1953 – 2013
After a long struggle with cancer, on December 31, 2013 (New Years Eve), Addie Beth Stiles crossed over tao greener pastures. She is survived by her daughters Ashlee (Jason) Ganoung, their two children Jesse and Elle; daughter Amber Rose Mason (Andy Peterson); and Addie’s soul mate and the love of her life, fiance Jim Anderson.
Addie was born August 11, 1953 in Ennis, Montana, to Mary Carey Stiles and Lester E. Stiles, of Virginia City. She spent her life in Virginia City and Nevada City, Montana, before moving to the Andersons’ Ruby Dell Ranch, near Alder, in 2003. Life with the extended Anderson Clan at the Ruby Dell were happy days for Addie, full of everything she loved; horseback riding, roundup, branding, bottle feeding calves, walking cross country, picking apples and anything that involved her daughters and grand kids (Jesse and Elle). Addie’s self-titled ranch job was “master meadow muffin masher.”
From pioneer root stock, Addie was born a horsewoman. She also embraced the pioneer ethic, helping anyone in need and accepting help in return. Her bright smile, quick laugh and kindness earned her a wide circle of friends from all walks of life.
The youngest sibling by 13 years, Addie was preceded in death by her sister Barbara Stiles Brook Giddis, as well as her parents. Addie is survived by sister Lois Stiles Yenny, brother Matthew (Bonnie) Stiles, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
A Stiles’ family friend and Ennis native, Vicky Stroud, helped care for Addie during Addie’s last earthly months. Addie died at the Ruby Dell Ranch, with Jim, Ashlee, Amber, and Vicky, at her side.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 11, at the Elk’s Lodge, Virginia City, Montana, at 4 p.m.
With a passion for historic horse activities, including sidesaddle and stage driving (learned from her father), the family suggests memorials to The National Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Association (PO Box 281, Virginia City, MT 59755). Addie also had a passion (some would call it an obsession) to eradicate knap weed (Madison County Weed Board, Virginia City, MT). Memorials in Addie’s name to either organization are appreciated.