Elsie Frieda Backman, 93, a retired government employee, died Sunday, May 20, 2012, at Sapphire Comfort Suites, Valley Health Care in Billings.
She was born in Orland, Calif., on Dec. 12, 1918, to August and Katherine Winter. She grew up on the family farm outside Orland, the sixth of nine children.
After two of her brothers went missing in action and one had been killed in the war in Europe, she entered World War II as a Navy Wave. On Skaggs Island Naval Base in California, she met Harvey Backman and they married in July 1945.
Mrs. Backman graduated from University of Wisconsin in radio communication during her service in the Navy. She worked for the federal government in accounting and retired after 20 years.
She volunteered as a Pink Lady for Deaconess Hospital, worked with the Host Program at Orchard School, was active in her church, in bridge clubs and in Sons of Norway.
She also painted and did Scandinavian stitchery, knitting and crocheting.
She and her husband lived in Billings 60 years; they were active members of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd for 50 years.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Jacquie Anderson; a grandson; two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Lee Winter and Howard Winter.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Billings with a reception to follow at the church.
Contributions are suggested to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.