Darleen Stone

Darleen Stone, age 77, of Miles City, MT passed away at her home on Friday, December 30, 2016. She had struggled with cardiovascular disease, which increasingly became worse.

Darleen A’Dell Hayden was born on April 13, 1939 in La Grande, Oregon. Darleen and her younger sister were adopted by John Kerr in 1947 and enjoyed ranch life at the Kerr Ranch on the Big Dry at Van Norman. She spent her summers out on the range in a sheep wagon with her dog and horse herding the sheep.

In 1957, Darleen graduated from Garfield County High School and then attended nursing school in Aberdeen, SD in the fall of 1957. She married Gary Stone on April 11, 1959 in Miles City, MT by Father Monseigneur Hennessey. They moved to Missoula, MT where their first son, Gary Lee, was born. Shortly thereafter, they moved back to the Kerr Ranch in Van Norman. Darleen was blessed with three more children during her time on the Ranch.

In 1974 the Ranch was sold and the family moved to Kinsey, MT. In 1985 Darleen and her family moved into Miles City to the Dent Addition. She enjoyed a trip to Europe in 1987, visiting the British Isles. After her kids were raised, she was employed by Miles City Pack and later by Eagles Manor. In 2002, her husband, Gary, passed away. She was an active volunteer for Custer County Soup Kitchen and animal welfare. 

In January 16, 2007 she married Wilbur Morton in Miles City, MT. They enjoyed gardening and dancing together. Darleen enjoyed many hobbies like photography, candle making, listening to music, yoga, and exercising at Curves. She especially loved dancing and fiddle music.

Darleen is survived by Gary (Lea) Stone, Jr., Regger (Rick) Louie, Amber (Tom) Millay, and Brady (Jodi) Stone. Her surviving grandkids are Quentin (Danelle) Stone, Jackie (Justin) Dighans, Marcy (Jeremy) Stradley, Nicholas Louie, Emily Louie, Sarah Louie, Sydney Hodgson, Garrett Hodgson, Erica Millay, J.T. Millay, Abigail Stone, and Maggie Stone and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and good friend Dick Moore. She is preceded in death by Gary Lee Stone, John Alexander Kerr, Rilla Barker Malchoff, Laurie (Brian) Kolka, and Wilbur Morton, and Elmer Malchoff., and Paul Hayden.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Custer County Soup Kitchen.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Custer County Cemetery.  A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 12:00 noon at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Miles City. 

Condolences to the family may be sent by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.