Ora M. Hansford passed from this earthly life to eternity with her Heavenly Father on Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, in Houston, Texas.
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She was born Aug. 27, 1914, in Osborne, Mont., to Lily P. Smith and Wiley A. Smith. She attended schools in the Billings area, graduating from Park City High School.
In Park City, she met and married the love of her life and husband of 70 years, Joe F. Hansford. Except for a few brief intervals, Ora spent her life in the area between Osborne and Bozeman until she moved to Texas, following Joe's death, to live with daughter, Karen, and her family.
Ora was very active until the last few weeks of her life. She was active in 4-H as a national prizewinning seamstress and later as the organizer and leader of the Bozeman Busy Bees Sewing and Cooking Club. She was a past worthy matron of the Lily of the Valley chapter of Eastern Star, and a daughter of the Mystic Nile.
Ora was a proud homemaker and often proclaimed that she felt fulfilled by her role as Talented Seamstress, (we didn't know much about "store clothes" until we saw such things at school), exquisite cook and working partner in three family businesses. Above all, she was a loving but firm mother to her children and anyone else we dragged home.
Ora was preceded in death by her parents; her two brothers, Wayne and Wiley Jr.; and her husband, Joe.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Curtis and Jenny of Tualatin, Ore.; her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Chuck King of Friendswood, Texas; and nine grandchildren: Alan Hansford of Corvallis, Ore., Gerald Hansford of Keizer, Ore., Kevin King of Dallas, Pamela Collier of Hillsboro, Ore., Kari Joe Woodling of Friendswood, Texas, Kirby King of Belgrade, Robert Hansford of Lafayette, Ore., Kimberley Burgess of Tacoma, Wash., and Rory Toney of Portland, Ore. She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous loving nieces and nephews who always admired and loved Aunt Ora and Uncle Joe.
Graveside services were held Saturday, Aug. 28, in Sunset Hills Cemetery.
In lieu of customary remembrances, donations may be directed to the organization of your choice: the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, 5005 Mitchelldale, Suite 115, Houston, TX 77092; or to the Shriners Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99210.
Arrangements were handled by Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 5, 2010