On Aug. 30, 2012, at 8:30 p.m. Thelma Juhl left the summer heat for the soothing comfort of Heaven where she will be living with God in a home built by Ira, her husband of nearly 65 years. She was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 7, 1924, and moved to the Pompeys Pillar area soon after. She was the second of two children born to Audie and Frances Sherrodd. Thelma grew up on a farm on the Huntley Project near the town of Nibbe. Her great-great-great-great uncle was William Clark the explorer. She met the love of her life Ira Juhl on a blind date to an alumni dance. After a five year courtship the couple married on June 2, 1946. After she had graduated from high school, she attended Billings Business College to become a secretary/clerk. The couple followed Ira’s job to several airports in Montana before finally settling in Billings in 1953. Her family, which eventually consisted of three daughters, and Ira, were her life; and she devoted her time to them. She enjoyed joining clubs and having various service positions. She was state president of the Extension Homemakers Organization as well as the president of the local O.A.K.S. where she and Ira danced up a storm. She was also on the board of the Pompeys Pillar Association. Thelma always kept herself busy and lived by the words that a woman’s work is never done. She excelled at cooking, sewing, and gardening, especially flowers. She liked neatness and conducted herself and her home accordingly. She was gentle and creative and focused, especially liking to write poetry and do crossword puzzles. She taught the girls to love everyone no matter what. She traveled extensively and visited all over the U.S. and Canada with Ira. The past year and a half have been particularly difficult since his passing. Words cannot express our sorrow in her passing after a short illness. Mom was our rock. But now we know she is with Dad in a much better place.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her sister Lucille Felton; and grandson James. She leaves behind daughters Donna Magruder (Scott), Carole Herzog (Pete), and Pam McChesney (Robert); as well as grandchildren Scott Herzog (Kendra), Michelle Prestegard (Matt), Andrew Seeman (Cassidy), and Teague McChesney; and great grandchildren Evan, Preston, and Amelia. We specially wish to thank her Billings Clinic doctors and staff for their caring and candor; and Pastor Eric Hutch for his comfort and expertise.
Thelma Juhl’s service will be on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. at Smith’s Downtown Chapel.