HARLOWTON Tena Irene Davis Krause, 82, of Harlowton, passed away on March 26, 2005, along with her husband Harold, as a result of an automobile accident south of Harlowton.
Irene was born on July 11, 1922, to Harry and Ida Lode on the family ranch north of Harlo. She grew up there and graduated from high school in 1940. She obtained a teaching degree from Eastern Montana College and taught in the Harlowton area until 1948.
On May 22, 1948, she married Alfred E. Davis in Harlo, where they built a beautiful log home together and raised five children. Irene was a loving mother and wife who devoted all her time and energy to raising a family. She loved gardening, cooking, sewing, piano/organ music and was active in her church, community and her children's school events. Alfred preceded her in death in April 1990.
Irene married Harold Krause on April 27, 1991. Together they played accordion and loved music and traveling. She was active in American Legion, Harlowton Senior Center, Trinity Lutheran Church, American Fork Club and numerous musical events. Irene crocheted and knitted for all her grandchildren. She loved to play pinochle and be with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Harim (Helen) Lode; sister Janette (Roy) O'Hagan; brother-in-law Murrel Kratzer and sister-in-law Thelma Lode.
She is survived by her children, Roy (Mary) Davis of Polson, Lynn (Marilyn) Davis of Missoula, Nathan (Deb) Davis of Harlo, Martha (Rick) Bouchard of Billings, Sarah (Charles) Brown of Greensboro, N.C. She is also survived by her brothers, Harold Lode and Henry "Bud" Lode (Mary Pearl) of Harlo; and sister Gertrude Kratzer of Red Wing, Minn.; grandchildren Cory Davis, Callie Davis, Jenny and Shawn Peters, Nick and Lindsey Bouchard, Tina Bouchard, Jill Bouchard, Shane Davis, Michelle Davis, Ryanne Brown, Jordan Brown; and great-granddaughter Brilee Peters; along with Harold's children and grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, who were all the light of her life.
We are all saddened that her life ended so suddenly, but know she has moved on to a happier, peaceful place. We will miss her dearly.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, April 1, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Harlo, with interment in Harlowton Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Faith Center following the interment for a luncheon by the Lutheran Churches. Family requests memorials to Wheatland County Hospital & Nursing Home, Harlowton Senior Center, Trinity Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice. Perkins Funeral Home assisted the family with the services.