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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Christine "Chris" Brookman
December 28, 1950 - October 26, 2020

Place of Birth: Glendive, Montana
Residence: Bainville, Montana
Age: 69

Christine “Chris” Brookman, 69, of Bainville, MT, passed away on Monday, October 26, 2020 at her residence in Bainville, Montana.

Christine "Chris" Brookman was born December 28, 1950 to Emmett and H. Barbara (Rittle) Young, in Glendive, Montana. She was the youngest of their four children joining a sister and two brothers. The family settled in Sidney, Montana, when Chris was very young, where she attended schools and graduated from Sidney High School in 1969. She attended Cosmetology school after graduation and worked various jobs waiting for her destined path in her life.

She met her soulmate, Marlin B. Brookman, and they married on November 24, 1973. They were best friends and the love of each other’s life. In 1975 their daughter, Bree was born starting their dream for a family. In 1978 their son, Cole, was born to complete their family. Chris and Marlin were so proud to be parents and always made sure their children were raised to be happy and successful.

Chris and Marlin started their family on the family ranch in the Benrud Bench area, north of Wolf Point, Montana, where she worked side by side with her husband. Chris was a great ranch wife doing anything from driving tractor to working cows. She and Marlin also were very avid horse people and had a strong passion for rodeos and actively participated in events. Chris was raised with horses and family horse activities and excelled in Barrel Racing, winning a state high school rodeo championship.

When Marlin left ranching, he chose law enforcement as a career path, taking the family to various towns in Eastern Montana, eventually finding their piece of paradise in Bainville, Montana, where they made their home and raised their children. Chris and Marlin were very active and beloved in the Bainville community. Chris was a bartender for Smokey's Bar, in Bainville, for 20 years and retired in 2018 but continued to be a big part of the Smokey's family. She loved to visit with customers and community members which many of became dear friends. Chris was not only a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, she was a beloved friend.

After her husband's passing on October 26, 2006, Chris really enjoyed being a part of her eight grandchildren's lives. She especially loved going to their sporting events to cheer them on. She enjoyed being with the fans watching the kids play. You would often hear her in the stands cheering them on, shouting, "Let 'er rip, tater chip!" Often you could find Chris "tinkering" in her garage. The family knew not to bother buying fancy things or jewelry for gifts. Tools and her Bobcat skid steer were her joys.

Chris is survived by her children, daughter, Bree Strickland and son-in-law Eddy, and their sons, Austin, Jaden, Jesse and Alex of Bainville, MT; son Cole, and daughter-in-law Erin, and their children, Colten, C.J., Clayton and Marleigh; stepdaughter, Carrie Jo Lazarz and son-in-law Mike, and their son, Colin of Tacoma, WA; brother, John Young and sister-in-law Pam of Clyde Park, MT; sister-in-law Linda Pickens and her husband Lee of Billings, MT; brother-in-law Chris Brookman of Billings, MT; niece and little sister Jodi McPherson (Mike Shaide) of Fairview, MT; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of almost 33 years, Marlin; her parents; her brother, Tom Young and sister, Dianne Johnson; infant grandson, Corin Michael Brookman; granddaughter, McKenzie Lazarz; her mother and father in-law; grandparents and many aunts and uncles.

Chris lived her life to the fullest and loved her family, especially her grandchildren, with all her heart. Chris was an amazing woman with a true spunky spirit and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.


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Bruce & Judy Waldhausen
Oct 27, 2020
To family of Chris Brookman, So sorry to hear the sad news of her passing. Our deepest sympathy.
Bruce & Judy
Yvonne Kostelecky (White Sulphur Springs , Montana )
Oct 27, 2020
Bree, Cole, and family of Chris,
As I have told you Chris became my best friend when we moved to Bainville. I feel truly blessed to have had you all in my life. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers now and always. I am happy to know your Mom and Dad are together again and you will have 2 amazing angels watching over you. I will miss my best friends phone calls and her giving me a bad time or her wise advice but will miss everything about her. But I know I will see both Chris and Marlin again. May your wonderful memories of Chris help during this very difficult time, love you all.
Yvonne and Marvin Kostelecky
Linda Young Knodel (Caldwell , IDAHO )
Oct 27, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to you all. May Chrisy rest in peace in the arms of those who went before her. Hugs and love
Linda Panasuk (Bainville , Mt)
Oct 28, 2020
Seeing Chris had passed has left a sadness in my heart. I don't socialize much but Chris was always there and her passing will be felt by many. So very sorry as you will feel her absence until you meet again. My thoughts and prayers are with you
Paula Hansen Schilke (Williston, ND)
Oct 28, 2020
Cole, my heartfelt sympathy is with you and yours during this very sad time. I did not know your mom, but YOU are such a great guy, I know she had to be an awesome mom and influence on you. Take care, my friend!
Karen Vannatta (Missoula, Montana )
Oct 28, 2020
So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing! She was always friendly and would see her at all the games and a supporter for Bainville!! May all her memories float in your minds and bring a smile to your face!
Dave Arnson (Williston, ND)
Oct 28, 2020
To Cole and Family, so very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I didn’t know your mother, but losing a parent is difficult, and you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ann Rittal (Billings, Montana)
Oct 29, 2020
I am a cousin of Chris. I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. I saw her at a cousin picnic in Glendive some time back so had a visit with her. Thinking of you.
Delbert and Betty Vorhies (Glendive, Mt)
Oct 29, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Sharon Hergenrider (Savage, Montana)
Oct 29, 2020
John: Sorry to hear about Chris. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of you and all of Chris's family. Alvin sends his thoughts and prayers also. (In case you don't recognize the last name remember Bill and Jennie from savage the computer won't let me put the last name without profiteering it to something else needs
Wendy and Doug Smith (Bainville, MT)
Oct 29, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chris's family at this hard time. She raised two awesome children, who will honor her the rest of their lives. Blessings to all, especially the grandchildren, whom she loved so much! God's peace be with you.
Clarence & Barb Luft (Froid, MT)
Oct 29, 2020
We were so very sorry to hear about Chris. She was a dear friend to not only us but to everyone. A very special person.Our hearts go out to her family and our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Much love,
Clarence & Barb
Adel LaCounte (Florence, Montana)
Nov 1, 2020
I choose to believe that Chris is now in the same beautiful place as Mom and I can almost hear Mom saying hi Chrissy, did ya bring the peppermint schnapps? Condolences to family and everybody else that will miss her...carry on Sarge
Ruthie Horob (Fargo, ND)
Nov 1, 2020
Bree, Cole, & families: My sympathies on the loss of your mom. She was a fun gal and always portrayed such an upbeat spirit.
Praise God for the gift of memories! I will be watching her funeral online and thinking of you.
Jean Knopp Steiner (Richardton, ND)
Nov 2, 2020
So sorry to hear this sad news. I have so many fond memories of Chris riding horse and floating down the canal on hot summer days. Rest In Peace, Chris.
Tami Young (Boise , ID)
Nov 3, 2020
You will forever be in my heart and memories Aunt Chris. I have so many memories of you, but the one that sticks out the most for me is the love of Dr. Pepper for breakfast! I've taken after you! Love to all of my family back home and mostly to you Bree and Cole! You've grown into beautiful people who I'm most proud to call family!
Ric and Jan Winhofer and Susan Rittal
Nov 6, 2020
John, Bree, Cole and family~
Please accept our deepest sympathy. We loved Chris and enjoyed many memories together. Our prayers are with you as you move forward without this wonderful woman. May the Lord bless her and His perpetual light shine upon her.
Geraldine Weaver Entzel Almond (Sidney, MT)
Nov 7, 2020
I was saddened to learn of Chris' passing. "Spunky" is a good description of her. I became acquainted with the Young family when they moved into the Sidney, living on the opposite corner. what a lively bunch and they had a television set! We became reacquainted when she was working at Bear Paw Credit Union and I worked at the credit union in Sidney. We later saw each other at sporting events for our grandchildren. It's a shock when a classmate passes on, and I'm sure it leaves an empty place in the hearts of her family and friends.
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