Laynee Laceen Ophus (May 17, 2005 – March 28, 2022)


Laynee Laceen Ophus, 16, passed away on March 28, 2022, in Malta, MT.

Services were held on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at St. Margaret Mary's Catholic Church located on Johannes Ave in Big Sandy, MT. The viewing was held at 1 p.m. and the service followed at 2 p.m. A private family burial to take place at a later date and time. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Big Sandy City Pool. Checks can be made payable to: New Pool Fund and mailed to PO Box 381, Big Sandy, MT 59520.

Laynee Laceen was born on May 17, 2005 to Reece Ophus and Carla Gilman in Havre, MT. Laynee spent her early childhood in Big Sandy. Spending most of her time outdoors, Laynee's genuine and selfless love for animals truly began, including her favorite horse, Flicka, her beloved "Lucky Dog", and most recently her adored kitten, Sticks.

Into her early teenage years, Laynee spent much of her time at the city pool, which eventually lead to her competing on the Big Sandy Barracuda swim team. This competitive nature and fighting spirit then lead her to compete in track & field, basketball, and volleyball as a Big Sandy Pioneer and later as a Malta Mette.

Her fighting spirit didn't end at being athletic. Laynee was an extremely gifted individual. She could sing, dance, draw, you name it. If she set her mind to it, she was going to do it, and do it well.

Laynee was known for her bright and bubbly presence. Her ability to make people laugh and smile, brought her great happiness which you could see by her often present smirk and her big, beautiful smile that could light up any room.

Laynee is proceeded in death by her Aunt Laceen Ophus, and Grandparents Lois & Curtis (Coke) Moe.

She is survived by her Father, Reece Ophus of Big Sandy, Mother, Carla Gilman of Malta, Sisters, Paighton (Taylor) of Kremlin, Kaylie (Elsie) of Malta, Loni of Malta, Grandparents Lyle & Barb Ophus of Big Sandy, numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, extended family, and countless friends.

We would like to express the deepest gratitude for everyone's love and support in many surrounding communities during this difficult time. Pain isn't always obvious. Know the signs, find the words, and reach out. The National Helpline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.


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