OBITUARY

Rosalie Ann Wathen

May 16, 1948October 8, 2020
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Rosalie Ann (Miller) Wathen, 72, of Billings, MT returned to the house of the Lord on October 8, 2020. Rosie was born on May 16, 1948 in Crosby, ND to Helen A. (Timoskevich) and Andrew G. Miller. She graduated from high school in Crosby and graduated Dickenson State University (1970).

She married the love of her life, John Raymond Wathen of Prescott, AZ on June 6, 1970 in Crosby, ND. They met in Las Vegas at her brother Dan’s house during a party. Thinking that she and John would never meet again, they talked about everything under the sun that night. They went on one date and they knew they were destined to be together.

They lived in Las Vegas, NV and were blessed with Andrea (1971) and Amy (1972). In 1975, they moved to Billings, MT, where they were blessed with Rosanna (1975), Daniel (1979) and David (1980). They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a simple serenade.

If you ever met Rosie, you knew Rosie. She loved to travel and had just renewed her passport, and to get out of Montana, you often have to stop over in Salt Lake City. This time her passport was to heaven, but she apparently thought she needed to stop over in Salt Lake City. One of her many blessings was meeting Pope St. John Paul II in person. She also loved to travel with her grandchildren all over the world.

They say food brings family together, and she loved to cook. Her parents often fired her from the family café (Andy’s Café) because she talked too much with the customers. She mastered the art of making friends. She was known to send homemade frozen lasagnas with the grandkids through the airports so they could have a home cooked meal.

Rosie earned a Masters in Counseling from Eastern Montana University. Her focus turned to counseling the underserved. Rosie would later help prepare couples for marriage at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral in Billings, MT.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andy and Helen Miller and brothers William (1987), Daniel (2014), and Dr. Thomas (2018).

Rosie is survived by her husband, John Wathen, sisters Marion Lenneman, Jean (Bob) Masters, Valerie (Vince) Ames and brother Mark (Sallee) Miller, her children Andrea (Brady) Clements of Denver, CO, Amy, Rosanna, David (Nadia) Wathen of Henderson, NV, Father Daniel Wathen of Havre, MT, and her four grandchildren Kellen and Makayla Kinzel, and Sophie and Liam Clements.

A private funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Henderson, NV with internment at Palm Mortuary East. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic School in Havre, MT.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020

Memories

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(Ela) Nikeeta Singh

October 19, 2020

I ment Rosie last christmas from her beloved daughter Rosanna. We shared a table with her wonderful family and opened my heart to such a big warm greek family. Rosie was just so warm and felt so amazing, She cared in such beautiful ways as well as her family. I was received and opened in such great arms.

I will share one thing if felt Mother Mary's present throughout her and a connection of Mother Mary's without. I secretly thanked Rosie for opening her arms in such ways. I felt blessed to be with Rosanna and her family on such a beautiful day. Thank you Rosie and Rosanna.

I also want to mention that I feel Rosie's work here on earth is not done. She will continue to spread the word of the Lord and the light of christ through our humanity and with that she will bring such great service to all. Love you Rosie and Rosanna and family<3 Ela

Peter Daems

October 18, 2020

I remember Rosie very well, although it has been a very long time since I last saw her. I used to work with her daughter Rosanna on board the Holland America Line cruise ships. Because of that I had the opportunity to spend time with Rosie and John on a number of HAL cruises. What I remember of Rosie was her wonderful smile, her infectious laugh and her great sense of humor. It was always great fun to have her on board! My deepest sympathy to Rosanna, her dad and the entire family. Rest In Peace Rosie.

Lucy Melugin

October 18, 2020

I met Rosie when Dan made his Cum Christo. She always had a smile and LOVED to talk. There were many times when John or Dan had to "pull" her away from a conversation to get to wherever they were headed. She was such a gentle soul who loved life and people. May God bring you peace with the many memories you have had with her. Lucy Melugin

Ellie Connelly

October 17, 2020

The JOY of knowing the Lord was so apparent in Rosie’s life. She always had a smile on her face and had a way of drawing you into her circle of love. She was unique in so many ways. Our hugs and prayers go out to all her family.

Pat and Ellie Connelly
Sun City, AZ

Sharon Karlson

October 16, 2020

I’ve never met Rosie but I knew her son Daniel was a priest. She was sitting beside me one morning at Mass, and I got up to do the first reading. After Mass she said to me..’ are you from North Dakota, cuz you walk like it’? Haha.. I laughed so hard I will never forget her, and yes.. I am from North Dakota. Rest In Peace sweet lady

Cheryl Ikeda

October 15, 2020

I am so sorry to learn of Rosie's passing. She will be remembered as a faith-full, gracious, kind and loving friend. I will remember her open, friendly ways every time I would see her. God's blessings of comfort and peace to all of you during this sorrowful time. You are in my prayers.

Annie Stinson

October 15, 2020

Dear Rosie, how we will miss seeing you each day on our walks. Your contagious laugh and smile made this neighborhood so special. Our condolences to John and your family. You were a lovely gift and we will miss you. Steve and Annie Stinson

Brenda Estill

October 14, 2020

Thank you Rosie for being such a faith-filled follower of Christ! You were a living example of a true servant and I am so grateful and blessed to have known you! My family extends our deepest sympathy to John and the entire family!

Faith Olson

October 14, 2020

I was blessed to share a birthday with this wonderful person! I wish her many wonderful days in Heaven as she will be as beautiful there as she was here!

Mary Beth Krogh

October 14, 2020

Wathen Family,

Harlan and I were blessed to have John and Rosie as our marriage sponsors 24 years ago. John and Rosie made our time together meaningful, fun, and we built a bond of love and respect for them instantly. Praying for peace during this difficult time. Rosie is truly an extra special person. Love, Harlan and Mary Beth Krogh

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Biography

Rosalie Ann (Miller) Wathen, 72, of Billings, MT returned to the house of the Lord on October 8, 2020. Rosie was born on May 16, 1948 in Crosby, ND to Helen A. (Timoskevich) and Andrew G. Miller. She graduated from high school in Crosby and graduated Dickenson State University (1970).

She married the love of her life, John Raymond Wathen of Prescott, AZ on June 6, 1970 in Crosby, ND. They met in Las Vegas at her brother Dan’s house during a party. Thinking that she and John would never meet again, they talked about everything under the sun that night. They went on one date and they knew they were destined to be together.

They lived in Las Vegas, NV and were blessed with Andrea (1971) and Amy (1972). In 1975, they moved to Billings, MT, where they were blessed with Rosanna (1975), Daniel (1979) and David (1980). They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a simple serenade.

If you ever met Rosie, you knew Rosie. She loved to travel and had just renewed her passport, and to get out of Montana, you often have to stop over in Salt Lake City. This time her passport was to heaven, but she apparently thought she needed to stop over in Salt Lake City. One of her many blessings was meeting Pope St. John Paul II in person. She also loved to travel with her grandchildren all over the world.

They say food brings family together, and she loved to cook. Her parents often fired her from the family café (Andy’s Café) because she talked too much with the customers. She mastered the art of making friends. She was known to send homemade frozen lasagnas with the grandkids through the airports so they could have a home cooked meal.

Rosie earned a Masters in Counseling from Eastern Montana University. Her focus turned to counseling the underserved. Rosie would later help prepare couples for marriage at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral in Billings, MT.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andy and Helen Miller and brothers William (1987), Daniel (2014), and Dr. Thomas (2018).

Rosie is survived by her husband, John Wathen, sisters Marion Lenneman, Jean (Bob) Masters, Valerie (Vince) Ames and brother Mark (Sallee) Miller, her children Andrea (Brady) Clements of Denver, CO, Amy, Rosanna, David (Nadia) Wathen of Henderson, NV, Father Daniel Wathen of Havre, MT, and her four grandchildren Kellen and Makayla Kinzel, and Sophie and Liam Clements.

A private funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Henderson, NV with internment at Palm Mortuary East. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic School in Havre, MT.

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