Claire Blackburn Pilon 1932-2022

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Claire Blackburn Pilon 1932-2022

Claire Blackburn Pilon passed away peacefully April 4, 2022. She was born Oct. 3, 1932, in Library, Pennsylvania. She moved to Dillon, Montana when she was 6 years old with her widowed mother; her father John passed when she was 3 years old. Her mother was called to First Baptist Church as a missionary. Claire grew up in Dillon attending schools and graduated from BCHS in 1950. She married her high school sweetheart, Roscoe, in 1952, they were married for 68 years before his passing. Claire was a partner in everything Roscoe did from running Dillon Disposal to farming and ranching.

In their later years, they enjoyed traveling to Yuma, Arizona, enjoying the fun and sun, while developing new friendships with people from around North America. As a couple, they were strong supporters of all their children and grandchildren’s activities.

She also worked outside of the home at different times in Dillon, a couple of those jobs were a telephone operator and customer service with Montgomery Wards.

Claire accepted Christ as her savior at a young age and was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Dillon, where she wore many hats. One of those was a pianist, playing for services and special music. She played piano in the church beginning in her high school years and played until her eyes failed.

Her family consisted of her immediate family, however; her church family was also very important to her. Her home was a place of hospitality. Many missionaries and Christian workers stayed at their house while in the area.

Claire was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Each grandchild thought they were her favorite, which they were.

Claire was preceded in death by her mother Edna Cantrell (Blackburn), husband Roscoe.

She is survived by her children and their families, Becky (Tom) Miller, their children Melissa (Justin) Schluessler, Michael (Sarah) Miller, Kavin (Amber) Miller, Talyn (Toni) Miller; Dan (Teresa) Pilon, children Tadd Pilon, Brian (Shanna) Pilon, Rory (Shantel) Pilon; and Jim Pilon, children Brent Pilon, Travis (Kacey) Pilon and Kaden Pilon; sister-in-law Lora Lee (Steve) Dougherty; and 20 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were Monday April 11, 2022, at Brundage Funeral Home. Viewing took place at 11 a.m. and the service was held at 1 p.m. Memorials in Claire’s name may be made to First Baptist Church, Hospice of Dillon, or the charity of choice.