Jennie Lukkes

Jan. 20, 1914 – Jan. 10, 2013

Loving mother, grandma, aunt and friend Jennie Lukkes, died Jan. 10, 2013, with her family by her side.  Jennie was born at home near Columbus, Mont., on Jan. 20, 1914, to Winnie and Fred Bokma.  She was welcomed by a brother Cornelius and a sister Rose.

Jennie attended the early grades of school in Columbus, boarding with different families, as the family homestead was too far away to make the daily trip to school.  She graduated from the eighth grade at the Cottonwood School.

She married R.J. Lukkes May 22, 1934.  To this union four children were born, Gene, Earl, Jim and Jane. The family lived on the Lukkes’ homestead 13 miles north of Columbus, and north of Reed Point before settling in the Columbus area. They later moved to their home on Rapelje Road, where she resided until six months ago, when she became a resident of the Beartooth Healthcare Community.

Jennie was a lady who devoted her whole life to her family.  Family meant everything to her, and she was proud of each member’s accomplishments. She was a very strong and determined lady.  Many lessons are taught in our lifetime, but she taught her family the most important of all – how to smile and be strong during the highest and lowest of times.  She dealt with life’s many challenges in a manner which her family will always cherish and remember.

Jennie was a long time member of the Columbus Homemakers and had been a member of the Columbus Garden Club for more than 50 years.  She held various offices in both organizations.

An avid flower lover, she raised many flowers, but especially loved her roses.  She loved to play cards and board games. Whether she won or lost didn’t matter, she just loved playing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, sister, husband, grandson Doug Swanson and daughters-in-law Kathleen and Wanda. She is survived by her children Gene “Fuzz” (Thelma) of Absarokee, Earl of Lovell, Jim (Grace) of Columbus and Jane Swanson-Webb (Dean) of Red Lodge; seven grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 15 step-great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; four step-great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and extended family who called her “Grandma.”

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Evangelical Church, 2 E 1st Ave N, Columbus.  Burial followed in the Mountainview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials may be made to the Columbus Garden Club, c/o Doreen Spano, 110 Judith Dr, Columbus; or Cystic Fibrosis, 6931 Arlington Rd, 2nd Floor, Bethesda, MD 20814; or the Christmas Exchange, Attn: Betty Ames, Beartooth Healthcare Community, PO Box 789, Columbus.

To send an arrangement call Valley Flowers & Gifts, 307-548-7101.

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