lewistown, MT)
Jan 28, 2021
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Eva (Hawley) Babic (LaQuinta, CA)
Jan 29, 2021
I was so sorry to hear of Ethel's passing, but I know my dear sister in law is now with Harold and her son John as well as other loved ones who went before her. She was a gracious, loving lady who always greeted you with open arms and a welcoming smile. Her hospitality was outstanding and I so enjoyed my few visits to her home. She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. May she rest in peace.
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