May 3, 1919 – Jan. 10, 2013
Julia “Vee” Lynn Paris, 93, of Billings, died Jan. 10, 2013, at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, with her family by her side.
The daughter of Leonard and Julia (Hatch) Lynn, Julia was born on May 3, 1919, in Lovell. She was one of 13 children. On June 26, 1936, she married August “Gus” Paris in Lander. They were married for almost 61 years until his death on June 3, 1997. Together they raised four children.
Julia and Gus owned and operated the Wyo Cafe in Lovell from 1946 until 1958. They moved to Greybull, where they managed the Norris Hotel and Restaurant. In 1964 they moved to Billings, where together they managed and cooked at The House of Prime Rib and Prairie Tower. Julia retired in 1992 and enjoyed traveling with her daughter and son-in-law and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Julia loved the outdoors, camping, hunting, fishing and cooking around the campfire. Even into her 80s she slept in a sleeping bag in a tent. She loved family gatherings, especially “hamburger fries.” Never being one to sit still, Julia loved to walk, and even as her health deteriorated could be found wearing out the carpet with her walker at Central Court Village, where she resided until four months ago.
Julia’s faith, family and friends were very important to her. She was a faithful member of St. Pius X Church.
Survivors include her children, David Paris, Jean (Frank) Perusich and August Lynn (Laurie) Paris; her grandchildren, Dan, Debbie, Missy, Ed, Kathy (Brian), Dave (Christi), Robert (Becky), Nathan (Amy), Nicole (Mike) and Riley (Krissy); her great-grandchildren, Aleah, Dylan, Molly, Chance and Nathan; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, siblings, daughter Jerrie Fisher, grandson Danny Perusich and granddaughter Carol Paris.
The family would like to thank the staff at St. John’s for their compassionate care of their mother and grandmother during the last few months.
Vigil services were held at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Funeral Mass was conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Pius X Church. Rite of Committal followed in the Mausoleum at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorials can be made to St. Pius X Church, 18th St. W & Broadwater, or St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road. Michelotti-Sawyers is assisting with arrangements, and remembrances may be shared with the family by visiting www.michelottisawyers.com.