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 MALTA - Joelyn Rae Slade, 63, passed away, July 7, 2017, at Billings Clinic after complications due to lung cancer.

    Memorial funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M., Friday July 14th, at the Malta Lutheran Church, with burial to follow at the Malta Cemetery. There will be a no host family/friend gathering Thursday July 13th at 7:00 P.M., at the Tin Cup, in Malta to celebrate Joelyn’s life. Arrangements have been made with Kirkwood Funeral Home of Malta and condolences may be left for the family at

    Joelyn was born on July 5, 1954 in Malta, to Earl and Shirley (Tyler) Legg. Our mother was raised in Malta, MT, helping on the Tyler farm, growing up with cousins and three siblings, Robert Legg of Alberta, Canada, Tracie Legg of Helena, and Pam Beasley of Juneau, Alaska. She graduated from Malta High School in 1972.

    On January 13, 1973, Joelyn, married Dale Slade of Malta at the Lutheran Church. Together they raised four children: Drew, Darci, DJ, and Chase. She spent her younger years working at the Good Samaritan Home as a Social Worker/CNA, as well as owned JR’s Clothing Store downtown Malta. Her most important job, however, was organizing, and taking care of her children, which she enjoyed the most.

    Our mother was an animal lover, with her current passion being for her three Papillon dogs. She was never able to tell us “no” when it came to any animal in need of a good home. She loved her grandchildren, spending most of her free time running up and down the road watching their activities, and being an active part of their lives. She loved reading a good book and enjoyed monthly dinner for eight parties with friends. Joelyn also loved hunting for exotic rocks, we all have a story of climbing on, in, or up, something we shouldn’t have, so the rock could come home and be placed in the yard. Her love for rocks has been successfully passed on to several of her grandchildren. She has been an active member at the Malta Lutheran Church, serving on the Church Council Board.

    Joelyn is survived by her husband of 44 years, Dale Slade of Malta; son, Drew (Season) Slade of Malta, daughter Darci (BG) Ammen of Turner, son, DJ (Misty) Slade of Billings, son Chase Slade of Billings, and mother, Shirley (Tyler) Legg of Malta, as well as her grandchildren: Gavin, Kimber, Ryan, Ali, Rhett, Jaylin, Evni, and many other relatives and close friends.

    She was preceded in death by her grandparents James and Thelma Tyler, and father Earl Legg, all of Malta.

Guest Book

From: Teresa Jones

I was sorry to hear of Joelynn's passing. Seems like I was just visiting with her at Jeff Jurgen's in Glasgow. We had many fun times growing up and I know she will be missed by her family. I'm sorry I can't be there on Friday but am headed to Minnesota on Thursday for my uncle's funeral.

From: Sharon Kindle

My heart breaks for the family; actually, such a short life Joeyln had. She will be missed and remembered by so many people

From: Jim & Mary Brady

Our hearts and prayers go out to Joelyn and her family. Such a bubbly and lovely lady! She will be missed by so many people as she touched so many lives. Our prayers for all!

Frpm: Gary and Julie Howell

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this very difficult time, and hoping that time will ease the pain.

From: Karen Halvorson

Thoughts and prayers are with the Slade and Legg families. Karen

From: Larry and Susan Matthews

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Slade family at this time. Joelyn was always friendly and very outgoing. God bless her and all her family.

From: Cindy (McDonald) Simonson

Sorry and deepest sympathy to all the families. I remember her for her spunk and fun loving personality. I am sure that she will be greatly missed 😔

From: Kim and Dana Fjeld

Just read the news in the gazette sooo shocked. At one point we were almost family- right Dale? Too short a life I already lost a good friend last year the same age. Joelyn will be missed and you have our sincere sympathy. Call if you need a shoulder.

From: Karen Hould

I was so sad & surprised to hear of Joelyn's passing. My thoughts & prayers are with the family.

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