Frances Reisdorph, 79

Thursday, August 8, 2019
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Frances Reisdorph

Frances Kay Cherry Watson Reisdorph was born in Springfield, CO on October 10, 1939 to Melvin and Gladys Cherry. Frances was the youngest of eight children. She went home to her Lord and Savior on August 4, 2019.

Frances lived in Springfield, CO until she was 12. Her family then moved to Lewistown, MT. After that her family then moved to Great Falls, MT and then to Billings, MT. When she lived in Lewistown, she met Cyrus Gilbert (Bud) Watson, whom she then married in 1954 in Billings, MT., while he was home on leave from the Air Force. To this union Bud and Frances had five children.

Frances lived in Lake Charles, LA for 3 years, then Goldsboro, NC for 3 years, then Puerto Rico for 3 years, and then in California. Frances moved to Laurel, MT with the children in 1966 where she worked at the Owl Café as a waitress. Her divorce was final from Bud in 1967.

While working at the Owl Café she met Ronald Reisdorph, the love of her life. They were married by the Justice of the Peace on May 24, 1967 and were married for 47 years. Ron worked in road construction and so they traveled all over Montana; Laurel, Forsyth, Dillon, Billings, and finally settled in Forsyth in 1972 when Ron went to work at one of the mines in Colstrip.

Frances worked at several places in Forsyth; Howdy Hotel cleaning rooms, Buff’s Bar (when they had the kitchen in the back), managed the C-Club, worked at the Blue Spruce Café as a cook, the V-store Trading Post, and finally worked in the cafeteria for the Forsyth Schools. She took early retirement due to health reasons in September 2001.

Frances loved to sew, cook, and bake. She also tried crocheting, tatting, knitting, painting, and various other craft projects, gardening, reading, and doing crossword puzzles, along with find a word puzzles.

She was a member of the Wesleyan Church where she helped Ron (who was the treasurer) do the books and later she was the treasurer. She was always willing to help with whatever needed done.

Frances was preceded in death by her dad, Melvin, and then her mother, Gladys; two sisters, Geraldine Miltonberger and Sylvia Clauson. Frances’s husband, Ron passed away in 2013 and a grandson, Benjamin Capehart in 2014.

Frances left behind five siblings, Raymond Cherry of Laurel, MT, Edith (Bill) Meguire of CO, Betty Georges of AZ, Merle (Marianne) Cherry of Laurel, MT, and Donald Cherry of SD. She also leaves her five children, Judith (Larry Hobbs) Ott of Billings, MT, Kippy (Pam) Watson of Forsyth, MT, Karen (Dave) Von Rohr of Billings, MT, Gladys (Ed) Quinlan of Miles City, and Virginia (Greg Wilkinson) Syring of Billings, MT. She also left behind 24 grandkids, 37 great-grand kids, and 2 great-great grandkids whom all will miss her very much.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth at 11:00 AM. Stevenson and Sons have been entrusted with the arrangements. To leave condolences for the family, visit our website at