Arclista Jolanda Marick

Arclista Jolanda Marick, 86, known to friends and family as “Arcy,” passed away on Jan. 18, 2017 from natural causes at the Central Montana Medical Center in Lewistown, Montana. Arcy was 86 and had just settled into Eagle’s Manor in Lewistown, having moved from Highgate Senior Living in Billings. 

Arcy was the youngest of eight children born to Gustav and Ansoph Skurdal, She grew up and attended schools in Belmont and Lavina, Montana. In 1949, she married David W. Lewis who ranched with his father near Lavina. They lived there until 1952, when Dave and his brother Bill bought a ranch in the Blakeslee area north of Grass Range. There they had three boys: Marcus, Leslie, and Russell. Summers were spent in the Snowy Mountains where the Lewis cattle grazed. The fall and spring trail drives with the “camp wagon” were famous, drawing in young cow hands. Of course, it was up to the women to cook the meals and ferry them up to the crew.

In 1967, the family moved into the two-story house on the highway, which seemed like a mansion.  Imagine one bedroom each, and an indoor bathroom. The couple divorced in 1973. Arclista moved to Billings, where she met and married Don Marrick in 1976. Don worked for Frontier Airlines, and his work took him to Colorado for several years. Eventually they returned to their house in Billings, the site of many Lewis holiday gatherings.

Arcy and Don enjoyed entertaining and playing cards. They even tried their hand at running a deli and selling candy. Don was an avid fisherman with a boat and camper that took them on many expeditions. Once, two of her daughters-in-law took advantage of a Frontier Airfare deal and loaded up Mark and Russ’s four kids for a trip to Disneyland. During a stopover in Colorado, they conned Arcy into coming along. She was kept busy minding the luggage between stand-by flights, chasing young boys, and heroically riding the really scary rides. Her grandkids will always remember the fun she generated, her generosity, and her slight tendency to cheat at cards. She was known for her beautiful felt and sequin Christmas stockings and tree skirts, one for each family and grandchild.

After Don passed away in 2005, Arcy was left with a house that felt too big for her. She sold it eventually, and moved to Highgate, where she enjoyed the company, the amenities, and her mochas. Arclista is survived by her sons, Mark (Terry), Leslie, and Rus (Julie). She leaves behind seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. You will be missed, Grandma Arcy!

At Arcy’s request, cremation has taken place and there will not be a service.  Arrangements were under the care of Creel Funeral Home.  Her family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com.

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