Day 109

A roadside memorial

July 13th, 2010

One of many I've passed


  1. Carolyn says:

    Rest in peace!

  2. Karen Too says:

    Sad, but very touching.

  3. Tobia W says:

    The three wooden crosses! everytime i pass, i have to look! :(

    • MN Roxanne says:

      Tobia- are you close to Matt?? Track him down…. say hi… offer food/drinks… Montana’s been dry….

    • Christine says:

      Thank you Tobia (Such a beautiful name) for you and your family taking care of Matt!! God bless

  4. Sad. God Bless the families. Rest in peace.

    On another note here, there’s not much around so why would there be road side deaths? Animals and cars colliding maybe?

    • Craig from Iowa says:

      Drivers falling asleep.

    • Yeosaph Ferguson says:

      Have you seen the film “the Straight Story”? Your answer could be in one the scenes. BTW Matt’s trip has reminded me at times of that film. It’s worth watching.

      • Anna One in CA says:

        Yeosaph, was that the movie about the guy who drove the lawnmower miles and miles to see his son? If so, it was a great story…

        • Yeosaph Ferguson says:

          Actually the old guy drove the lawnmower from Iowa to Wisconsin to visit with his estranged brother. It was a great story and based on real events.

    • kstave says:

      Single car accident. Novice driver pulling a camper drove off the road and then over corrected. On the last leg of there 2 week trip from Michigan to Glacier. All but the driver were killed.

  5. Candice in Alabama says:

    Very sad….

  6. Joan says:

    Reason for all the crosses? Sleep, some… also remember all the beer cans Matt has mentioned? There’s a lot of drinking WHILE driving in Montana.

  7. katzien in austin says:

    I’m guessing it’s teenage kids trying to entertain themselves. Maybe drinking, racing, playing chicken. The stuffed animals indicate younger people I think. Sad for the families.

  8. Dennis in So Cal says:

    I think I found a news article on the crash. It occurred in September 2005. A DUI driver rolled his truck and killed three of his passengers…

    • I don’t think this is the same Dennis because of the small stuffed animals on these crosses. I take from these pics that it was children killed here not adults. Thanks for the link to this article though.

  9. kim says:


  10. Jeff says:

    Yes, much respect in the shot. RIP. those that were lost. It does not matter how or why. It is sad when someone is called home unexpectadly. Those small bunnies…that is what gets me the most. Peace and Safety Matt. b-careful.

  11. Anthony in Raleigh says:

    Megan Christie Stave 4/26/87-8/8/01
    Maryetta Louise Pyles Feley died 8/7/01

    Sad, it looks like the 14yr old died the day after the accident.
    MEGAN CHRISTIE STAVE, 14, of Elkton, Md., died on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2001, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, Mont.
    A Life Celebration was held on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001, at the Red Lion Evangelical Free Church, 1400 Red Lion Rd., Bear, Del., followed by a funeral service at noon. Interment was in the St. George’s Cemetery.
    Arrangements were handled by the Cleveland and Gofus Funeral Home, Inc., A Life Celebration Home in Kennett Square, Pa.

  12. Lori says:

    Unfortunately, these roadside memorials are dotted all over the hwys. in MT — sleepy drivers, drunk drivers, no seat belt drivers, young inexperienced drivers, collisions with wildlife — you name it. On Hwy. 2 between Bonners Ferry ID & Libby MT, you can’t go 2 mile without seeing one. On a motorcycle (as we usually are) you REALLY notice how many there are. Lots of riders in MT, so some of these are bike accidents.


  13. Janine says:

    Found an older pic ( ) and did a little research. From left to right:

    Emma Louise Feley
    11/01/93 – 08/07/01

    Maryetta Louise Pyles Feley
    12/06/1954 – 08/07/01

    Megan Christie Stave
    04/26/87 – 08/08/01

    RIP <3

  14. carol says:


  15. kstave says:

    Single car accident. Novice driver pulling a camper drove off the road, onto the shoulder and then over corrected. Car rolled several times. They were on the last leg of their 2 week camping trip from Michigan to Glacier (Megan to Delaware). All but the driver were killed. Very hard thing for a 16 year old to over come not to mention the older daughter (sister) and the rest of the family! Megan was a cousin traveling with them.

  16. kstave says:

    The markers are just outside of Winnett. They (the people of Winnett) were the best! Almost everyone in town is 1st response and were there shortly after the accident. They were also very wonderful the next year when 15 of us made the trip from MI and DE to put up the crosses. I’m guessing they are the ones that have put up the flowers and stuffed animals seen in the 2008 photo (7 years later), maybe. Looks like I need to make another trip to do a bit of repair, looks like they’ve had a couple of hard winter! It’s amazing that Megan, Mary and Emma are still shaking my life. Thanks for posting the picture.

  17. sFeley says:

    Thank you for posting. This is my families’ roadside memorial and I appreciate that they are still thought of. Oddly enough, you posted this on my birthday three years ago. I’m sending love and thoughts to all of the people of Winnett. They were all so kind to go through what they did to help my family. The surviving people are doing ok. Life is moving forward, as are they. And Mary (my mom), Emma (my sister) and Meg (my cousin) are thought of everyday.

  18. HKing says:

    Emma, Mary, and Meg, were my cousins. And as a child I remember looking up to Emma for absolutely everything. I only saw the three maybe once or twice a year, but I still remember every little memory we shared together. I go back and look at all of our pictures of us as children. They are missed everyday. We will always love you. They will always have a special special place in my heart. Mary, Emma, and Meg, are on my mind everyday.

  19. LRK says:

    I went to school with Meg. 12 years ago today. It’s crazy to think 12 years ago we were playing volleyball together and sitting in class together. She is missed greatly by many. She is always on my mind.

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