Carol (Corky) Marguerite (Hubing) LaRowe Jensen quietly waltzed into Heaven on November 25, 2018 at the McCone County Health Center right after her beloved husband Earl finished singing to her. Carol was born on December 1, 1932 at Glendive, Montana to Albert and Helene (Garfield) Hubing. She joined siblings, Ann, Robert, Jean, and Dale and was raised on the family ranch. She acquired the nickname Corky from Grandma Eaton, who was staying with the family while Helene was ill. Carol had natural curls which were curled into “corkscrew” curls, thus the name Corky.
She graduated from High School in Glendive and began her working career. She worked as a bank teller/cashier for 9 years, at the Selective Service and as the Circle High School Secretary for 24 years. On June 5th, 1955 she married Gene LaRowe at the home of Corky’s parents. Along with mom’s aforementioned jobs, she and Gene raised horses, cattle and ran a rural mail route.
Corky and Gene had 45 years together and had 3 children, Jim, Todd and Ellen. In July of 2000 Gene passed away and left behind Corky, their children and six grandchildren.
In 2001 Corky married Earl Jensen and added many more members to her family. Corky and Earl had seventeen years together and felt very blessed to have the love and companionship they shared after both losing their spouses to illness.
She was known for her gift of hospitality. Her door was always open to visitors and her first thought was to offer you tea, food and conversation. In their early marriage, She and Gene “boarded” several kids who needed a “town place” to stay while attending high school in Circle. There were many happy stories regarding those kids and resulted in lifetime friendships. Corky loved her job as the CHS secretary; her co-workers, bosses, students and the challenges involved. She influenced many with her sincere “no nonsense” care for every one of them.
She delighted in people, especially her children, their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always an active lady and enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting and many summers were spent painting the corrals; Barnyard Red came in a 5 gallon bucket and she went thru many. She was known for walking at a brisk pace and unless the weather was extremely nasty she walked everywhere; including the 1/2 mile to and from school for 24 years. Many lifelong friendships were formed from her active participation in the Circle Evangelical Church, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, horse related events, and the Friendship Homemakers Club. She cherished the friends made at the school and postal service. Corky and Earl often shared stories with each other and us about mutual friends and memories.
As Corky’s health declined Earl and family cared for her until she entered the Nursing Home in April of 2017. Earl continued to faithfully visit her nearly every day and assist her with her needs. They enjoyed each other’s companionship very much. She will be missed, but we can rejoice in knowing that she is in the presence of Christ.
Corky is survived by her husband, Earl; her children Jim (LeahAnn) LaRowe; Todd (Rose) LaRowe and Ellen (Neil) Jensen; her grandchildren, Cody LaRowe, Nicole LaRowe, Clint (Nycole) LaRowe, Lee (Lily) Jensen, Naomi (Tim) Specht, Sarah (Daniel) Meuchel, and greats; Joshua LaRowe, Lyv LaRowe, Aralyn, Clancy, James and Brogan Jensen, and Soren Specht. Her bonus family of Barbara Bailly, Marilyn (George) Sorensen, Wes (Cheryl) Jensen, Jan (Dean) McCabe, more grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her sister, Jean Dekker and Brother Dale Hubing and many nieces, nephews and greats. She was blessed by a family that loved very her much.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Gene; Sister, Ann Conger; Brother, Robert Hubing and son-in-law Mark Jensen.
A memorial service will be held at the Circle Evangelical Church in Circle, MT on December 1, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be held at a later date. Should friends desire memorials can be made either to the Red Water Valley Ambulance service, the McCone County Nursing Home or a charity of one’s choice. Condolences can be made to the family by visiting stevensonandsons.com.