TERRY — Anne LaVerne Lane Pehl, age 85, of Terry passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the Prairie Community Nursing Home in Terry.
Anne was born on July 9, 1928, in Bismarck, N.D., to Vernon H. and Irene Anderson Lane. Anne was an only child. She was raised in Carson, N.D., and graduated in 1946 from Grant County High School. Anne graduated from MSU-Bozeman in 1950 with a degree in commercial science and was a proud member of Kappa Delta Sorority. Anne began teaching business and commercial at Terry High School the fall of 1950 and met a wheat farmer named John Pehl. After dating and Anne threatening to move to Alaska to teach, they were married Oct. 10, 1953. She lived on Broadview Bench the rest of her life.
Anne was a member of the Terry Community Presbyterian Church, taught Sunday school and loved Presbyterian Women’s Fellowship (Priscilla Circle). She was a 50-year member of Ash Creek Homemakers. Reading was a hobby of Anne’s (a non-TV watcher). She was a great cook and enjoyed taking many dinners to the summer harvest fields. Anne sewed most of her own, Carol Anne’s and Mary’s clothes in early years and even Carol Anne’s wedding dress. Knitting was also a passion as evidenced by the family’s many hand-knit sweaters, afghans and Christmas stockings. She gardened every summer raising flowers, vegetables and strawberries. Her outside chores included the chickens and barn cats as it “gave her fresh air every morning.” Anne was a staunch Terrier fan, loving fair play and good competition, as well as following her children and grandchildren in many sports and locations. Education and respect for teachers were very important and taught at home. All of her children graduated from MSU-Bozeman with agriculture-related degrees, a tribute to the life and love they felt at home.
After 51 years of marriage, John passed away in 2005, and Anne lived four more years on the farm. In 2009 she entered the Prairie County Nursing Home. We thank the wonderful staff and residents for the love and care these five years. Her final words were, “the cookies (Carol Anne’s) were wonderful!”
Anne is survived by her children Carol Anne (Tom) Sparks of Plevna, Andy (Nancy) Pehl of Terry, Wade (Velda) Pehl of Belle Fourche, S.D., and Dr. Mary (John) LeMieux of Manning, N.D.; her grandchildren Frank Sparks, George Sparks and William Sparks of Plevna and Katy Sparks of Miles City, Leslie Pehl of Circle, Erin (Jonathan) Elenbaas of Billings and Ben (Rita) Pehl of Terry, Nathaniel Pehl of Bozeman and Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Samuel Pehl of Jacksonville, N.C., Morgan, Hayes and Garrett LeMieux of Manning, N.D.; sisters-in-law Alice Pehl of Terry and Evelyn Jones of Cody, Wyo.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Terry. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 24, at 11 a.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church in Terry. Interment will follow in the family lot of the Prairie County Cemetery in Terry. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Terry is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Prairie Community Hospital Foundation or to the Community Presbyterian Church of Terry.