Virginia Raye Decker Kiltie


Virginia Raye Decker “Ginger” Kiltie, 71, of Miles City died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, in the Holy Rosary Extended Care in Miles City.

Mrs. Kiltie was born in Ronan on Aug. 14, 1942, the daughter of Henry Christopher and Flora Belle Pierce Decker. She grew up and attended schools in Ronan through the eighth grade. She attended her freshman year in Baker and then her sophomore through senior years at Miles City where she graduated from Custer County High School in 1960. She then enrolled in junior college for a time.

She married Alec Theodore “Ted” Kiltie on Nov. 21, 1962, at the First Presbyterian Church in Miles City. They remained in Miles City where they made their home since. To this union, two children were born, Kirk and Sandra.

Mrs. Kiltie worked many different jobs growing up from feeding chickens and gathering eggs to babysitting and waitressing during her school years. Following her marriage she worked in the laundry at the “Country Farms.” She then went to work for Buttrey’s Super Store in the plaza and worked there for 33 years holding various titles from clerk to department manager.

She enjoyed photography or snap-shot photos, “Ginger Snaps” as she called them. Mrs. Kiltie loved gardening, bird watching, embroidering, stained glass and ceramics. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren grow.

Her survivors include her husband: Ted Kiltie of Miles City; a daughter: Sandra Lynn (Art) Peaslee Jr.; four grandchildren:  Desta Lynn Fix, Khristofer Alex Crandall, Shane Alec (Jenny) Kiltie and Keith Hunter Losing; her great-grandchildren: Lillian, Connor (Desta) and Ryker, Kieran and Luther “Alec” (Shane); a brother: Calvin (Cindy) Decker; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her son: Kirk in 2006; a son-in-law: Keith Losing in 1994; and a nephew: Rocky Decker.

Family will receive friends on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Burial will be in the Custer County Cemetery.

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