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MALTA-Eva Maye Oxarart, age 82, died April 10, 2017 at the Phillips County Hospital of natural causes, surrounded by her loving family.

    A visitation for family and friends will be held at 6:00 PM on Thursday, April 13 at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be 3:30 PM Friday, April 14 at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow the service at the Malta Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at

    Eva was born to Sherman and Maye (Koss) Grimsley on December 20, 1934 at the family homestead 36 miles south of Malta, Montana. Eva married the love of her life, Sonny Oxarart on June 7, 1952, nine days after graduating from Malta High School. They made their home and ranched in the Content area southeast of Malta, moving to the Hockert Place on Tallow Creek in 1980. She continued to reside there until making her home at the Hi-line Retirement Center in 2013.

    Eva always had a sense of fun and was known for many escapades in her younger years. Along with her duties as a ranch wife, she was involved in CowBelles and served as secretary for the Beaver Creek Roping Club and the Belknap Rodeo Association for many years.

    A master gardener, Eva also enjoyed sewing, dancing and most of all, her grandkids and great grandchildren. She was once told, “You’re the oldest one of us kids.” by her grandson Dennis and was called “Grandma” by many other than her own. Her coffee pot was always on and you could count on a chocolate chip cookie to go with it.

    Eva was preceded in death by husband, Sonny Oxarart in 1996 and parents, Sherman and Maye Grimsley.
She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Bim & Suzie Oxarart and Greg & Jenny Oxarart; sisters Faye Seel and Lillian Boos, all of Malta; brother David (Dolly) Grimsley of Missoula; grandchildren Dennis (DoDee) Oxarart, Aaron (Becky) Oxarart, Alisha “Bear” (Pat) Gibbs, April (Travis) Gronley, Nick (Shannon) Oxarart, Cody (Mary) Oxarart; and 19 great grandchildren.

Guest Book

From: Mike @ Nancy

Eva was one of the reasons why South Phillips County is a special place to live. Her generation set the bar high on what and how a good neighbor should be and act like. Her family continues to be just that, good neighbors and great friends. Loved the lady and always will. May God's perpetual light shine on Eva and His Peace be with Bim and Greg and their families.

From: Thelma (Kelsey) Seyfert

My condolences to the family. May God comfort you at your hour of need.

From: Jason, Nyoka, Libby, & Paige Twitchell

I had to giggle to myself when I seen the mention of her chocolate chip cookies, of course everyone knows she made the best chocolate chip cookies. I am saddened on the passing of such a great lady, I feel so blessed to have her babysit me when I was growing up. Prayers to her family during this difficult time.

From: Brenda Nessland

So sorry to hear of your loss. I can not think of Eva without getting a smile on my face, she always had a smile and words of encouragement. She will most certainly be missed by all. I know the last few years have been a true test for all of you, now she can rest in peace just the way you would want to remember her and with all of your other loved ones. You were so lucky to have her as long as you did.

From: Willie and Cheri Doll

Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

From: Garry, Beth & Emma Casebolt

So very sorry to hear of Eva's passing. She was an extraordinary woman!

From: Jill Kluck Helmuth & family

I have such fond memories of Eva. She was a great lady.

From: Bill and Patti Webb

Eva was my other mother. She was always there for encouraging words and sound advice., not to mention a good prank. The many memories I have with Eva are stored near and dear to my heart. Precious time was spent playing cards , cooking and sewing with Eva in my young days. We will all dearly miss her but I am so happy she's back with Sonny where she longed to be. My vision of her reunion with all who have gone before makes it easier to deal with the sadness of losing Eva. God Bless the family. Thanks for sharing such a precious lady. Prayers to you all . Love Bill and Patti

From: Roger and Myrna Green

So sorry to hear of your loss. She was a great gal. Wore her jeans with pride.

From: Nancy Ruud-Cole

My Heartfelt Condolences to all of Eva's family. I have a very clear memory of her wonderful friendly smile always! May God Richly Bless all of you with your special memories of her!

From: Tanja Fransen

I can't tell you how much we appreciated Eva! She was the cooperative weather observer at Content since 1979, keeping a legacy going that started in 1939!

I had so many phone calls with her over the years about the weather. I recall her telling me about the post-Christmas storm in 2003. "We had 30 inches of snow I think. It was hard to measure because of all the drifting, but I did my best to get an average." Drifting? It was a true blizzard with winds of 35-45 mph and gusts to nearly 60 mph. And the liquid water equivalent was 6.5" (half of your annual precipitation total for a year!) She would've been about 70 years old out there trudging through that blizzard trying to get us snowfall data. Her data showed a record event, which helped provide the information needed for a FEMA disaster declaration that winter. (Previous 24 hour snowfall total record was 8" in 1975 and 1969, she had 30" in two days!!).

Another event years later with some heavy rainfall had me chatting with her. I don't remember how much rain it was, but it was impressive enough for me to ask, "Is everything ok for you down there, can you get out?" Her response was along the lines of, "It's no big deal. But the county culvert at the end of the road is washed out." I chuckled, and asked her, "Do you need anything?" and her reply was, "No, I'm good." I ended up calling dispatch and letting them know, and the dispatcher who was related to her laughs and says, "That's Eva. We'll send a road crew down to check it out."

She is what you think of when you think of an independent Montana woman. She had grit, and humor and we will certainly miss her at the National Weather Service office!

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