Audrey Cope Biglen

Audrey was born in Denton to Wilma and Alfonzo Cope on Feb. 8, 1930. She grew up on a farm just outside of Lewistown with her brother and five sisters. She had many fond memories and loved to tell stories of life on the farm in those days. She had a life-long interest in the history of Central Montana and especially the many people who have lived here.

Later, as a young woman, Audrey had the tragic misfortune to contract polio. Though once in critical condition, she managed to recover. Left with some paralysis, she went on to live a full and active life. She was an avid rose gardener, birder, an accomplished seamstress and knitter.

In 1952, Audrey married Thomas A. Biglen, and they made their home in Lewistown. After many cherished years together, he preceded her in death in 2009, leaving behind their many family members and friends.

Audrey’s passion for local history led her to join the Central Montana Geneological Society. Over the many years of her membership she did geneological research for people all around the country who were seeking to know more about their ancestors who had once lived in Central Montana.

Audrey passed away after a brief illness on March 4, 2017. She is survived by her daughter, Kerry Hanna of Lewistown; her son Timothy Biglen of Evergreen, Colo.; two grandchildren, Robert Biglen and Anna Biglen, both of Denver; and a sister, Vera West of Woodinville, Wash.

Funeral services will be held at the Lewistown Methodist Church, Saturday, March 18, at 1 p.m.

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