Lorie Mae Connor

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Lorie Mae Connor, age 63, of Glendive passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at her home in Glendive.

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

On a perfect fall day in 1954, Robert and Nora Hilliard welcomed their fourth child into the world-Lorie Mae. Nora would often remark to her Belle Prairie friends that Lorie had perfect Norwegian baby looks-much to the playful groans and eye rolls of her siblings.

As she grew up, it became apparent that Lorie had a larger-than-life personality. Her sense of humor and quick wit could turn the most mundane event into an adventure that made listeners laugh so hard they cried.

Lorie was well educated and earned her degree in Occupational Therapy at UND. This took her to Wyoming where she met her future husband, Duane Connor. From there she took a position as an OT for the Eastern Oregon State Mental Hospital in Pendleton, Ore.

It was during this time that Lorie received her most favorite title: mother. The bond that Lorie shared with her son Jorell was strong. Her fierce pride in the man he grew up to be was evident every time she spoke of him. She appreciated and adored her daughter-inlaw Justin, and did not shy away from the mother-in-law title. Just when she thought her heart could not get any fuller she was presented with a new title: Nana. Lorie loved to share photos and updates of her precious Reveille, and looked forward to her milestones.

Lorie was an amazing aunt. From fiercely competitive card games to board games of Sorry – family gatherings won’t be complete without her infamous “let me show you how its done” with a sassy head toss. She loved nothing more than to support her nieces and nephews in their various life pursuits. In recent years, she appreciated her new title of Binky bestowed on her by her knock knock joke partner-incrime great-nephew.

Lorie was preceeded in death by her parents, Robert and Nora.  

Surviving her is her son, Jorell (Justin) Connor; granddaughter, Reveille; siblings, Steve (Nadine) Hilliard, Leta (Joe) Yuricic, Herb Hilliard and Carol Hilliard; nieces and nephews: Shane (Trish) Hilliard, Stacey (Jesse) Grantham, Rob Yuricic, Sara Hilliard and Cali (Christian) Baker; greatnieces and nephews: Wynston and Lexy Ryder, Sy and Syd Hilliard, Ashlyn, Casey, Jerzie Grantham, and Gerald and Foster Baker; as well as many cousins and friends.  

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com.

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