Veanne Hawbaker

Veanne Hawbaker left this earth and rejoined her husband, Harvey, in heaven on Oct. 18, 2021. Funeral services are pending and will be held at St. William Catholic Church in Shelby, Mont., at a later date.

Veanne was born May 16, 1934, in Minot, ND, one of five children born to Bill and Lucille Quackenbush. The family moved to Peerless, Mont., where Veanne would graduate from high school. She also met her high school sweetheart, Harvey, at Peerless.

She married Harvey Hawbaker on Aug. 3, 1957, and the two would go on to create a loving family. They had three children: Perry, Trish and Jim, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. There was nothing more important to Veanne than her grandchildren, traveling the state constantly to spend time with them and attend their sporting events or concerts. 

Harvey and Veanne moved to Shelby in 1960, where they became active community members while raising their children and beyond. Veanne made her living working in the insurance business, first with Bob Turner and later with his son, Chuck. She spent many years with the Turner family, who had a great respect for her and also held a very special place in her heart.

She spent countless hours outside of work volunteering in her community, particularly at St. William Catholic Church. Veanne served her parish on the council, as a bookkeeper and during many special events. Harvey and Veanne were also recipients of the President’s award from the Chamber.

Veanne and her husband, Harvey, loved the Shelby Coyotes and were passionate supporters of the youth of the community. The couple could often be seen in their regular seats in the upper bowl at the gym and Veanne continued to attend Coyote games up until her death.

Her family is so thankful to her generous friends who helped her get to the gym to support the kids in person. When she couldn’t be there in person, Veanne still watched on live streams at the Heritage Center.

The community of Shelby, and her friends within it, were so dear to her. Coffee at the Prairie Peddler could be counted amongst the best moments of her day, where she could tell stories, share pictures of grandkids and stay in touch with some of her closest friends.

She loved to socialize through games and had a passion for playing cards and board games. Veanne excelled at card games and even taught many of the youth in the community to play cribbage as a way to help them with math and quick thinking skills. Her grandkids all learned poker at a young age and lost plenty of chips to their grandma.

After the passing of Harvey in 2019, she enjoyed her life at the Heritage Center and the connections she made with her neighbors and the staff. She always remained busy with some of her favorite activities, cards, Bingo and puzzles. 

Veanne is survived by her three children, Perry (Laurie) Hawbaker, Trish (Rick) Wagner, and Jim (Tracy) Hawbaker. She will be fondly remembered by her eight grandchildren, Mack (Megan) Hawbaker, Michael (Brianne) Hawbaker, Lucas (Haley) Wagner, Rachel (Clint) Barkell, Mitchell Hawbaker, Jackson (Taylor) Wagner, Bryce Hawbaker and Sydney Hawbaker; as well as her four great-grandchildren Finley, Cohen and Shaw Hawbaker, and Briggs Barkell. She is also survived by her siblings, Margaret (Bob) Jones, Kay (Chuck) Foster, Bonnie (Rick) Hartman; her brothers-in-law, Eddie (Bonnie) Hawbaker, Jim (Norma) Hawbaker, Ken Hawbaker, Harland (Linda) Hawbaker; her sisters-in-law, Marcia (Greg) Garcia, Donna Grove, Twila Hawbaker, and Vona Quackenbush; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey; her parents, Bill and Lucille Quackenbush; mother and father-in-law, Roy and Edith (Hrabik) Hawbaker; brother, Jim Quackenbush; brothers- in-law, Pete Hawbaker, Levi Hawbaker, Kelly Hawbaker, Oliver Grove; and sister-in-law, Leah Adams.

In lieu of flowers the family would ask that donations be made to Shelby High School athletics, Toole County Education Foundation Scholarship, St. William Parish or organization of donor’s choice in her name. Condolences can be sent to