Sherron A. Massman, née Folkvord 1940 – 2021
Sherron Massman, age 80 of Helena, Rosary Beads in hand, passed away peacefully at her home on February 16th, 2021. Sherron was born in Heron, MT to Haakon “Swede” and Lillian (LaMotte) Folkvord. The daughter of a Norwegian immigrant and an eastern Montana homestead family, she was extremely proud of both her Norwegian and Montana heritage. As the Fort Peck Dam “New Deal” project drew to a close, the family relocated to Heron. War time contributions led the family to the shipyards in Vancouver, WA but eventually the Folkvords’ settled in the Helena valley where Sherron became a valued community member for nearly seventy years.
During her teenage years, she worked at Helena’s nostalgic Fligelman’s Department store and graduated from Helena High school in 1958. Shortly thereafter she met an Airman from Alabama stationed at Malmstrom AFB, Billy G. Spivey. The two married and had four children: Brenda Spivey (husband John Richards), Janet (Spivey) Kleist, Brett Spivey, Ferrin Spivey (Claire Francoeur); grandchildren Jason Kleist, Adam Kleist, Sherron (Kleist) Burbank, Lauren “Alex” Spivey, Anna Spivey; and numerous great-grandchildren.
As life often does, it leads most of us in different directions, so too for Sherron. She met and married Hubert J. Massman, a Helena Attorney and World War II Veteran. With the bond of a second marriage came a significant increase to the family size. Sherron’s step-children include Joe Massman (wife Carol), Paige (Massman) Brodsky (husband Richard), Shelley Massman, Larry Massman, George Massman, Brian Massman (wife Denise), Frank Massman (wife Beth), Ray Massman (wife Janette). Additionally, Hugh and Sherron raised a daughter together; Kara (Massman) Hicks (husband Jay); grandchildren Jennifer, Joe, Emilyn, Willie, Osa, Jake, Natasha, Tambre, Alexis, Nathan, Kio, Kirsty, Linsey, Harper, Jackson and numerous great-grandchildren.
Sherron was proceeded in death by her husband Hugh Massman, her brother Dale Folkvord, her sister Shirley (Folkvord) Mannix, her half-brother Harry Smick, and her daughter Janet Marie (Spivey) Kleist.
Sherron, a true champion of the human spirit, engaged in numerous community organizations over the years to include God’s Love, the Florence Crittenton Home, Food Share, the Friendship Center, the Bargain Basement of St. Peters Episcopal Cathedral, Kiwanis and the local P.E.O Chapter. Additionally, Sherron served on the Wells Fargo Board, the United Way Board, the Civic Center Board, and the Western Art Rendezvous Board. She dedicated thirty-five years to Helena Housing Authority where her steadfast efforts eventually led to being selected Executive Director. She was relentless in advocating for the disadvantaged, disenfranchised, elderly, and brokering affordable family housing to city residents. She will be remembered locally for her profoundly positive affect on many Helena families. For her tireless efforts she was recognized multiple times by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Her greatest professional gratification was the dedication of Sherron Park in her namesake.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, memorial services will be postponed till summer at Sherron Park on Billings Avenue in Helena. Memorials in Sherron’s name are suggested to God’s Love shelter or any of the community organizations listed above. Random acts of kindness and community engagement also come highly recommended from the family.