Janet Patricia Remington Shaw of Fort Benton, Montana passed from our presence June 15th, 2016 at the Missouri River Medical Center in Fort Benton after a long battle with COPD. She was 71.
Janet was born in Great Falls, Montana on February 18th, 1945 to Lois and Allen Remington of Highwood Montana. Janet attended the first three grades of school in Highwood, but in 1953 the Remington family loaded their livestock, equipment and family into several trucks and a bus and then traveled the Alcan Highway to Delta Junction, Alaska where the family homesteaded on the Clearwater River. Janet attended school at Ft. Greeley for several years as her parents proved up on the property and built the Clearwater Lodge. Afterwards, her time was split between the Homestead in Alaska and the farm in Highwood. Janet attended Belt High School for two years and then spent her last two years in Highwood, graduating in 1963. Janet married Kenneth “Larry” Shaw in February of 1965 and returned to Alaska. She worked several jobs, usually more than one at a time; The Delta Wind, driving bus, running the ASCS, Diehls department store and managing the Clearwater Lodge for several years after her parent’s health began failing.
Janet and Larry later divorced and Janet moved back to Montana, first in Great Falls and then Fort Benton in 1990. In Fort Benton, Janet worked for United Grain Corp, Peavey Grain and NQI Grain Inspecting while also helping out at the Banque Club. Janet enjoyed fishing, darts and bowling and was the secretary for the Monday night mixed league for several years until her health failed. Anyone who knew “Patti” knew she was 5′ tall and petite, but could quickly turn 10′ tall and bulletproof.
Janet is survived by her daughter Kathy Reed and husband Rob, and son Darin Shaw and his wife Corinna both of Billings, Montana, and son Kelly Shaw and wife Lorna, and son Kevin Shaw both of Fairbanks Alaska, sister Pam Von Bergen and husband Bruce of Moccasin, Montana, 9 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, a very sad little poodle, Bonnie and her very special friend, confidant and soulmate, John A Diekhans of Fort Benton, Montana.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents and sisters; Lois Olsen, Bobbie Vegoren, Judy Gossick, and Gail Dickson, and two little poodles, Buster and Ebony.
Services will be held Saturday, June 18th at 10am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with internment following at Riverside Cemetery. Cremation has taken place with Benton Funeral Home handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to Dedman Animal Shelter or a charity of one’s choice.
Published in Great Falls Tribune