Lee Ann Hirst–Racine, 64, died peacefully at home in Helena, on Thursday, March 7, 2019.
Asper Funeral Home handled arrangements, and, respecting Lee Ann’s wishes, no services were held.
She was born in Browning, on Feb. 23, 1955. Her parents were Katherine Lucille Kipp-Hirst and John Allen “Jack” Hirst. Lee Ann grew up in Cut Bank, where she attended school.
Her maternal grandparents were Joseph W. “Papa” Kipp and Isabelle “Mama” Cook-Kipp. Her paternal grandparents were Margaret Champine-Hirst and Allen Hirst. Lee Ann was proud of her Blackfeet heritage, tracing her lineage through her maternal great-grandparents, Cut Bank John and Calf Woman Kipp, and her maternal great-great grandparents, Heavy Runner and Mistake Petrified Rock. Heavy Runner and his people were massacred by the U.S. Army on the Marias River in 1870.
Lee Ann enjoyed many interests throughout her life, including the outdoors and the fine arts. She spent many hours camping and fishing, often in the company of her older brothers. Lee Ann was also a self-taught artist and poet. She composed and illustrated many poems, reflecting her understanding of life.
She was briefly married to Russell Scheck of Helena. Later, Lee Ann met and married Robert Virgil (Madman) Racine and remained a devoted wife until his death on July 9, 2017, in Cut Bank. Lee Ann and Bob loved their many pets. Visitors to their home were surprised by the number of dogs, cats and birds.
Lee Ann is survived by her sister, Carol Hirst-Shield of Frisco, Texas; her brother, Greg Hirst of Great Falls; and her nephew William James Allison of Chandler, Ariz. She is also survived by a daughter, Katherine Hirst.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and four older brothers: John Allen Jr., Charles Lee, James Anthony and Clayton David.