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Carol Lee Boyer (1937 - 2010)

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Carol Lee Boyer passed away Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, taking the Lord's hand as He led her home. She loved the Lord with all her heart and soul and served Him faithfully as a Christian and a mother. She is at peace. She is free.

Carol was born March 18, 1937, to Theodore Benjamin Piper and Joanne Lee Watkins in Salt Lake City. She was raised in Ennis, where she attended grade school and graduated high school in 1955.

She was baptized and married in the same quaint church in Jeffers, the Trinity Episcopal Church, where her final memorial services will be held, following her wishes.

Growing up near the power house in the channel of Ennis Lake, she enjoyed water skiing, snow skiing, camping, and treasured time spent fishing with her father. She also loved music and learned to play piano at her grandparents' home on Ennis Lake. She and her father braved the hard Montana winters to get her to school, oftentimes traversing the frozen Ennis Lake. Through the winters, she learned and excelled at snow skiing. She raced downhill skiing in high school on her favorite wooden skis, winning more races than she could recall.

She was in Rainbow Girls, where she received the Grand Cross of Colors. She was also in Eastern Star, and was junior leader in the local Ennis 4-H club. During her school years, she was also in Girls State and enjoyed playing the piano for the school choir. She attended business college in Butte, where, among other studies, she learned bookkeeping.

On Sept. 23, 1956, she married Lloyd Ray Gottlob at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Jeffers. Born to them were sons, Gary and Byron, and daughter, Diane, between the years of 1959 and 1964.

Carol married Charles Richard "Dick" Boyer Jr. on Jan. 19, 1978. During the children's formative years, she shared her love of Madison Valley and Ennis Lake with her children, and later with her grandchildren, teaching them all to water ski as part of her love of being on the water and boating. During the many years in Bozeman, she also taught her children and grandchildren to snow ski.

Her professional career as an office manager in automobile dealerships in Bozeman and Billings was highly respected by all who knew her and worked with her. She earned many professional business management awards from well-known companies, such as Ford, Chrysler, American Motors, General Motors, Mitsubishi and Mazda. With her well-established profession as an office manager, beyond performing her professional responsibilities, she mentored, coached and befriended many wonderful people through her life, cherishing their friendships for the many years to come. She is fondly remembered by many as the one supervisor who was also a very close friend and, oftentimes, their "big sister."

Carol moved to Billings in 1983, continuing her profession with Arland Chrysler Plymouth and later with Bob Smith Lincoln Mercury, working faithfully until her retirement in March 2002. She continued to live in Billings through remaining years. She thoroughly enjoyed arranging and making family photo albums for her children and grandchildren, and researching her family history.

She was preceded in death by her father, Theodore Benjamin Piper; mother, Joanne L. Kinsella; and grandson, Nathan James Hoell.

Carol is survived by her son, Gary Boyer and wife Margo; son, Byron Lee Boyer and wife Jill, and their children Sarah Marie, Benjamin Lee and Leann Marie; daughter, Diane Marie Hoell and husband Geoffrey, their daughter Sophia Marie and husband Jonathan Cok. Other surviving family members include her brother, Alan James Kinsella; aunt, Faye Watkins; cousins, Sherrie Wilkie, Judy Yoder, Tammy Armour, Edith Schroedel and David Piper.

One of her greatest joys in life was spending time with friends and family, who she would fill with wondrous joy and love. Her own words describe her love of family and friends: "The greatest blessing in my life are my children, son Gary and his wife Margo, son Byron and his wife Jill, daughter Diane and her husband Geoffrey, and my grandchildren, Sophia Marie and husband Jonathan, Nathan James, Sarah Marie, Benjamin Lee and Leann Marie; and so blessed to have so many wonderful family and friends."

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at Smith's Downtown Chapel in Billings, and at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Ennis, followed by interment in Madison Valley Cemetery. The casket is closed.

Memorials may be made to the COPD Foundation, 2937 S.W. 27th Ave., Suite 302, Miami, FL 33133.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 3, 2010
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