Lois Elaine Tallman

Sunday, April 28, 2019
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Lois Elaine Tallman died peacefully on Good Friday, April 19, 2019 at Billings Clinic Hospital.

Lois was born on March 27, 1930 in Culbertson, Mont.to Herman and Hildur (Swing) Storkel. She was the youngest of six children and spent her early years in Fort Peck, Glasgow, and Red Wing, Minn. From age eight until seventh grade Lois lived on the family farm in Carlyle and then moved to Wibaux where she excelled in studies, piano, and friends. After graduating as Wibaux High School valedictorian, Lois attended nurse’s training in Aberdeen, S.D. where she met the love of her life, Jim Tallman, on a blind date. Jim and Lois were married on April 21, 1949. They would have celebrated 70 years of marriage on Easter Sunday.

Lois and Jim spent their early years with Jim’s family grain elevator painting business. The couple raised their five children in Wibaux and Glendive. For almost thirtyfive years, Lois and Jim were actively involved in the Glendive Evangelical Church. Twenty years ago the couple moved to Billings where they resided until Lois’ death.

Lois adored her husband and family and was always a blessing and encouragement to them. Above all, she lived to reflect the love of the Lord in all she did. Some years ago, when discussing her eventual death, Lois said, “I want to be a picture of Jesus to those in my life…the whole purpose of my life {is that} people would come to know the Lord.”

There are many stories and words to describe this remarkable woman – and not enough space or time to explain how very much she meant to her family and friends. Lois was compassionate and passionate, creative and adventurous, fun-loving with a delightful sense of humor, and an attentive listener. Lois was a pianist, singer, speaker, jeweler-store owner, Biblestudy teacher, artist, poet and word-smith, house remodeler, gift-giver, and encourager. She was a deeply committed Christ-follower and truth-seeker who loved studying and sharing the Scriptures. Lois showered those around her with her love and care and, along with Jim, was devoted to praying for her family and all others who came into her life.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Craig; her parents-in-law, Had and Martha Tallman; her brothers, Kenneth (Florence) Storkel and Conrad; her sisters, Beatrice (Ben) DeTienne, Phyllis (Wayne) Bailey, and Aimee (Howard) Finkle; niece, Penny Scammon; and nephews, Ken and Ron DeTienne.

Lois is survived by her beloved husband, Jim; daughters, Michelle (Rollin) Brask of Minneapolis, Corrine (Greg) Cross of Billings, Laurie Huotari of Fort Myers, and Wendy (Dean) Dubinsky of Seattle; 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren (and twins on the way); numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Lois’ legacy will live on through her family and the lives she touched.

A celebration of Lois’ life was held on Monday, April 22 at Smith Funeral Chapel, and interment was Tuesday, April 23 at Dawson Memorial Cemetery.

Cards can be sent to Jim Tallman, Vista, 3840 Rimrock Road, Billings, MT 59102.