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Lorraine A. (Adams) Bohleen

May 3, 1924 — December 22, 2021

Lorraine A. (Adams) Bohleen, 97, of the Shields Valley, passed away Wednesday, December 22, 2021. A funeral service in honor of Lorraine will be held on Wednesday, December 29, beginning at 2:00 P.M., hosted at the Livingston Christian Center. There will be a viewing held at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery. Lorraine was born to William and Nancy (Williamson) Adams on May 3, 1924 in Clyde Park, Montana. Her sister, Alice was born in 1926 and a short time later, their father died and six weeks later her mother got smallpox. She remembered a County Health person pounding a "Quarantined" sign in the yard. When well, her mother took in laundry for the crews building the highway. Later she got a job cooking for widower Tony Lennemann's threshing crews near Wilsall. He had two children, Bernard and Berneice. Tony and Nancy got married in 1929 and had two children Doris and Frank. From an early age Lorraine loved the outdoors, fixing things and building things. When the girls got baby dolls for Christmas, Lorraine took the crier out of Alice's doll to see what made it work. Then had to give Alice her own doll after her ‘operation' was unsuccessful. At Wilsall High School she played was in band, basketball, and sold ads for the school yearbook. She often said that might have been her career except for the fact she met Arthur B. (Bud) Bohleen, Jr., and they married on September 24,1941 and had two children, Lois and Ron. Bud returned home from the Army in 1946 and they moved to the ranch on Adare Creek where Lorraine spent the next 75 years. Bud passed away May 26, 2016. They were married 74 years. They spent all of those years working side by side raising cattle and hay. Bud liked fixing and building things too. They built Bohleen horse trailers, and in their 70's restored 13 IH tractors, one of each series. Bud did the mechanical work and Lorraine was the painter. They loved and served the Lord together. She especially loved and enjoyed her grandchildren who called her "Gram". She cherished her Shields Valley Bible Study (17 years) and Tuesday Coffee at Living Hope Church where she was a member. She is a past president of the Park County Pioneer Society. She and Bud were chosen Old Settlers Days Grand Marshalls in 2006. Rodeo was a big part of their lives. Lorraine filmed miles of 8mm movies of 4-H events and rodeos. However, with Bud and then on her own, coffee and visits with family and friends were the highlights of their lives along with all of you in her life these last years. She looked forward to sharing a home with Lois where they moved this week to a house two doors down from where she was born. To her last day, she would say with a smile, "The Bible says, "Let us not grow weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap a harvest, if we don't give up!" What a wonderful life she lived. Lorraine is survived by her daughter, Lois Olmstead and her children; Todd (Lisa) Olmstead, Kevin (Kathie) Olmstead and Ross Olmstead; son, Ron (Sherri) of Big Piney, Wyoming, and their children, Lynnda Kaye (Pete) Thompson and J.R. (Bev) Bohleen; grandchildren Justin, Tyler, Taryn, Chancee, K.C., Tracy, Dustin, Saige, Wyatt, Emma and Justin; and six great-grandchildren and many family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sisters and brothers and many other family members.Memorials may be made to the Park County Pioneer Society, C/O LouAnn Skattum, 10 MacDonald Creek Rd, Livingston, MT, 59047 the Living Hope Church Building Fund, 226 South 3rd St., Livingston or charity of your choice. Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.
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