One of my after-the-kids-go-to-bed jobs is editing and doing the graphic design for a 10-page agricultural newsletter that is distributed in our region twice a month. Tonight's issue features six kids who lost their mom last fall. They have been virtually adopted by the agricultural community in Montana, and the newest venture to assist the family is to sell cookbooks containing 400 kid-friendly recipes and give the proceeds to the kids.
On October 11, 2007, Montana native Kelly Moline died. Just 40 years old, Kelly left behind her husband Chris Moline and their six children—Colie (13), Jake (12), Victoria (10), Josie (7), Ian (4), and Colt (2). The daughter of Eldon and Betty Allard, Kelly was raised in the Loma, Montana, area and attended school in Fort Benton. She did a short stint in the U.S. Army before marrying Chris Moline in 1990. They made their home on his Geraldine, MT, ranch.
Kelly's greatest joys in life were her family and her horses. She home-schooled their children and was a 4-H leader. Kelly was also a reporter for the National Weather Service in the Geraldine area. Throughout Kelly's life, she touched many lives with her ready smile and friendly personality.
On October 9, 2007, while gathering cattle, Kelly complained of a headache. Somewhat later, she was thrown from the horse she was riding. She got up, walked a ways, and then collapsed. Kelly underwent emergency brain surgery for a ruptured aneurysm. She was in the ICU unit surrounded by family and friends when she died. She was buried at the family ranch.
Unfortunately, like many young families, the Molines did not have medical insurance, and Chris and the children face not only a future without Kelly, but also tremendous medical bills. Naturally, numerous fundraising events were held for their benefit by family, friends, and neighbors, and a college fund was established for the children. Following the death of their mother, the family received two crock pots and a number of recipe books for Christmas. Then a weekly ag paper published in Billings, Montana, arrived on the scene.
Cookbooks must be pre-ordered and paid for by August 1. $20 postpaid.