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Isabelle "Jody" McInerney

June 7, 1931 May 6, 2019
Isabelle "Jody" McInerney
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Isabelle Joan “Jody” Folda McInerney passed away peacefully on May 6th after a five-month fight with brain cancer. May 6th was an important date as it was the 69th Anniversary of her marriage to Leo McInerney who passed away in 1975.

Jody was born at home in Lewistown, Montana on June 7th, 1931 to parents Joe and Edith (Danielson) Folda. She was joined later by siblings Patsy, Bill, and Sharon. Childhood years were spent around Lewistown until the family moved to Sunny Slope on the Fairfield Bench in 1940. Jody attended schools at Sunny Slope and Fairfield graduating in 1949. After graduation from high school, she met a local man, Leo McInerney, recently returned from the Navy in the Pacific Theatre. She admired Leo for his devotion to his faith, family, his sense of humor, and his kindness to her. They fell in love and were married on May 6th, 1950 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fairfield. Their marriage was blessed by six children. Jody was a mother, homemaker and excellent cook and gardener.

As her kids grew older, and after Leo’s death, she worked as a teacher’s aide and secretary in the Fairfield Schools. In 1982 she bought the flower shop and greenhouse in Fairfield. Jody loved to play cards, dance, travel, and spend winters in Arizona with family. She followed her children and grandchildren’s school activities and sporting events with unmatched enthusiasm and support.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leo in 1975, her parents, and her brother Bill. She is survived by her sisters, Patricia Larson and Sharon Beutler, her children Kathy (Gary) Olson, Mike (friend Barb Slunaker), Pat House, Tim (Kerry), Reenie, and Jack (Alice). Her grandchildren Jeff and Jim (Annie)Olson; Caitlin and Dani House; TJ (Shannon), Ryan and Courtney McInerney; Kyle Noon; Michael (Ethan) Vaughn, Kristy and Casey McInerney; great grandchildren, Ella and Trevor Olson, and Molly McInerney; and good friend Tom Velk.
Memorials are suggested to the Great Falls Rescue Mission, to a Veterans Organization of the donor’s choice, or Peace Hospice in Great Falls.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00 AM at St John’s Catholic Church in Fairfield. A Rosary will precede the Funeral at 10:00AM and Graveside Services will follow the Funeral. A luncheon will follow the Graveside Services at the St John’s Parish Center.


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Rosary

Saturday

11

May

10:00 AM 5/11/2019 10:00:00 AM
Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church

519 1st Avenue South
Fairfield, MT 59436

Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church
519 1st Avenue South Fairfield 59436 MT
United States

Memorial Service

Saturday

11

May

11:00 AM 5/11/2019 11:00:00 AM
Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church

519 1st Avenue South
Fairfield, MT 59436

Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church
519 1st Avenue South Fairfield 59436 MT
United States
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