Lois Elvera (Hillner) Graham, 82, of Bozeman, passed away Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009. She was born Jan. 27, 1927, in Minneapolis to Elmer F. and Gunhilde A. Hillner.
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Lois met the love of her life, 2nd Lt. Wallace H. Graham, United States Marine Corps, on April 26, 1952, at a tea dance in West Los Angeles. They were married on June 12, 1952.
As a Marine Corps wife, Lois and family moved all over the United States and Hawaii, with each of her children being born in a different state. Lois embraced motherhood and raised a close-knit family who loved to pass the time playing card games and Yahtzee. She enjoyed many artistic endeavors including tole painting, cross stitch, cake decorating and baking.
She is survived by her husband, Wally; brother, Robert (Donna) Hillner of Tucson, Ariz.; daughters, Beth (Chuck) Hauge of Clyde Park, Cindy (Pete) Sandford of Monroe, Wash., Heather (Jay) Waite of Mountain Home, Idaho; and son, Craig (Ann) Graham of Caledonia, Miss.; nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Viewing for family and friends will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made in her name to the
, P.O. Box 22178, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718; or to Bozeman Deaconess Hospice, c/o the Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, 931 Highland Blvd. Suite 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 23, 2009