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'Waking the Dead' Tour highlights historical Great Falls Icons

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This year's 'Waking the Dead' tour was dedicated in Moyne Croxford's memory and the Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory. This year's 'Waking the Dead' tour was dedicated in Moyne Croxford's memory and the Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory.
This year's tour featured 11 stops at the Highland Cemetery. This year's tour featured 11 stops at the Highland Cemetery.
The 'Waking the Dead' Tour highlighted key figures throughout north central Montana and Great Falls history. The 'Waking the Dead' Tour highlighted key figures throughout north central Montana and Great Falls history.
GREAT FALLS -

Historical figures from all eras in north central Montana history spoke from beyond the grave Sunday afternoon during the 6th annual 'Waking the Dead' tour.

This year's tour featured 11 stops at the Highland Cemetery, with narrators portraying a wide range of figures who were key in the development of Great Falls.

Stops during the tour included the city's founding father, Paris Gibson, western artist Charlie and wife Nancy Russell and Moyne Croxford of the Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory, who is the first from the family name to be buried in the Electric City.  

Croxford passed away last November and was instrumental in supporting the community and it's programs in Great Falls.   

This year's 'Waking the Dead' tour was dedicated in Moyne Croxford's memory along with the Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory.

"Sometimes when you walk through a cemetery, you see the names but it doesn't really mean much to you. So to find out who these people are and the roles they play in developing this city and the culture that we experience here, it's really unique it's very interesting, " said Maggie Kent, who narrated Moyne Croxford's story. 

Proceeds from the event benefited the People's Park and Recreation Department and the Great Falls Cemetery Association.

Graves featured and their storytellers:

Margaret Bell Dobin, first white child born in Great Falls - Diane Volk, granddaughter

Hugh Sutherland, served Demolay youth - Bob Kampfer

Gladys & Keith Vance, Justice of the Peace & husband - Scott Vance, son & Holly Vance, niece

Paris Gibson, founder of Great Falls - David Otey

Leo Graybill, Jr., President of Constitutional Convention and Sherlee Graybill, Democratic Leader -  Bob Woodmansey

Moyne Croxford, community supporter and Croxford Funeral Home & Crematory - Maggie Kent

George Montgomery, actor - Elliot Merja, Nephew

Earle E. Heikka, sculptor - Austin Haney

Edwin Norris, Montana Governor - Dirk Larsen

Charlie and Nancy Russell, cowboy artist/wife - Bill Bronson and Mary Jane Bradbury

Soldier’s Plot, Union and Confederate soldiers - Ken Robison and Bob Harris

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