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LaVerne Margaret Jewell, 85, passed away on Nov. 2, 2010, at Aspen Meadows Retirement Home.

She is survived by her sons Gregory Holle, of Omaha, Neb., Grant Holle of Bigfork, and stepson Jerry Jewell of Soap Lake, Wash. She also has two granddaughters and one grandson, Kasie Holle of Kansas City, Mo., Kelsy Holle of Washington, D.C., and Christopher Jewell of Auburn, Wash.

She was born LaVerne Margaret Wilson, daughter of Robert and Frieda Wilson of Melstone, on Dec. 29, 1924. She grew up there, finishing high school and had two years of nursing school. She married Harold C. Holle of Youngtown, N.D., in 1946, and lived in Whitefish, where Greg and Grant were born. After moving several times, the family settled in Washington state in 1960. In 1964, she remarried to Edward L. Jewell of Columbus, Miss. He was an employee of the Boeing Co. in Seattle, and passed away in 2008. In 1971, she and Ed moved back to Melstone to care for her mother, where they lived until they moved to Billings in 2007 due to old age. LaVerne was like her mother by being very devoted to the Melstone Congregational Church. She took part in many activities involving the community, such as the all class reunions and even helping children in reading at the Melstone school. She also was a member of “The Judith Mountain Players” in Lewistown, and even wrote a play for them. Her love of music and natural ability and desire to dance was always a part of her character. While she stayed at Aspen Meadows after her husband died, she became a well-known resident to all the nurses for her spontaneous humor and uplifting personality. She will always be remembered for her unbounded love, bubbling spirit, and delightful sense of humor. She will be missed so very much.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at the Melstone Bible Church. Burial will follow in the Melstone Cemetery. Wier Funeral Home of Roundup is in charge.

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