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Lois Lorraine Ophus

BIG SANDY -- Lois Lorraine (Littlefield) Ophus, 82, died Thursday at her home of cancer.

Her funeral is 2 p.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church in Big Sandy, with burial in Big Sandy Cemetery. A fellowship follows at the church. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home of Havre is handling arrangements.

Surviving are sons Glenn Ophus and Gary Ophus, and a daughter, Joanne Kibbee, all of Big Sandy; sisters Alice Weaver of Lewistown and Gwendolyn Wiederrich of Hardy Creek; seven grandchildren and three grandchildren.

Her husband, Alfred Ophus, died April 30, 2000. A grandson also has died.

Also surviving are brothers-in-law Roy Weaver and Howard Wiederrich and daughters-in law Linda and Eulalie Ophus. Her grandsons are Kevin and Mark Ophus of Great Falls, granddaughters April Clark of Jackson, Minn., Karen Kibbee of Fort Benton, Amy Ophus in the Army, Corinna (Tim) Bahnmiller of Big Sandy, Lianna (Conrad) Heimbigner of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; great grandsons Brad Rector of Jackson, Minn. and Sean Bahnmiller of Big Sandy; and great-granddaughter, Jackie Bahnmiller of Big Sandy.

Her grandson, Jason, has died.

Lois was born Jan. 14, 1920, to Fred and Effie (Davidson) Littlefield at Big Sandy. She attended grades 1-11 at Big Sandy schools, then graduated from Havre High School.

On June 9, 1941, she married Alfred Ophus in Missoula. To this union three children were born. They lived on the Ophus family homestead near Big Sandy, then moved to Great Falls for a while. After living in California, they moved back to the area southeast of Big Sandy in 1948 when they purchased the MacAnally farm. In 1973, the moved into Big Sandy.

She was a member of Bear Paw Chapter No. 100, Order of Eastern Star, Big Sandy United Methodist Church, Daughters of the Nile and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Lois also taught Sunday school in Big-Sandy for many years. She was well known in the community for the many wedding, anniversary and birthday cakes she made and decorated with love for friends and family members.

Memorials are suggested to Chouteau County Peace Hospice, Box 458, Fort Benton, MT 59442; or Gift of Life, c/o Benefis Foundation, P.O. Box 7008, Great Falls, MT 59406-7008.

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LOIS OPHUS †††††

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BIG SANDY - Lois Lorraine (Littlefield) Ophus, 82, died Thursday, May 2, 2002, at her residence of cancer.††

Funeral service is 2 p.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church in Big Sandy with Pastor Marvin Eldridge officiating. Burial is to follow at the Big Sandy Cemetery. Fellowship is to follow burial at the church.

Services and arrangements are under the direction of the Holland and Bonine Funeral Home.

Lois was born Jan. 14, 1920 to Fred and Effie (Davidson) Littlefield at Big Sandy. She attended schools in Big Sandy, grades 1 through 11, then graduated from Havre High School.

On June 9, 1941, she married Alfred Ophus in Missoula. To this union, three children were born. Alfred preceded her in death on April 30, 2000. They lived on the Ophus family homestead near Big Sandy, then moved to Great Falls for a while. After living in California, they moved back to the area southeast of Big Sandy in 1948 when they purchased the MacAnally Farm. In 1973, they moved into Big Sandy.

She was a member of Bear Paw #100 O.E.S., Big Sandy United Methodist Church, Daughters of the Nile, and The American Legion Auxiliary. Louis also taught Sunday school in Big Sandy for many years. She was well known in the community for the many wedding, anniversary, and birthday cakes she made and decorated with love for friends and family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Effie (Davidson) Littlefield; husband, Alfred Ophus; brothers, Robert and Dale; sisters, Lillian and Irene; son-in-law, Harry; grandson, Jason.

She is survived by sisters, Alice (Roy) Weaver of Lewistown and Gwendolyn (Howard) Wiederrich of Hardy Creek; sons, Glenn (Linda) Ophus and Gary (Eulalie) Ophus, both of Big Sandy; daughter, Joanne Kibbee of Big Sandy; one grandson; five granddaughters; two great-grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.

Memorials in Loisí honor may be made to Chouteau County Peace Hospice, Box 458, Fort Benton, MT 59442 or The Gift of Life Foundation, Box 7008, Great Falls, MT 59406-7008.

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