Gladys Theo 'Jody' Opheim

May 6, 2014 Staff

Gladys Theo "Jody" Opheim died Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton. She was 84 years old.

Cremation has taken place, and memorial services will be at a later date with inurnment of the ashes taking place with her husband at Lawndale Cemetery in Opheim, Mont.

Gladys Theo Opheim was born June 26, 1929, in Helena, Mont., the daughter of James Paul Martin and Lorna Belle Hallock.

She attended grades 1-2 in Norris, Mont., grades 3-6 in Great Falls, Mont., grades 7-8 in Portland, Ore., grades 9-11 in Opheim, Mont., and grade 12 in St. Ignatius, Mont.

On Sept. 1, 1946, she married Rex O'Neal Opheim in Glasgow, Mont. They had four sons and one daughter.

She received her GED in 1979 and attended Salish Kootenai College in the 1980s, studying early child development.

She held many jobs throughout her life. She managed the ENCO club kitchen at the radar station in Opheim, Mont., and also was a head cook at the Glasgow, Mont., Air Force Base. She managed the Legion club kitchen in Billings, Mont., was a Head Start teacher and cook at St. Ignatius, Mont., and created "learning flannel graphs and stories" for Head Start.

She was a member of the Eastern Star in Opheim, Mont., the senior center in St. Ignatius, Mont., (quilter) and the Riverton senior center (housing) socializing and volunteering services.

She was a lifelong resident of Montana until she moved to Riverton in November 2010 to live near her daughter.

She was of the Lutheran faith and was a Sunday school teacher while raising her family.

Her family said she enjoyed quilting, painting pictures, sewing clothes for family and making quilts for seniors. Her family said she had a passion for serving people. She also enjoyed adventures such as snowmobiling, camping and hot air ballooning.

She is survived by her sons, Jerry and his wife Vicki Opheim of Billings, Mont., Jim Opheim of Glasgow, Mont., Mikel Opheim of Kalispell, Mont., and Berney Opheim of Missoula, Mont.; daughter Loni and her husband Terry Freese of Riverton; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex, and her parents.

Memorials may be made to Help for Health Hospice in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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