Arliss Pillatzke Skipwith

Dec. 6, 1930-Feb. 16, 2018

Arliss Maxine Pillatzke

Skipwith passed away on

February 16, 2018 sur-

rounded by her loving

family after a courageous

battle with cancer.

She was born on De-

cember 6, 1930 to Oley

and Christine Engen in

Anamoose, North Dakota.

She was raised on a farm

with her two brothers and

six sisters. They helped

with chores around the

farm when they were

growing up. This includ-

ed milking cows, cutting

and harvesting grain, rais-

ing chickens and every-

thing else a farm had to

offer. When WWII started,

the farm lost their hired

hand so her dad went to

town and got drivers

licenses for her and her

siblings so they could

drive the grain trucks to


She graduated from

high school in Anamoose

and became a school

teacher in a one-room

school 10 miles south of

Harvey, North Dakota.

She had six students in

her school. On cold

snowy days, she would

ride to school in a horse

and sleigh covered with a

buffalo robe.

On June 12, 1950, she

married Louis Pillatzke

who was also from

Anamoose. They were

married for 32 years until

his passing in 1980. Dur-

ing their marriage, they

had four children. His

years as a meat cutter took

them to many different ci-

ties in North Dakota and

Minnesota. They eventu-

ally settled in Minot,

North Dakota where he

managed two Super Value

stores. During this time,

the Engen family farm

was always the focal point

for her family and her ex-

tended family. On week-

ends and holidays, they

would always get together

for card playing, great

jokes, and best of all

grandmas home cooking.

In 1966 Arliss, Louis

and the kids moved to

Helena, Montana. Louis

became a meat manager

for Associated Food

Stores and Arliss went to

work for the J.C. Penny

Company. She worked for

them for the next 16


She enjoyed camping

and fishing at the lakes in

and around Bozeman and

Helena. With their

motorhome and boat, she

and Louis would travel

Montana. On almost all of

these trips, they would

meet up with her sister

and husband, Phyllis and

Lowell Klatt, and enjoy

the weekends together

camping and fishing.

Black Sandy Beach on

Hauser Lake was one of

her favorite spots and al-

ways had a special place

in her heart.

On 2/18/92, she married

John “Skip” Skipwith in

Honolulu, Hawaii. Skip

was from Conrad, MT, so

she packed her bags and

left Helena for Conrad.

They shared 21 good

years together and loved

to travel. One of their best

memories was a cruise

from Seattle to Alaska.

They also liked to escape

the Montana cold so every

January and February for

10 years they traveled to

Palm Springs, CA, or

Parker, Arizona with

Phyllis and Lowell Klatt.

After the passing of

Skip in 2013, Arliss con-

tinued to live in Conrad.

She was very involved

with her friends in the

Catholic Church, bridge

clubs and volunteering.

She moved back to Helena

in 2015 to be near her


Her survivors include:

her sons Steven and Da-

vid (Lori) of Helena;

daughters Marilyn (Paul)

Templeton of Helena and

Kathleen Meagher of

Tempe, AZ.; sisters

Coralie Hooper of Wilton,

California; Patsy Frey of

Grand Forks, North Dako-

ta; Gloria (Irvin) Mills of

Kennewick, Washington

and Barbara (Jerry) Helm

of Austin, Texas. Brothers

Peter (Delilah) Engen and

Billy (Gloria) Engen of

Anamoose, North Dakota.

Brothers-in-law Lowell

Klatt of West Yellowstone,

MT, and Buddy Oster of

Kennewick, WA. She also

is survived by eight

grandchildren and two


She is preceded in

death by: both of her hus-

bands, Louis Pillatzke and

John Skipwith; parents

Oley and Christine Engen;

Sisters Phyllis Klatt and

Peggy Oster; sons-in-law

Jim Meagher and Gene


Arliss would like to ex-

tend a special thank you

to Dr. Thomas Weiner and

his staff at St. Peters Hos-

pital Cancer Center in

Helena, Marie Lavender

Home Health, Compassus

Hospice and Mikal Pil-

latzke FNP for their com-

passion and care

throughout her illness.

Cremation has taken

place. A private ceremony

will be held at a later date.

Condolences can be sent

to 3266 Quarter Horse

Court, Helena, MT. 59602.

In lieu of flowers, dona-

tions may be sent to Com-

passus Hospice, 1075 N.

Rodney, Helena, MT

59601. Please visit

to offer a condolence to

the family or to share a

memory of Arliss.