Madylene B. ‘Dickie’ Stockburger
Madylene Beall ‘Dickie’ Stockburger passed away peacefully November 22, 2017 at the age of 92. Dickie was a wife and mother who successfully balanced her home-life with a rewarding career in nursing.
She was born in Hardin, MT on January 31, 1925, the youngest of ten children born to Sherman and Emma (Tibbs) Beall. Dickie was very active at Hardin High School as a student leader, honor student and member of the Bulldog cheer squad.
After graduating from Hardin High School she enrolled in the Montana State College Nursing program in Bozeman and also spent a year at the University of Michigan for specialized training. Following graduation, she began her nursing career at the Billings Deaconess Hospital, now the Billings Clinic. She later retired after sixteen years as Director of Nursing at the Western Manor Nursing Home.
In 1949, she married Robert ‘Stocky’ Stockburger. They built a life in Billings, MT where she continued her nursing work as they raised their four children. Upon retirement, Stocky and Dickie enjoyed many years traveling in their motor home across the US and northern Mexico. They spent their winters in the Hill Country of Texas and cherished their annual camping trips with their nine grandchildren in the panhandle of Northern Idaho.
She was an avid gardener always sharing the bounty from her vegetable garden with neighbors, friends and family. She was happiest in her flower garden especially when teaching her children and later grandchildren the joy of gardening.
Dickie was a Hospice volunteer for ten years and a devoted caregiver to family and friends. She was well known for her no-nonsense and reliable approach to being a mother, mother-in-law, sister, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother. This approach was only matched by her compassion and strong love for her family and friends. Up until the last week of her life she was an active member of her church and book club.
She is survived by remaining sister, Mary Ruth (Beall) Kastl of Billings; her four children: Paul (Carla) Stockburger of Billings (Sarah, Joe, Allie), Tom Stockburger of Missoula (Keely, Kyle), Lee (Chuck) Vredenburg of Hayden, Idaho (Jenny, Andy, Danny, Mike), Betty (Glen) Cahill of Denver; five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on November 30 at Shiloh United Methodist Church followed by refreshments. Interment will be December 1 at 10:00 am at Rapelje Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1810 Shiloh Road, Billings, MT 59106 or Hospice Home-RiverStone Health, 123 South 27th Street, Billings, MT 59101.