Lois (Lien) VanEvery was born on June 17, 1935, in Columbus, Mont., and departed this life on July 6, 2015. She was reared by her parents, Gabriel and Violet (nee Anderson) Lien, in the Absarokee Community. Attending school in Absarokee, she graduated high school in May 1953. In 1956, she married the love of her life, Bernard VanEvery, and together they raised three children, some sheep and a garden of flowers.
Lois was elected to the office of Clerk & Recorder for Stillwater County and served for eight years. Her involvement in civic organizations started with her membership in 4-H and Rainbow for Girls. She continued to serve these organizations in adulthood as a 4-H Leader and member of the Eastern Star. Ever the leader, she was the Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star and President of the Dorcus Society of her church. She was a life-long member of the Community Congregational Church in Absarokee; serving on many boards and committees. With a deep love for her home town of Absarokee, she worked tirelessly with a group of ladies to save the Cobblestone School Building; and it is now a thriving public meeting place. Notorious for her political views and effervescent humor, Lois was loved and cherished.
Lois is survived by her husband, her son Wade (Cheryl) VanEvery of Sidney, and her daughters Valerie (David) Meyer of Troy, Ill., and LaTrisha (Ron) Kelley of Edmonds, Wash.
Lois has two brothers, John G. (Irene) Lien of Sedro Wooley, Wash., and Charles O. (Kathy) Lien of Three Forks, Mont., also surviving. Her seven grandchildren, Jacob (Susan) VanEvery, Amanda (Andrew) Evanson, John (Shannon) VanEvery, Kathryn Meyer, Hannah Meyer, Jason (Krista) Kelly, and Sean Kelley, as well as her nieces and nephews, are her legacy to the next generation. Her precious little great grandchild, Kenzley VanEvery, provided her much happiness and pride.
Funeral services were Saturday July 11 at the Community Congregational Church in Absarokee with interment at the Rosebud Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Lois’ name to the Cobblestone School or Community Congregational Church in Absarokee, as well as any charity of choice.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through “Our Families.”