Elva Loyning, 93, who had worked in a number of positions and graduated from college at age 69, died March 24, 2014.
She was born Dec. 22, 1920, in Melstone, the daughter of Harper and Maud Burton. The family lived in Roundup, Lewistown and Red Lodge before settling in Roberts, where she graduated from high school.
She eloped with Palmer “Bud” Loyning to Columbus on Oct. 1, 1944. They settled on a ranch on Elbow Creek where she was clerk for Loyning School. In 1955, they purchased the Burton Ranch and moved into Roberts.
Mrs. Loyning had managed the Red Lodge Café, was a Stanley Home Products area manager and was the activities director at the Carbon County Memorial Hospital. She ran for Carbon County commissioner and was a trained emergency medical technician. She made cakes for weddings and special occasions.
Mrs. Loyning was active in the Cowbells, Home Economists and the Veterans of Foreign Wars auxiliary. She had been Montana state president of the Business Professional Women’s Club and Montana Farm Bureau.
Following Mr. Loyning’s death in 1995, she sold the Loyning Ranch and moved to Yuma, Ariz. Astoria, Ore., became her summer home before she returned to Montana in 2010. She had received care from Tender Nest Assisted Living.
Survivors include children, Linda Fenley Moyer of Grants, N.M., Hanly Loyning of Roberts, Karen Wrench of Billings and Harper Loyning of Salt Lake City; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held in the summer. Arrangements were by Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Association, Montana Chapter, 3010 11th Ave. N., Billings, MT 59101.