Lois Ann Botsford
1939 - 2021
Garden City Funeral Home
1705 West Broadway
Missoula, MT

Lois Ann Botsford

Lois Ann Botsford, 81, of Frenchtown passed away peacefully on July 11, 2021, at St. Patrick's Hospital. She was born to Clement and Veronica Stokes on August 4, 1939, in Bloomington, IL.

She spent her youth showing cows, pigs, and sheep. During her last year of 4H she won showmanship in all three. She also won the Thomas C. Wilson Scholarship for women. Talents did not just lie in 4H, but also allowed her to be the state VP for Future Homemakers of America, won a national award for a best recipe from Betty Crocker and a finalist in Miss Illinois – Miss America pageant and won Miss Congeniality.

The wide variety of involvement continued as Lois and her husband, Terry K. Botsford (married March 23, 1965) settled in the Missoula and eventually Frenchtown. She was president of Young Lawyers and Lions Club before women were allowed to join, member of the Toastmasters Int'l, a local bridge club, member of the building committee for the existing Frenchtown HS, and founding planner for the Bronc's Shopping Center. No greater accomplishment did she have than her family – there was ALWAYS an opportunity to brag about them, cheer them on, or show her love. Faith and belief in God carried her every day.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Clement and Veronica Stokes; siblings, Patrick, Edward, and Leo; and her husband of 52 years, Terry.

She is survived by her children, John (Shelley) of Bismarck, ND, Patricia (Chad) of Puyallup, WA and Michael of Frenchtown; Granddaughters, McKayla of Conrad, Madison (fiancé' Alex) of Cincinnati, OH, Lauren of Omaha, NE and Jessica of Bismarck, ND; Her sister Irene of Phoenix; and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

The children wish to thank the multitude of staff and providers that cared for our mother with gracious heart and loving hands. We are forever humbled. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Watson's Children Shelter.

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Published by Missoulian on Jul. 13, 2021.
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Lois was a lovely person with a big personality and I thought the world of her. Her family and friends have my condolences.
Laurie Dunagan
July 20, 2021
We are sorry to hear of the passing of Lois. We recall many happy visits with her in Great Falls and send our sympathy to the family.
Karyl and Dave Viste
July 16, 2021
I always called Lois my "other" mother since she was always family to me! We had so much in common including love of faith and family! Love you bunches, mom!!
Paula Marcinkowski
July 16, 2021
Blessing to all as you remember her with love
The Chapmans
July 13, 2021
So sorry to learn of your mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Allen and Debbie Tholstrom
July 13, 2021
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