Valerie (Val) Joyce Madill-Child of the Piegan Clan, given name “Speaks with Holy Words” was born on March 22,1983 in Billings, MT to Betty Morrison and Alex Madill. Val passed away on April 4, 2021 in peace fulfilled with love from her family and friends after a thirteen-month courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer.
Val graduated from Hardin High School in 2001 and enlisted in the US Navy immediately following. She was stationed at 32nd Street Naval Station in San Diego and MALS 24 Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and Honorably discharged in March 2006. Until recent Val worked at the Office of Public Assistance as a Client Service Coordinator.
Val will always be remembered for her beauty, strength and compassion. Val wanted nothing more in life than to be a great mother. She cherished every second she could with her kids, regardless of how she was feeling and this showed true during her courageous battle with cancer. Val enjoyed time with family and friends and made the best of her time around chemo treatments. She loved to spend time at Flathead Lake and floating the river. She enjoyed planning parties and getting the people she cared about together. She was always the life of the party and loved to look her best. She also enjoyed running races, attending paint parties, crafting, bowling and singing Karaoke. She enjoyed music in every form, from jamming to Salt-n-Pepa, attending concerts and the annual Folk Festival and listening to endless hours of Reggae. She was always considerate of others and truly had a heart of gold.
She was proceeded in death by her grandparents Tom and Suzie Morrison, Irene House and Alic Madill, May House, Franklin House, Maxine Huerta, Nephew Uttekaat Birdinground, Uncles Tony Huerta and Aaron Horse.
Valerie leaves behind many loved ones including friends and family members. Valerie is survived by her children Mia Jefferson, Julian and Serenity Madill-Dick and husband Arthur J Dick Jr.; parents Betty Morrison and Roger Huerta of Butte and Alex and Ethel Madill of Lodge Grass; siblings; Jesse (Lorna) Madill of Hardin, Alex (Gina) Reed of North Dakota, Thomas (Drew Ann) Madill of Polson, Jordell Not Afraid and Jeremy and Jazmin Madill of Lodge Grass, Hilirii Jackson (Jace Jaap), April Huerta (Brody Shields) and Tiffany (Lance) Oswald of Butte; grandmothers Carrie Braine of Hardin and Susan Birdinground of Lodge Grass and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews.
Valerie is also survived by her adopted families; Parents-Val and Lloyd Hogan and siblings Lloyd III, Cody, Elvis and Elvina, Keenan, Garrick, Mary Ann, Faye and Priscilla Hogan. Parents- Lance and Neta Sigsmond and siblings Winter, Quinn, Samantha, and Matthew Sigmond, as well as her Crow families; Morrison, Anderson, House, Rogers, Madill, Pretty on Top, Tobacco Horse, White Fox, Takes Horse, Birdinground, Old Elk, Wallace, Medicine Horse, Yarlotte, Hogan, Horse and Aldens.
Val’s family and friends would like to provide our heartfelt thanks to Frontier Home Hospice, especially Stephanie for her care and compassion, Dr Cole and his staff at Big Sky Diagnostic, the staff St. James Cancer Center, Axelson Funeral Home, and the owners and staff of the Best Western Plus.
Viewing will be held from 1 to 2 pm on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at the Copper King Convention Center in the Ballroom, 4655 Harrison Ave, Butte, MT 59701. A Celebration of Life will begin at 2 pm following the viewing. Guests are encouraged to wear burgundy and black in honor of Val.
Memorials in honor of Val are suggested to her family to offset final expenses. Memorials may be mailed to the Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services, 2009 Harrison Ave, Butte, MT 59701 and will be forwarded to the family.
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Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Val and her family.