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Hallie (Lutzenhiser) George Praye
Hallie Praye

LAUREL - Hallie Praye was born in Columbus on Nov. 30, 1914, to John and Millie May Lutzenhiser. She suffered a stroke in 2001 and resided at Valley Health Care Center for several years. She died at the Billings Clinic Hospital, Nov. 21, 2008.

As a child, Hallie's family moved to Chelan, Wash., where her father had an apple orchard on First Creek. As a teenager, she was selected as the only girl on a boys' baseball team, and also she swam three miles across Lake Chelan. At age 15, Hallie's mother died and shortly afterward, the family moved back to Montana.

At age 19, she married Karl E. George on Nov. 19, 1933. They had a gas delivery business to ranches and later built a gas station in Absarokee. In 1940, they sold the station to Marion George, Karl's brother, and built a gas station in Laurel. Karl and Hallie worked together at the Tower Service (a 65 foot tower was erected) for many years. During this time, they had three children: Eugene, born in 1937; Carol, born in 1940; and Janie, born in 1952. When Karl retired, they moved north of Laurel to 1305 Valley Drive. Karl died of a heart attack on Dec. 13, 1974.

Hallie always loved gardening and flower arranging and was a longtime member of the Unity Garden Club. She was a flower judge at garden shows and was a co-chairman of the flower department at the Midland Empire Fair for 25 years. She enjoyed working with kids in scouting and 4-H and also served as a volunteer at the Deaconess Hospital for 20 years. She was an election judge in Laurel for many years also. Hallie was an avid reader and enjoyed books of history and current events, and loved to crochet and to travel.

In 1977, she married Clyde A. Praye. They lived in their home north of Laurel. He died of cancer on April 10, 1992.

Hallie was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved people and had a gift of hospitality.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; her brother, Ralph Lutzenhiser; her sisters, Ella Castagne, Adeline Huver, Mary McMullen, Lilly Sebring; and her son, Eugene George.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Joyce Lutzenhiser; her daughter-in-law, Linda George of Athens, Ala.; her daughters, Carol M. Bernhardt (husband David) of Billings, Janie M. Duncan (husband Chris) of Monrovia, Calif.; and six grandchildren, Lance George, Vance George, Todd Bernhardt, Kayleen Hanson, Dustin Duncan, Cody Duncan; and seven great-grandchildren.

Hallie was a very special lady and tried to be an encouragement to everyone. She loved spending time with her friends and family and going to church. Hallie loved the Lord and had accepted Him as her personal Savior, and was baptized. She had a generous, kind heart, and will be missed by all.

Services will be Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m., at Faith Evangelical Church on 32nd Street West, one block south of Central. There will be a lunch after the funeral, with burial services following the luncheon at the Roscoe cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Hallie's name to Laurel Community Hope at 204 Cedar Ave., Laurel, MT 59044.

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