May 13, 1926 – Dec. 29, 2013
Lora Mae Margaret (Wagner) Howe, 87, died on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at the Eagle Cliff Nursing Home in Billings, where she was surrounded by her husband Lou and other family members. A brief memorial service was held before she left the room that she and her husband shared in the nursing home for the past two years.
Lora Mae was born on May 13, 1926, in Sunlight, Wyo. She married Lou on Jan. 10, 1947, in Billings.
She and her husband lived in many places throughout their 66-year marriage, but the place that they called home and raised their four children was on Miles Avenue near 24th Street in Billings. She devoted her life to her children and taking care of her husband.
She worked whenever there was a need for extra income, however, her forte was watching over four rambunctious kids who never tired of playing sports and causing havoc on a frequent basis. After raising their four children to “adulthood,” Lora and Lou helped build four power plants in Colstrip. They also ran the Joliet Motel for several years. They finally settled down again at their new house on Constellation Trail in Billings.
They had many good years at their new house, particularly, with their two grandchildren, Alison and Adam, who lived only a few blocks away. Lora and Lou attended almost every sporting event of Alison and Adam, particularly basketball. They even made trips to as far away as Great Falls and Helena to watch their grandchildren. Lora truly lived a full and long life.
She was preceded in death by her parents Christian and Dora Wagner; brothers Paul (Garnet) Wagner, Bobby (Lucille) Wagner and Teddy (Della) Wagner; and sisters Sally Wagner and Susie (Don) Haugan.
Survivors include her husband Louis “Lou” or “Grant” Howe of Billings; children Sandra Blackburn of Astoria, Ore., Steve of Park City, Mont., Marvin (Susan) of Glendive, Mont., and Gary (Sheila) of Billings; brothers Chris (Givonna) of Alvadore, Ore., Phillip (Jo Ann) of Lovell and Jack (Shirley) of Billings; sisters Gloria (Bob) Bell of Powell and Rachel (Jim) Radden of Rock Springs; five grandchildren, including Stephanie (James) Cox, who was like a daughter, and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 2, at the Deaver United Methodist Church. Burial took place at the Deaver Cemetery.