Mary ‘Missy’ Peters

Mary “Missy” Peters (Tassell), age 65, of Helena passed away peacefully on July 26, 2016 surrounded by family and friends. 

Mary was born Sept. 6, 1950 in Juneau, Alaska, to Harry Tassell and Lowanta Deland. She graduated from Ballard High School in Seattle, Wash. in 1968.

Mary worked for the U.S. Coast Guard as a procurement clerk and store manager. She went to work for the Montana Roberts Tramway where she met the love of her life, Richard “Ike” Jones in 2000. 

Mary’s hobbies included genealogy, investigation and forensic research, artistry, reading and sightseeing. 

Mary is survived by her four children: Elizabeth (Tony) Smith of Kansas City, Mo., Thomas (Teddy) Mooney of Juneau, Alaska, Elvis (Lisa) Johnson of Helena and Heath Johnson also of Helena; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her son Blase Scranton of Portland, Ore., and her husband Rick Jones, of Big Sandy, Mont.

Mary’s last request was to thank all her friends for the continuous support during her battle with cancer. She will be missed by many. 

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday Aug. 10 at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery, 3550 Hero’s Rd., Fort Harrison. Donations and cards may be sent to Elvis Johnson, 543 Guettler Rd., Helena, MT 59602. Please visit to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Mary. 



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