LaVonne “Lolly” Walterson, 79 of Miles City passed away on September 30, 2020. She is now in heaven with her beloved husband and many other loved ones. Lolly was born on September 13, 1941 to Linas and Viola Rufsvold in Fort Ransom ND. She grew up on the family farm in the beautiful hills of Fort Ransom and attended a one-room school house. Lolly fell in love with Millard “Walt” Walterson, and they were married on November 15, 1958 at the Standing Rock Lutheran Church in Fort Ransom ND. They moved to Miles City in 1961 and raised their 4 children.
The Walterson home at Knight was home for over 50 years. She loved decorating with pictures, collectable dolls and old wood she gathered from the family farm in ND. She would joke about the occasional strange noise from ghost of Mr. Rice talking to us. Our house was not only our home – it was the gathering place for all friends and neighbors, She always looked forward to family and friends visiting for the Bucking Horse Sale each year
Mom had so many wonderful stories of their days in the “Old Country”, which we all came to appreciate with numerous visits to ND. She was famously known in Fort Ransom as the Mother of the crazy Svodka girls – a group of daughters, granddaughters, cousins, friends, in-laws, and out-laws, who all gather annually for a girls weekend in Fort Ransom and at the Anderson-Walterson Farm.
Lolly and Charlene Wolf started W & W Decorators in Miles City, in the early 1970’s. Their customers said that rather than whistling while they worked, the friends laughed their way through interior decorating projects. They enjoyed their work and had a blast. She also enjoyed her many years working at Sullivan’s Furniture in Miles City. She loved decorating and staging the furniture and accessories.
Lolly had one of the biggest hearts you’ve ever seen. She was the best mom and grandmother. She was loved by everyone that met her. She was simple, firm, outgoing and always made everyone feel special. Her fun summer vacations and holidays with the grandkids are cherished memories. Lolly is survived by her four children: Colin (Nancy) Walterson of San Tan Valley, AZ; daughters Tammy (Mike) Brenner of Reno NV, Joni (Bob) Magnuson of Miles City Mt, Melani (Bruce) Randall of Eagan MN; sister-in-law Doris Lere of Crystal, MN; daughter-in-law Ginny (Monte) Bachmann of Vergas, MN; “soul sister” Debb Maurer (Mike) of Walnut Creek, CA; dear friends Sharon Moore of Miles City; Bob (MaryAnn) Husted of Byers, CO; the Anderson families; ten grandchildren Travis, Mandy, Brandy, Erich, Kayla, Marni, Anna, Brandon, Connor, and Gage; eight great grandchildren: Liam, Leanna, Mekhael, Elijah, Gavin, Jasmine, Phoebe and Karter; one great-great grandchild TreAnna; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years Millard “Poopsie” Walterson, parents, and one sister Dorine Haarsager.
We will always remember her standing in the porch waving goodbye with both hands………until we meet again.
Family will receive friends on Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Eastern Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Memorials may be sent to Wake up and Lace up of Miles City and Hospice.