HIGHWOOD Loretta D. (Knoll) Kind, 87, of Highwood, died from complications of Alzheimer's disease Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Missouri River Medical Center in Fort Benton.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at O'Connor Funeral Home. Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Central Assembly of God. O'Connor Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Loretta was born Jan. 7, 1926, in Bismarck, N.D., to Anton and Albina Knoll. The family soon moved to Kalispell, where she was raised and educated. She worked at Woolworth's until 1943, until she was united in marriage to Charles N. Kind in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. She then took on the job of homemaker and mother. In 1958, the family moved to Highwood, where all six of her children were raised and educated. She worked by her husband's side at the Kind Family sawmill for the next 30 years.
Loretta was a vital part of the Highwood community. She was a member of the Highwood Senior Citizens, Highwood Community Church and was a Shonkin Busy Beavers 4-H Club leader.
Her husband, children and grandchildren have said that Loretta was the best cook that ever lived. Her bread and homemade buns were fabulous! She taught many of her children her sewing and cooking skills. She was an avid sports fan, and was always there at all of her children's and grandchildren's games (basketball, baseball, volleyball, track and football). Loretta loved gardening, sewing, cooking, canning, fishing, camping, card playing and any other activity that included family. She especially loved it when she would catch the most and the biggest fish!
She was the most loving and kindhearted woman who we have had the privilege of knowing. Her beautiful and quiet spirit is loved and missed by all.
Loretta is survived by her husband, Charles Kind of Highwood; daughters, Sandy (Bill) Zanto, Laurie (Larry) Baum, Holly Willis, all of Highwood, and Renee (Arnold Jr.) Kotthoff of Shonkin; sons, Chuck (Carol) Kind of Great Falls and Darwin (Cheryl) Kind of Ulm; brother, Vern (Phyllis) Knoll of Kalispell; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews on both sides.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Albina and Anton Knoll; sister, Jeannie (Knoll) Grubb; and brother, Don Knoll.
Condolences may be left online at www.oconnorfuneralhome.com.