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Los Angeles, Calif. — Long time Montana resident Lucille M. Oliver passed away on Dec. 16, 2009, in Los Angeles, Calif. She was 98 years old. Ms. Oliver had spent most of her life in Billings or other communities in eastern Montana.

Failing health caused her to be confined to a Southern California nursing home for the last few years.

Ms. Oliver was born on Oct. 1, 1911, on  a ranch near the small town of Ekalaka. Her mother, Edna Roby, was a housewife who died when Lucille was just eight years old. Her father, Charles Miles, a rancher and farmer, died when she was 20. At the time of his death she was a student at Spearfish College in South Dakota.

In 1932, she married Foster L. (Chat) Oliver. Their first child, Vaughn, lived only six weeks after birth. Their second child, Donald L. Oliver, was born in 1936 and his sister, Kate Oliver was born in 1941 and now makes her residence in Edmonds, Wash.

The marriage of Lucille and Chat Oliver ended in divorce in 1957. She loved to travel and “see the world” usually from a deck of a large cruise ship.

Ms. Oliver is survived by her two children, Donald Oliver of Missoula and Kate Oliver of Edmonds, Wash.; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three grandchildren.

No services are planned.

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