Lori J. "Kittin" Golden, 47, of Belgrade passed away surrounded by family members on Aug. 27, 2007.
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Lori was born in Bozeman, on Aug. 08, 1960, to Dan and Esther (Treichel) Nelson; she was a fifth-generation Gallatin Valley Pioneer. Lori was a very happy child growing up in Bozeman. At the age of 9, she won first place with her chocolate cake in the Winter Fair Bake-off.
Lori was very proud to be a member of the DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) in high school where she proved to be a leader, greatly enjoying her trips to Minneapolis with the club to learn about education. She also was an accomplished bowler, taking first place with her sister in the state bowling championship. Lori had a great love for the outdoors, but her greatest love was fishing which she was very good at, always catching the first, biggest and most.
During high school and after graduation, Lori worked as a waitress where she met her best friend, companion and true love of her life, Steve Golden. Together they built a lasting relationship of love, trust and commitment that would bond them together for life on Aug. 21, 1982, when they gave their vows of marriage at Lori's family home. Lori's love for the outdoors led them to snowmobile, ride motorcycles, ski, hunt and camp.
Lori lived to camp. In 1990 Lori and Steve bought a truck, boat and camper and they camped for the next ten years at Canyon Ferry Lake, earning the name "the Campersons" by their friends, leaving her with memories of the best times of her life.
In 1999 Lori was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, resulting with four major surgeries, leaving her unable to ever camp again. This changed her life, but not once did she give in. She kept the most beautiful spirit and positive attitude through it all. During this time, Lori took up growing orchids which she mastered, taking grand champion at her first orchid show. She had a magic touch with plants and flowers, she could get anything to grow.
She had a special love for animals. During her life she owned many cats and dogs, from childhood to present. She left behind five cats and two dogs whom she loved dearly.
Lori had a special talent for crafts; she made blankets, quilts and clothing. Among her fine work was very special beadwork. She had a gift to create many different designs which she crafted. She will also be remembered by many for her gift to bake. In 2002 Lori won second place at the Cupboard of Champions at the Montana Winter Fair. This decision took three hours by the judges to make.
Lori and Steve never had children but helped raise their nephew, Court, as their own. This was a very major part of Lori's life as she and her sister made a pact that they would raise Court together.
On Nov. 28, 2006, Lori was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. She faced a long hard battle with the most grace and positive attitude, never giving up, knowing that her love of her life was by her side every moment of the way. "I love you forever, 'Kittin.'"
Lori is survived by her loving husband, Steve; her mother, Esther Nelson; brother, Dan (Debbie) Nelson; and sister, Loni (Scott) Restvedt; a special family friend, sister-in-heart Anita Rudberg; nephews, Court Nelson, Tyler and Ryan Restvedt; uncles, Donald Treichel and Rubin Treichel; and aunt, Connie Treichel; along with extended family: a nephew, Sgt. Dana Ehlert and niece, Brenna (John) Randall.
Lori was preceded in death by her father, Dan A. Nelson Sr.; grandparents, and special aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Bozeman, with the Rev. Terry Hollister, chaplain at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service.
Memorials may be made to Bozeman Deaconess Hospice.
Condolences and special memories may be sent to the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 29, 2007