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Lois E. Killion

Dec 26, 2012 - Staff

Lois E. Killion, a longtime Lander resident, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Nampa, Idaho, of complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was 89 years old.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at the Chapel of Mount Hope, Hudson's Funeral Home in Lander. Pastor Larry Ramsfield of New Life Christian Church of Worland will officiate, followed by burial at Mount Hope Cemetery. Viewing will be 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at the funeral home.

Lois Evelyn Killion was born Feb. 16, 1923, in Valentine, Neb., the daughter of Charles and Emma (Langston) Prugh.

She attended school in the area and married Thomas James Killion on Sept. 27, 1939. Two years later, the couple's first son, Robert, was born.

Mrs. Killion worked as a rural mail carrier until 1946. That year the Killions moved to the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming, where they had two more children, Daniel and Emma Jean. While in the Big Horn Basin, Mrs. Killion worked in a beanery plant in Basin and as a waitress in Greybull and Worland.

In 1954, the family moved to Lander, where Mrs. Killion continued working in food service for eight more years. In 1962, she graduated from Lander Beauty School and started Lois' Beauty Shop in the Hallam Building on Lincoln Street. She ran the business for 24 years until retiring in 1986.

Her family said after she retired she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, crafting, doing crossword puzzles, sewing and crocheting. In 1985, she began painting, and she won awards for her western landscapes and portraiture. She was also an avid churchgoer and a member of the "After 5" club of Lander.

As her husband's health declined, Mrs. Killion spent more time at home caring for him. After he died in 2006, she moved to Nampa, Idaho, to live with her son Robert.

She is survived by three children, Robert "Bob" Killion of Nampa, Idaho, Daniel "Dan" Killion of Green River, and Emma Jean Scott of Worland; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother Walter Prugh of Kempter, Texas; and sister Freida Brinda of Lander.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years; two sisters; and one grandchild.

Memorial donations can be made directly to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C., 20090.

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