Della F. Foreman

2011-04-03T00:00:00Z Della F. Foreman The Billings Gazette
April 03, 2011 12:00 am

Della F. Foreman passed away on Feb. 24, 2011, at Sapphire Suites in Billings. She was born on June 22, 1919, at the family home in Piniele, Mont. She was the daughter of O.J. and Caroline Brownfield.

She completed grade school at the country school, which her father built, and in Ekalaka. She graduated from Billings High School in 1937, and then attended Black Hills Teacher College. She received her bachelor of science degree from Eastern Montana College in Billings.

On Sept. 24, 1939, she was united in marriage to Rex Foreman - secretly - as her teaching contract at the time was void if she married.

Della was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of Sunset Chapter No. 64 of the Order of the Eastern Star, Worthy Matron (1956 to 1957), a member of the Retired Teachers' Association, and the American Legion Auxiliary 0004.

Della's years of teaching were very rewarding to her, and she took great joy in the 15 years she taught at the Yellowstone Boys Ranch. She was a fun-loving person who cared deeply for family and friends. She loved music, dancing, playing cards, cooking and taking care of her yard.

She was preceded in death by her husband Rex in 1980; her son Ron in 1982; her parents; four brothers, Earl, Lloyd, Edgar and Ben; and two sisters, Ethel and Nora; and her son-in-law James Lea. She is survived by her daughter, Janet Lea; several special nephews and nieces, Keith (Sandy) Brownfield, Dorwin Brownfield, Morris (Rita) Schallenberger, Allen (Dixie) Schallenberger, Gloria (Jerry) Rosencranz, Bob Brownfield, Donald Brownfield, Kenneth Brownfield, Orval Brownfield, Jean Ballantyne and Barbara Campbell.

At her request, cremation has taken place, with no planned services. She will be interred in the Brownfield family plot in Belle Fourche, S.D. Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice. Cremation & Funeral Gallery has handled the arrangements.

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