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Volunteers Help Give Our Lady Of The Rockies New Fence
Nov 01, 2017

BUTTE - These old-timers may be retired, but they’re always ready to get back to work. Especially if this Lady needs some help.

“But then again too, you know, I’ve been working with the Lady for 37 years now, why quit now,” Leroy Lee said.

Lee designed and built the Our Lady of the Rockies statue at the top of the East Ridge, which was a project started by the late Bob O’Bill in dedication to his wife. This week they are removing the old chain link fence and installing iron fencing that was donated to the Lady to put around the statue. Several local businesses and people donated time and materials to clean and paint the new fence.

“Anytime the Lady of the Rockies asks for anything, no matter what the people donated. People love the Lady of the Rockies,” Lee said.

Lee has been good at getting free help to keep the statue in great shape.

Lee has been good at getting free help to keep the statue in great shape.

Lee has been good at getting free help to keep the statue in great shape.

“I was called the biggest bummer in the 35 years, I bummed everything. I was always out bumming. We never had no money,” Lee said.

The guys working on this project are in their 70s and 80s, but they have no plan to slow down, because they say they’re always going to be dedicated to the lady.

“Well, the Lady takes care of us, that’s why we’ve lived as long as we have,” Lee said.

Volunteer Jerry Carlson added, “I think it’s really great for the town, so what’s good for the town is good for me.”

People visiting the statue appreciate the hard work these volunteers put into maintaining the Lady.

“I think it’s pretty cool, I’ve been up here probably almost 5 or 6 times now and it’s cool to see some being done, because the chain link fence isn’t the nicest thing, so this is going to be awesome,” said visitor Jon Giesbrecht.

Dedication to the Lady. The project is expected to be completed by next week and volunteers are always welcome.