On the afternoon of Feb. 29, 2020, Rev. VaunDalee DeLong, retired, peacefully passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital in Ronan, Mont. She was 76. A memorial service will be held in Ronan at a later date. For information on the memorial, please call (406) 344-3336.
VaunDalee was born VaunDalee Evelyn Rhodes in Valley City, ND, in 1943. She married Douglas Dean DeLong and had two children: Matthew Douglas and Dinah Lynn.
VaunDalee attended the University of North Dakota at Dickinson and went on to graduate from seminary at The Pacific School of Religion. She was a pastor first in the Oil Field Parish of Sunburst, Kevin, and Shelby, Mont. Next, she served as pastor for Mission (St. Ignatius), Ronan, and Charlo Churches.
Following this, VaunDalee became the pastor for the congregation of VanOrsdel Methodist Church in Havre, Mont. She retired in Havre before moving back to Ronan in 2018.
VaunDalee DeLong is survived by her brother, Warren Rhodes, her daughter, Dinah Siemens-DeLong, and her son, Matthew DeLong.
VaunDalee lived a wonderful, happy, service-filled life and made it a point to inspire others to do the same. VaunDalee spent her time advocating for both human and animal rights. She was a tireless correspondent and close friend to many. She was a firm believer in humanity, and that we will always find small acts of kindness in this world.
Now that she is no longer with us, let us continue her legacy in honor of the life she lived.