Ilo Jean Haywood Kailey was born August 31, 1921 to Guy T. and Ethel Drake Haywood in Forsyth Montana. Ilo went through the Forsyth school system and after graduation from high school in 1939, she entered nursing training on January 1940 at the Kahler Hospital School of Nursing which was affiliated with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota.
She graduated in June 1943 and became night supervisor of the care hospital in Rochester and held that position until she entered the University of Minnesota public health program in Minneapolis Minnesota.
Following her University schooling she married Vernon Kailey in 1944, who had just returned home after two and a half years overseas in World War II. They moved to Lincoln Nebraska where she became the director of nursing at the student health services at the University of Nebraska, and after a two-year Public Health nursing job in the Lincoln City Lancaster County Health Department.
Upon the graduation of her husband Vernon from the University of Nebraska they returned to Forsyth to be near Ilo’s aging parents, and in 1957 they moved to Miles City where she held a position as a traveling nurse for the State Department of Health. While serving in this job she started and supervised the first migrant health care clinics located from Sidney to Belfry Montana, including clinics up and down the Yellowstone River at Laurel, Billings, Hysham, Forsyth, Kinsey, and Glendive. While nursing in Miles City she served a term as president of the local Nurses Association, and a term on the Holy Rosary Hospital Advisory Board. For several years she was on the staff of the Western Institute Commission of the higher education for nurses headquartered in Bozeman, whose classes were held in various places in the state.
Ilo finished her nursing career as a retiree of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Miles City; her nursing services had spanned a total of 40 years.
Ilo loved her life with Vern and their family, and felt that her children were her greatest accomplishments, including the foster children she and Vern raised along the way. She is preceded in death by her parents, her only brother, Dr. Guy Haywood, her husband Vern, and her daughter Nancy. Surviving Ilo is her son Ty Kailey in New Hampshire, and Linda Sandvig in Western Montana. Ilo’s extended family of sons, and daughters-in-law, grandchildren, and great grandchildren have been very significant in her life and have given her a lifetime of encouragement and love.
Ilo passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the Holy Rosary Extended Care in Miles City.
A memorial gathering celebrating Ilo’s life will occur next summer. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Donations and gifts in honor of Ilo may be made to the Miles Community College School of Nursing through the Endowment Fund.