Lonna Dee Sutherland Wilson was born on Aug. 24, 1948, to Bill Sutherland and Juanita Carr Sutherland in Worland, Wyo. She grew up near Thermopolis, Wyo., until the family moved to Wilsall, Mont., where she graduated high school and later met the love of her life and husband of 43 years. She married Jay Wilson on June 14, 1969. They soon established a family and settled in Bozeman.
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Lonna was a determined and dedicated woman, both to her family and her faith, and she shared a vision with her husband to spread the Good News of the Gospel to all who wanted to hear it. She was a selfless example, a loving mother and "Grammy," a treasured sister, a caring daughter, a best friend, and an excellent wife and teammate whose focus remained on serving others until her last breath. She was passionate about education, having studied it in college and having helped to establish Bozeman Christian School, a ministry of Christ's Church in Bozeman in 1977. She remained dedicated to the school and to its focus. With her love, support, and training, the ministry has spread to several states and into India, Ghana, and the Philippines as others have shared in her vision and expanded it.
She is survived by her husband; her sisters, Kittie Donahue and family, and Willa Bywater and family; her uncle, Kenny Sutherland and family; and her children, Lori Wilson Shanahan and family, Luke Wilson and family, Matt Wilson and family, John Mark Wilson, Diamond Wilson, several nieces and nephews, and a huge church family that she loves as her own.
Lonna enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, music, and regularly attended performing arts and theater productions in the Bozeman/Belgrade community. She loved memorizing and quoting the Bible and her favorite memory verse was Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m. at Christ's Church in Bozeman.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 24, 2012