Funeral services for Charlotte R. Pigg, 92, of Sidney, Mont., were held 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at Bible Baptist Church with Pastor Michael Backhaus officiating. Musical selections were provided by: Mavirda Lepel (pianist), Ruth Pust (organist), Stephanie Berg Tossoun and Jeff and Karen Sutton.
Castketbearers were Brent Fladmo, Bryan Pigg, John Nelson Wood, Mark Rudie, Dr. Edward Bergin, Benji Berg, Rami Tossoun and David Engstrom. Honorary casketbearers were all of Charlotte’s family and friends. Ushers were Richard Will and Gale Pust. Interment was in the Sidney Cemetery under the direction of the Fulkerson Funeral Home. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, St. Jude’s Hospital or the Bible Baptist Church building fund.
Charlotte Ruth (Ragan) Pigg was born Jan. 15, 1921, in Christopher, to parents, Charlie and Ruth (Laney) Ragan. Charlotte, the youngest of four siblings, grew up in Woodlawn, graduating from Ashley High School in Ashley.
As a young teen, Charlotte accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal savior and was baptized at Woodlawn Baptist Church, Woodlawn. She enjoyed singing in trios at church and for the church radio broadcast. She also enjoyed playing the piano and organ for personal enjoyment.
Charlotte was united in marriage to Harmon Russell Pigg on Aug. 3, 1940, at Logan Street Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon. They spent the first years of married life in Woodlawn. To this union two children were born: John Verner in Woodlawn, and Judith Kaye in Centralia.
In 1951, the family moved to Sidney, Mont., where Harmon worked as an Independent Petroleum Landman. Charlotte was a very kind, gentle lady who loved her family very much and filled our home with love and joy. Her house was the place everyone gathered for Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas. She was a great cook and passed on many recipes to us. Many times Harmon would bring an unannounced guest home for supper and mom was able to put a great meal on the table even after just getting home from work herself. She will be greatly missed by all of us!
Charlotte was employed at John Stockhill Jewelers, then as a Weigh Mistress at the Peche Scale House. She retired after 20 years at the Montana Employment Service.
After Charlotte joined the Sidney Country Club, she developed a passion for golf. Once retired from her secretarial job at the Employment Service, she tried to play daily and was an active member of the Sidney Ladies Association. Throughout the calendar year, the ladies ran the kitchen, catering holiday parties, community meetings and golf events to raise funds for club purchases.
When Harmon retired, they began to spend the winter months in Arizona to enjoy warmer weather in winter and golf year round. During this time, Charlotte did some on-course scoring for PGA events, walking with the players. She was quick and accurate with her numbers and enjoyed this little task.
Thirty-five years ago, when the API started holding an annual golf event at the Sidney Country Club, Harmon played and Charlotte scored for the players. During API week, you would find Charlotte in the club’s kitchen steaming shrimp then working the registration table and on to the scoring table.
She took her game on the road to several Montana State Amateur Championship events and invitational tournaments in Montana and North Dakota, either winning or placing in just about all of them. She played into her late 80s. In 1998, Charlotte was the inaugural recipient of the Sidney Country Club Ladies Hall of Fame for her accomplishments and dedication to the game, the association and the club.
Since September of 1985, Charlotte has been a member of Bible Baptist Church of Sidney, Mont., attending the morning service regularly as often as she was able.
On Dec. 17, 2013, with her family at her side, Charlotte went home to be with the Lord.
Charlotte is survived by her two children, son, John V. (Anita) Pigg, Sidney, Mont. and daughter, Judith K. Fladmo, Sidney, Mont.; grandchildren, Brenda M. (Brian) Sturgis, Sidney, Mont., Brent Fladmo, Las Vegas and Bryan R. Pigg, Billings, Mont.; three great-grandchildren, Brianne Sturgis (Mark Rudie), Sidney, Mont., Brittney Sturgis (Chris Anderson), Bismarck, N.D. and Baillie Sturgis (Halen Crosby), Glendive, Mont.; three great-great-grandchildren, Aiden and Jayce Rudie and Taylor Anderson; one sister, Dorothy Williams, Woodlawn; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband, Harmon R. Pigg; brother, Charles Allen Ragan; sister, Emma Delores Ragan; parents, Charlie and Ruth Ragan; sister-in-law, Velma R. Wood; and brother-in-law, Charles P. Wood.