Ethel was born to Perry and Katherine (Simon) Heater in Plains February 11, 1919. She grew up in the area and attended school in Thompson Falls, where she was active in basketball, track and glee club and graduated from high school there.
On April 20, 1940, she married the love of her life, L.J. “Stan” Stanfield and moved to Anaconda where they made their home for a short time. L.J. enlisted in the U.S. Navy. A short time later, Ethel and L.J. moved to St. Louis, then on to San Diego. In 1945, L.J. received his honorable discharge and moved back to Missoula where they made their home. In 1950, Stan was called back to duty in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Astoria, Ore. during the Korean Conflict. Ethel worked at that time in the local Safeway store in Astoria. When Stan was honorably discharged in 1952, the couple returned to Missoula. Ethel went to work in the toy department at the Missoula Mercantile.
Together, Stan and Ethel enjoyed square dancing, a “mean” game of pinnacle or “May I.” Ethel loved gardening, bird watching, ceramics, crafting, knitting and crocheting. She loved her church friendships. She was also a member of a ladies bible study group that met for twenty-seven plus years. “Family and dear friends,” as she said, were everything to her.
Survivors include a daughter, Darcy Fisher of Missoula; two granddaughters, Jamie Fisher of Great Falls and Jen (Mark) Fisher-Meeks of Missoula; great-grandson, Tarry; and great-granddaughter, Talaj, both of Missoula; great-granddaughter Taylor Lukasik and great-grandsons, Drew and Jason Stroh of Altoona, Fla.; a sister, Dorothy Allan of Tucson, Arizona; brother, Rich (Doris) Heater of Thompson Falls; several nieces and nephews, all of which held very special places in her heart, each and every one of them!
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stan, a brother, Harold and a sister Thelma.
Cremation has taken place under the care of Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville. A memorial graveside service will be held Friday, September 20 at 11 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations may be made in Ethel’s name to the Missoula Food Bank. Condolences and memories may be left for the family at whitesittfuneralhome.com.