Lois Mae Ballard (1925 - 2015)

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Lois Mae (Storrud) Ballard died Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at the RiverStone Hospice House in Billings. She was born to Arnold and Clara (Olson) Storrud on May 8, 1925 in Walsh County, North Dakota. She attended several schools in North Dakota, graduating from Hoople High School in 1943. After graduation she joined the Cadet Nurse Corps and earned her R.N. degree from St. Luke's Hospital's School of Nursing in Fargo in March, 1946. She worked at various hospital maternity wards in the following years, ending up at St. James Hospital in Butte, Montana.

Lois married George D. Ballard, Jr. on Dec. 17, 1954. They raised their family on the Ballard family homestead west of Three Forks. During over fifty years spent on the ranch, she was a member of the First Baptist Church, Three Forks, where she served as the nursery director and teacher. Lois was an accomplished seamstress and often used her expertise in service to others. Gardening was a particular joy for her all of her life. She moved to Billings in 2005, where she resided until her death.

Lois is survived by her children: David (Paula) Ballard of Sammamish, Washington.; Teresa (Neal) Smith of Billings; Georgie (Sam) Martinsen of Billings; Leroy Ballard of Three Forks; Jonathan Ballard of Gillette, Wyoming; Jack (Lisa) Ballard of Red Lodge; and Martha (Rob) Daly of Joliet; thirteen grandchildren; and sisters, Rhoda Abbey and Verna (Joel) Knutson. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and ten siblings.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at First Baptist Church, Three Forks.

Memorials may be given to St. Labre Indian School, Ashland, MT 59004-1001; Holt International Children's Services, P.O. Box 2880, Eugene, OR 97402; or RiverStone Health Foundation, P.O. Box 1562, Billings, MT 59103.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 15, 2015
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