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Selma Lorine Twedt

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Selma Lorine Twedt, 92, of Great Falls, died of complications of a stroke Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Missouri River Manor.

Her funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1326 1st Avenue North, Great Falls. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery. Croxford Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Lorine was born in Great Falls on March 1, 1920, to Sam and Helen Johnson. She, along with younger sister Norma, was raised in the Tiger Butte community near Belt. She attended Belt schools and went on to earn a teaching certificate from Western Montana Normal College in Dillon. A one-room school was Lorine's first experience as an elementary teacher in the Knees area east of Conrad; she taught for 4 years in that area.

Lorine married Gordon Twedt on July 16, 1944, and lived in Anacortes, Wash., until Gordon completed his service with the Coast Guard. The couple purchased the Ulmen Farm south of Rudyard in 1946 and built a life there, raising three sons and becoming active community members. Lorine returned to teaching in the Rudyard and Hingham schools before moving to Great Falls in 1968, where Gordon served as president of Montana Farmers Union. Lorine and Gordon later owned and operated the Midtown Motel and Smitty's (now Perkin's) Restaurant from 1970-1983.

Many organizations were very important in Lorine's life, including holding offices in the Black Coulee Home Demonstration Club, Hill County Farmers Union, Montana Innkeepers Association, Great Falls Soroptomist Club, and The Montana State Democratic Women's Club. She was honored to represent Montana as a delegate at the 1968 National Democratic Convention in Chicago.

The Twedts enjoyed their winters in Mesa, Ariz., for many years. They both enjoyed helping with the organization of the Hill County and Montana picnics that were held in Mesa every year. Lorine lost Gordon in 1996 and remained in her Fox Farm-area home for several years before relocation to a retirement community and, eventually, assisted living.

Lorine's family appreciates the kindness and excellent care she received the last four years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister Norma Montgomery Bandel.

She is survived by her sons James (Suzie) of Aurora, Colo., Russell (Diana) of Rudyard, and William (Judy) of Great Falls; five beloved grandchildren; and five treasured great-grandchildren.

The family suggests donations be made to Montana Farmers Union Education Program, 300 River Drive North, Great Falls, Montana, 59401 or Peace Hospice of Montana, 1101 26th Street South, Great Falls, Montana 59405.

Condolences to the family may be posted on line at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Oct. 12, 2012
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