With family by her side, Lois Pawlowski Tew at 81 years of age, passed away Thursday April 6th, 2017 from complications of leukemia…and because of her faith we know that she was joyfully excepted with open arms by her Lord, husband Don and son Dave. A reunion that was a long time in the making and would have been epic to watch.
Lois, (Loie to most) was one of seven children born to Henry and Esther Pawlowski on March 25th, 1936 in Circle, Montana. She graduated high school in 1954 and after three years of nurses training, on October 8th, 1957, she married Don Tew. Ranching and farming was their living. (Although Dad would probably not want to admit to the farming part!!) He said Mom was the only person he had ever known that could tip over a plow. To this way of life they added Jeff, Dave and JoDee. Dave died in 1968 from liver cancer and was gone but never forgotten. He was almost 7. She was a lifelong member of the First Lutheran Church, hard worker, made sure we had meat, potatoes, salad, bread and a vegetable on our plates, always ate last, and was a Sunday school teacher. She played the piano and bass guitar, took her turn on the school board, was a fun Grandma who liked to read books and take adventure walks, a registered nurse for 7 1/2 years at the nursing home in Circle and knew she was almost home when driving over the beautiful divide into the Weldon and Prairie Elk community. Lois kept a daily diary since she was 14 years old, this even the neighbors enjoyed, as they would call to see when they turned their bulls out or what the weather was on a certain day a year or more ago. Our life was very well documented. Her favorite things to do (when she wasn’t baking bread) was to take down old fences, clean up homesteads, plant garden and flowers, metal detecting, refinishing old furniture, reading and collecting family history and photo’s. She lived simply, gave much, worried about us all a lot and always stayed busy. After Dons death in 1997 she spent winters in town, provided a place to stay and a hot meal for the grandkids (and for any of us that needed it) and spent her summers in the country where she really wanted to be.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband Don and son David Tew, brothers Marvin and Delbert and parents Henry and Esther Pawlowski. She leaves behind son Jeff (Lynnette) Tew, daughter JoDee (Larry) Arnston and five grandchildren: Travis Tew, Stacy Tew, Jena Nagle, Janae Rosaaen and Lathe Arnston, and sig great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Circle. Interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements.