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MALTA-Jessie M. Crowder, 25, a cook and desk clerk, died February 24, in an automobile accident at Malta.

    The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. on Friday, March 3, at the Kirkwood Funeral Home with sharing of Jessie stories around 5:00. Memorial services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Interment of her cremated remains will be at a later date in the Malta Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at

    Jessie Marie Crowder was born on October 10, 1991 at the Northern Montana Hospital in Havre, Mt. to Joe Crowder and Lori LaTray. She attended school in Havre and Billings.

    At the time of her death, she had lived in Malta since March of 2016 and was an employee of the Great Northern Hotel. Jess’re, as Gramma Sharon nicknamed her, had a heart of gold and enjoyed being around her cousins on both sides of the family.

    Her artistic talent knew no bounds. She followed in her Grampa Jaynes’ footsteps, she could make anything from clay, draw unlimited feature pictures, characters, and of course, the doodling. Her nickname could have been “jokester” as she was an expert at hiding co-workers items and saying, “now try and find it” as walking from the room. Her free spirit and having a mind of her own were a trademark.

    Jessie was preceded in death by great-grandparents Norman and Billie Jaynes, grandmother Jean LaTray and Steve Doney; cousin Tracy Smith and Morgan Cochran. Her beloved aunt Dovey and Ron Smith.

    She is survived by her father Joe Crowder (Eunice), Malta, and mother Lori LaTray of Billings, Kendall, Jaret and Lainie of the family home. Siblings Kyle LaTray, (Akasha) and family, Jasmine, (Allen Young) and family of Malta; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; Grandparents Sharon (Floyd) Kindle of Malta, Ben Crowder (Dorene) of Lewistown and Carol Doney of Harlem.

Guest Book

From: Jami Clark

I am so sorry for your loss . My daughter, Shaye Steinbauer, went to school with Jessie at Boulder Elem.. I worked at the school and volunteered and got to know know Jessie. I absolutely loved her. I can picture her cute little face and the smile she always had and her giggle. She became my favorite at the school and my favorite of my daughter's friends. Last time I saw her was at McDonalds and there was that smile. We all lost something when we lost Jessie. The world needed more like her and that smile. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

From: shep n julie gilmore

we are so sorry for the loss of shorty, prayers to all of you

From: darrly. and reva. Vance

So sorry for your loss. our thoughts and prayers are with you!

From: Darcy Crowder - Street

Hugs and Prayers to each of you! I have no words, just a lot of love. This Crowder family has always been a large part of my life, I love you all!
I am so sorry for your loss of this beautiful young lady.

From: Ken & Lana Ulrich

Please accept our sympathy for the loss of Jessie.

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