Alma Fletcher Koerner, 102, of Miles City, known to friends and family as “Toots” and “Aunt Toots,” died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Billings Butterfly Homes.
She was born in Herman, Neb., on Dec. 23, 1909, the sixth child of Lee and Bessie Fletcher. The family was completed with four more siblings.
In 1917, the family moved to Roundup, traveling by train. In 1924 they moved to Miles City, where she graduated from Custer County High School in 1929.
She studied to become a teacher and later taught in a country school. She met Clarence Koerner in 1932, and they were married for 49 years. They lost an infant son, Fredrick, in 1937.
Mr. Koerner served from 1942-45 in Europe during World War II while Mrs. Koerner and Sue Fletcher worked and spent time with family in Washington and Oregon.
Mr. and Mrs. Koerner then lived at Fort Keogh near Miles City. He retired in 1972, and they moved into Miles City.
In the 27 years after his death, she was involved in the church circle at First Methodist Church and spent time at the senior center. She played cards and bingo every week and had a weekly appointment at the hair salon.
Survivors include nieces, nephews and a sister-in-law, Ann Fletcher.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W. in Billings. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 30 at Miles City First Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Miles City First Methodist Church, 24 N. 11th St., Miles City, MT 59301.