Lillian Rachel Murrill

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Lillian Rachel Murrill passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2009, in Bozeman, at the age of 94. She was born in Enaville, Idaho, on December 30, 1914, to Ernest and Mary (Matson) Maki, the third of five children.

She attended Enaville, Idaho public schools to the eighth grade. Her parents, recent immigrants from Finland, worked hard to make a new life in America. Lillian lost her father to a logging accident at the age of thirteen, requiring her to take on a significant role in raising her two younger brothers. Lillian learned the value of hard work and self reliance at an early age.

Lillian married Walter Jarvey in Wallace, Idaho, on November 6, 1935. They raised their children, Ron and Dorothy, in Smelterville, Idaho. Walter passed away in 1972.

Lillian worked at the Wardner Hospital in Wardner, Idaho, from 1955 to 1959. In 1959, she transferred to West Shoshone Hospital in Kellogg, Idaho, retiring in 1980 as the central services supervisor.

In 1981, Lillian moved to Miles City to be near her daughter and family. From 1982 to 1987, Lillian worked for Friendship Villa nursing home as a nurse's aide. After retiring again in 1987, Lillian was involved in the RSVP, Miles City Senior Center and St. Vincent's thrift store as a volunteer. Lillian loved her home in Miles City. She was especially proud of her roses. In 2003, Lillian moved to Belgrade following her daughter and family to the Gallatin Valley. Lillian found a wonderful apartment and fully enjoyed her years in Belgrade. In December, due to ill health, Lillian moved to Bozeman to live with her daughter and family.

Lillian was a Christian, confirmed in the Lutheran Church. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Miles City.

Lillian loved crafts, sewing, latch hook, quilting, reading, crossword puzzles, cinnamon rolls and coffee, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, breakfast with the girls and making Raggedy Ann dolls every Christmas to give to Toys for Tots; and Madison, her favorite black lab friend.

Lillian was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter; sister, Ingabori; and brothers, Sulo and Allan. She is survived by her brother, Bill Maki, of East Wenatchee, Wash.; daughter, Dorothy (Robert) Williams, of Bozeman; son, Ronald (Marjeane) Jarvey, of Spokane, Wash.; granddaughters, Michelle (Eric) Galey, of Spokane, Wash., Rona Gallinger, of Wallace, Idaho, Roxy (Ron) Boone of Spokane Valley, Wash.; grandson, Kent (Christie) Jarvey, of Kingston, Idaho; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mom, I love you very much and miss you with all my heart, but I know you are now free of all your pain.


A precious one from us has gone. A voice we loved is stilled; a place is vacant in our home, which never can be filled. God in His wisdom has recalled Lillian and though the body slumbers here, the soul is safe in Heaven.

Cremation has taken place and Lillian will be interred in Pinehurst, Idaho, next to her husband, Walter. Memorials can be sent to The Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, PO Box 11390, Bozeman 59719. Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service,
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 31, 2009
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