Linda Lou Lane, 69, a retired teacher, died May 17, 2012, after a yearlong struggle with cancer.
She was born Jan. 7, 1943, in Rockford, Ill., to John Grant Lawrence and Dorothy (Bass) Lawrence. In 1947 she moved with her family to their ranch at Wapiti near Cody, Wyo.
She attended a country school at Wapati until the eighth grade, then drove every day to high school in Cody, graduating in 1961. She attended Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyo., for two years, then to the University of Wyoming, graduating with a degree in education.
Her first teaching position was in Hamilton Dome, Wyo. She married Richard Lane in Powell on Nov. 25, 1966.
Mr. Lane’s work took them to Miles City, where she taught for two years, then to Toledo, Ohio, and Great Falls, where she taught for one year. They finally settled in Billings.
She started teaching in Billings in 1973 and retired after 30 years in School District 2. She was recognized in 1993 with the Golden Apple Award.
She had received care from the Billings Clinic Cancer Center, the University of Colorado Hospital on the Anshutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., and Journey Hospice of Billings.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Linda Ann Beshro of Quebec City, Quebec; stepdaughters, Tami and Dan Daley of Rock Springs, Wyo., and Traci Guthrie of Cody; and a sister, Jeanne of Cheyenne, Wyo.
At her request, no services were planned. Family and friends will gather later. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Contributions may be made to the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Club.