Carla Ann Lawson Hunt


Carla Ann Lawson Hunt, 69, of Great Falls, died of natural causes Tuesday, April 23, at Peace Hospice.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Croxford Funeral Home. Memorial service is 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28th, at the Elks Club, 500 1st Ave. S.

Carla was born in Great Falls, June 29, 1943, and attended school in Raynesford. The family later moved to Great Falls where Carla graduated from Great Falls High School. Carla began working at the age of 14 for Scotty's Truck Stop as a dishwasher and waitress. She continued to work at the various establishments in the 1960's, including the Beacon Bar and Polar Bear Café. In 1972, she took a job with the original Columbus Hospital, working as a nurses' aide and later as ward secretary. Carla also later worked in medical records as a coder. She retired from the hospital in 2005, but continued to work part time for Benefis at home until 2011.

Carla married Bill Hunter in 1961. They had one child and divorced in 1962. In 1969, she married Larry Strickland, they divorced in 1976. Carla married Pete Schultz in 1983, and was widowed in 1989. She later married Ivan Hunt and was again widowed in 1998.

Carla enjoyed many outdoor activities and traveled the country in an RV for many years. She took back country trips into the mountains where she enjoyed fishing and horseback riding. She loved her home and many gardens and had a vast knowledge of flowers. She liked the outdoors and the changing seasons. She was especially close to her "very special cousin" Denise Gray, and remained in touch with her childhood friends, Trina Foos, Marilyn Malchow, Janet Anderson and Dorothy Johnson.

Carla was a member of the B.P.O. Does at the Elks Club since 1987, serving as president twice and state president in 2006. Her devotion to the Does was immeasurable, volunteering up until a few weeks before her death.

Carla was always concerned more about others than herself and was known for serving others, dropping everything to help someone in need. She volunteered for Toys for Tots.

Carla was a member of the Little Shell and Athabascan Native American tribes and was proud of her heritage.

She is survived by her son, Rick Lawson of Great Falls; brother, Carl Lawson of Missoula; granddaughter, Meghan McKee of Great Falls; grandson, Rhoen Fay-Lawson of Cody, Wyoming; and great-granddaughter, Mia McKee of Great Falls.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Lois Lawson; and former husbands, Pete Schultz and Ivan Hunt.

Memorials are suggested to be sent to B.P.O. Does or Peace Hospice.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Apr. 26, 2013