Lyla L. Monaghan, 92, of Billings, passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings.
She had made Billings her home since October 2006 after residing in Clearwater, Fla. for 23 years. She is also a former longtime Livingston resident.
Cremation has taken place and a Rosary will be recited 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, and a mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Livingston with Rev. Wayne Pittard officiating. Graveside committal and burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory.
Lyla was born Feb. 23, 1919, in Taylor, N.D., the daughter of Rika Tammen and Lafayette Griffin. She graduated from Taylor High School, attended college in Minnesota, and then went to work at Bismarck Hospital in Bismarck, N.D. On June 9, 1942, she married James Paul Monaghan in Bismarck. During the early years of her married life, Lyla raised her family and worked at Bismarck Hospital, Fergus County Abstract Office in Lewistown, and assisted her husband in the State Farm Insurance Office in Livingston. In 1957, she went to work as Livingston's first local representative for Welcome Wagon International. Following her husband's death in 1971, she became the area representative until transferring to Clearwater, Fla. in 1983, and became Regional Vice President. Lyla retired in 1989.
Wherever Lyla lived she was always active in community affairs, church activities and was a fierce and feared bridge player. She also loved to travel the world.
In addition to her husband, Lyla was preceded in death by an infant son, two brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include her daughters, Patricia Kamrath (Bill) of Wilsall, Coleen Monaghan (Hugh Marconi) of Spokane, Wash., Peggy Monaghan of Red Lodge, Mont., and Sheila Wilson (Mark) of Billings; six grandchildren, Kelly Kamrath Sipes (Jeff), Blake Zarowny, Paul (Amy) Quick, Keegan Quick, Meghan Wilson Larsen (Peter) and Aaron Wilson (Kenady); and one great-granddaughter, Chandler Sipes.
If so desired, memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor's choice.