Judith Anne Deschamps Bean
RONAN — Judith Anne Deschamps Bean passed away peacefully at St. Patrick Hospital with her husband Harry and childhood friend Kathy at her side; due to complications of a six-year battle with breast cancer.
Judy was born in Missoula, Dec. 1, 1946 to Robert L. and Dorothy G. Deschamps Jr. She attended Bonner grade school, and the last class of Missoula County High School (1965). She was an Alpha Phi at the University of Montana. She married her husband in 1968 and they lived in Missoula, Fort Benton and Ronan.
Judy was a leader for Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, president of Lake County Cattle Women (cowbells) and was voted in as “secretary for life” of the North Crow Women’s Club. She was a member of the Sons and Daughters of Montana Pioneers and was a mentor and inspiration to all (young and old) that knew her. She always said her “greatest accomplishment” was getting son Josh confirmed, graduated and becoming an Eagle Scout before he turned 18. Mission accomplished. She was a passionate gardener, homemaker and fanatic Griz fan in the north end zone; and will be fondly remembered by all who knew her for her compassion, kindness and above all her up-beat attitude. Her favorite song was “I did it my way.”
Judy was preceded in death by her brother Randy; mother Dorothy; grandparents Robert L. and Della Mix, and Marcy Kincade; and great-grandmother Anna Gookin. She leaves behind her husband Harry; son Joshua of Ronan; father Robert L. Jr., of Ronan and Sun City, Ariz.; siblings Robert L., III (Rebecca) of Missoula, Anita Lacher of Nebraska, and Ameede Tieman (Ken) of Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Judy’s name may be sent to Cheerful Hearts, POB 688, Polson, MT, 59860, North Crow Women’s Club, 43659 Canal Road, Ronan, MT 59864, or a charity of your choice.
A celebration of Judy’s life will be held at the family residence on July 21, 2012.