Our Heavenly Father lovingly called our dear mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her forever home on Oct. 25, 2014. Lilah was born March 8, 1925 to Walter Cline and Charlotte (Fisk) Cline in Ryegate, Mont.
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Lilah was the second born of four sisters. Phyllis was the oldest, Lilah came along 18 months later, Dolores (Buzz) 3.5 years later and Coleene 10 years later.
Shortly after Lilah was born, the Cline family moved from Ryegate to Great Falls where their father got a job in the mines. About three months later, he got a job in the Gallatin Valley and they moved to a little log house on River Road. The family eventually moved to the stone house on Amsterdam Road where their dad worked for the Sales Ranch.
Lilah graduated from Belgrade High in 1942. She met the love of her life, Rex Martin Duncan, at a basketball game at MSU. Rex graduated from Manhattan High in 1941. The two of them married on Oct. 31, 1946 at the stone house on Amsterdam Road.
Lilah and Rex had three children. Wally was born in 1948, Scott in 1953, and along came Ann in 1956.
Lilah loved her family dearly. They all spent the weekends and vacations camping, riding motorcycles, and snowmobiles in the winters. Once the kids and grandkids were in school, she faithfully attended all their sporting events … many years' worth!
Lilah retired from MSU after 30 years. She started working in the alumni office, then the registrar's office and lastly the Electrical Engineering Department where she spent the bulk of those 30 years. All this time, Rex was a policeman for the City of Bozeman and retired after 38 years of law enforcement.
The most important part of mom's life took place sometime after she was married. It was when she placed her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, acknowledged her sins and need for a savior. From this point on she grew in her new life as a Christian and wanted her family to follow the Lord so we grew up faithfully attending Grace Bible Church.
After all the kids left home, mom and dad moved to the Duncan Family Farm out Dry Creek and they started faithfully attending Dry Creek Bible Church.
Mom was preceded in death by her husband, Rex; parents, Walter and Charlotte Cline; her husband, Rex; her mother and father-in-law, Rex and Zena Duncan; her sister, Phyllis; and daughter-in-law, Kaye Dyk Duncan.
Mom is survived by her children; Wally, Scott, and Ann Brucks; her grandchildren; Wade (Kelly) Duncan, Marty (Kelli) Duncan, Jack Duncan, Aaron (Briana) Brucks, Ryan Brucks, Melody Brucks; seven great-grandchildren; and sisters, Dolores Tash and family, and Coleene Courville and family.
Lilah was kind and gentle, loving and giving, patient and positive. She was known as "Grandma" to her grandkids and "Nana" to the younger half of her great-grandchildren.
What a night it was for mom, she went to sleep and woke up in heaven – Finally Home.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Oct. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. at Dry Creek Bible Church with interment to follow at Dry Creek Cemetery.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 29, 2014