Lorash

July 1938 – Oct. 17, 2021
Thursday, October 28, 2021
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One in a Million —Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister, Friend, Teacher and Advocate. She was a compassionate woman to everyone who crossed her path.

Lois was born July 1938 in Joliet, Mont., to Allie Lee and Andrew Cyrus Caler. She was the youngest of four children. At age 5, she was adopted by Everett E. McVey.

Her impressionable early years were spent enjoying the rural small-town life of post WW II era Joliet.

Friends she made early on, were friends her entire life. She was a member of the “black denim motorcycle brats” bicycle gang. She enjoyed the adventure of hiking the hills above Joliet looking for Native American artifacts.

Memorable summers were spent travelling with her parents Everett and Allie aboard trains throughout the American West. One of her most cherished memories was spending time with her parents at a fire watch tower in Libby.

This adventurous lifestyle led to Lois loving the great outdoors of Montana. In later years, camping above Red Lodge with friends and family was a favorite pastime.

Lois graduated from Joliet High School in 1956 and went on to receive a degree in teaching from Eastern Montana College in 1958. That same year, Lois met the love of her life, Curtis W. Lorash on a blind date. The two were married in 1959 in Joliet. With Curt being from a large family, Lois often spoke fondly of all the new brothers and sisters she had gained.

Curt and Lois initially resided in Columbus and then Joliet where their two oldest sons were born. From there, they built a new home in Billings where their third and fourth sons were born. In 1971, they moved back to Joliet. It was here that they welcomed their youngest son and two daughters to the family.

Curt and Lois also fostered several wonderful children during this time. Their love of family has led to a legacy of over 50 immediate family members and still growing.

Lois was a proud woman who boasted about her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The Lorash house in Joliet became the local hangout for all of her children’s friends and was often overflowing.

During her 25 years as a teacher, Lois taught hundreds of students in Columbus, Elder Grove, Billings, Joliet and Boyd before retiring. Her love for teaching children did

not stop there. She continued substitute teaching and volunteering to help children in the Joliet community. She devoted many hours of instruction and attention to help her children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren with their studies.

Lois enjoyed caring for a large garden and canning the harvest. She was known to make delicious canned cherries, pickles and pears. Lois loved sewing, crocheting and spent countless hours making her children and grandchildren blankets.

During her “empty nest” years, you often found her caring for elderly members of the Joliet community. Lois loved to tell stories and gossip with her many dear friends. She had a quaint sense of humor that kept you thinking. Lois volunteered on the Carbon County Health Board and M.A.D.D. She had a true sense of community and was grateful for the opportunity to raise her children in rural Montana. As a fixture in the community for over 83 years, she will truly be missed.

Lois is preceded in death by her father Andrew Cyrus Caler, mother Allie Lee Johnson, adopted father Everett E. McVey, sisters Billie and Bettie, brother Jim, half-brother Ralph, granddaughters Justine and Allicia, husband Curtis Walter, grandson Timothy, and many relatives and close friends.

She is survived by sons and daughters: Curtis Jr. (Marty – Collin, Chadwick), Ed (Brenda - Jonathan, Christopher, Melaine, Greg), Kevin (Carmen – Nicholas, Skyler, Aliana), Kris (Elizabeth, Addysen, Kaitlyn), Kyle (Christine), Karla (Justin Feller - Chase, Taylor, Kassidy), Colleen (Mark Grady - Jaren, Alex, Austin, Chance.) and numerous spouses to grandchildren, great grandchildren, brother and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of life spanning eight decades of hairstyles followed by a meal will take place on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. at the Joliet Community Center, 209 East Front Avenue, Joliet, MT 59041. In lieu of flowers, please bring stories to share with friends and family.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Billings Clinic for their exceptional care of Lois in her final days.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Carbon Stillwater Community and Senior Programs (CSCS), PO Box 197, Joliet, MT 59041.