Alice E. Grasby


Alice Elizabeth Kiel Grasby, 88, of Miles City died Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Holy Rosary Healthcare with her loving family by her side.

Mrs. Grasby was born at Beebe on July 6, 1925, to Joe F. and Edna Kiel, the fifth of 13 children. She grew up on a homestead at Powderville and worked for Hank Dykes as a cook for a haying crew. She also spent a great deal of time babysitting the younger kids. 

One night at a community dance, her sister Dorothy set her up with a good looking country boy from North Dakota, and history was written. She married Oscar Grasby, the love of her life and her hardworking partner, on Jan. 10, 1948, in Miles City. Not long after, they welcomed three children, Luella, Darlene and Melvin “OJ” Grasby. The Grasby family ranched on Dry Creek near Powderville until 1973, when they sold the ranch and moved to Miles City.

Some of Mrs. Grasby’s greatest joys began when her grandchildren arrived. Some of her greatest days were spent in the stands, rain or shine, watching her grandchildren’s sports and activities. Mrs. Grasby could often be found sitting at the kitchen table with a diet coke gazing out at her peonies that Mr. Grasby loved so much.

Her survivors include her younger sister, Virginia “Ginny” Frize; her three children, Luella Grasby, Darlene Sanderson and Melvin “OJ” Grasby; seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Jaret) Meidinger, Jarrod Grasby, Jorden Grasby, Jim (Tami) Sanderson, Jess (LaDonna) Sanderson, Jenna (Brandon) Janshen and Jase Sanderson; her seven great-grandchildren, McKinley, Julia, Brayden, Jasmyn, Karissa, Myra and Harper; and her nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Grasby was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar; her parents; 11 siblings; an infant daughter, LeeAndra; one son-in-law, Jim Sanderson; and one grandson, Jason.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 25, 2014, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Custer County Cemetery.

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