Our loving mother Lois Jane Wagner peacefully went to be with the Lord Feb. 1, 2011.
She was the daughter of Clifford L. Smith and Rose Ella (Hamilton) Smith, born in Hardin on Aug. 4, 1921. She lived her early life on a ranch east of Lodge Grass on Grey Blanket Creek. She graduated from Lodge Grass High School and Business College at Sheridan, Wyo.
She worked at the BIA office in Crow Agency for five years, then moved to Hardin where she met Howard E. Wagner, Jr. They were married in Miles City and moved to the Laurel area in 1961 to a ranch south of Laurel. It was a wonderful place to raise their three sons: Terry, Alvin and David. The family enjoyed rodeo, and the boys participated in rodeo at the high school, college, NRA and PRCA level. Howard and Lois traveled many miles to see them participate. They spent lots of time enjoying their grandchildren in all kinds of sports also.
Howard retired in 1983; they traveled south for the winter for 17 years. Lois retired in 1982 from years at Laurel Federal Credit Union, Billings U.S. Federal Credit Union and IFG Leasing. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and also served as secretary-treasurer of the Montana High School Rodeo Assn.
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She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 2004 after 57-1/2 years of marriage; a brother, Clifford H. Smith, and a granddaughter, Cami Lou.
She is survived by sons, Terry (Jan) of Miles City, Alvin (Judy) of Park City and David (Barb) of Billings; grandchildren, Ryan (Stef) of Sheridan, Wyo., Jase (Sarah) of Minneapolis, Minn., Ross (Casey) of Fromberg, Tiffany of Park City; CB (Traci) of Billings and Bo (Brooke) of Billings and nine wonderful great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place with Smith's Funeral Home. A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at Westside Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, and if one chooses to, donations may be sent to Missionary Work at Westside Baptist Church, 323 S. 32nd St. W., Billings MT 59102.
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