Florella (Waller) Halverson, better known as Skip, a homemaker who also had held secretarial jobs, died May 21, 2014, at Butterfly Homes.
She was born to Julia and Wesley Waller on Aug. 16, 1922, at Dora Lake, Minn. At age 14 she left home to attend the nearest high school 50 miles away where she worked for her board and room.
After graduating from high school, she took a summer job in a cafe on Mille Lacs Lake. There she met Paul Halverson, whom she married after his service in Europe during World War II.
They lived in Pasadena, Calif., then returned to Minnesota to care for her family. In Thomson, near Jay Cooke State Park, they built a log home from hand-hewn logs.
In 1957 Mr. Halverson was transferred by the Monarch Range company to Billings. Mrs. Halverson was involved in a sewing club, book club and neighborhood coffees and worked several part-time secretarial jobs.
She was a lifelong active member of First Presbyterian Church and a member of the Mariners Club. They cooked for their International Gourmet Club for more than 25 years.
Survivors include a brother, Brad Waller; three daughters, Paula Halverson of Helena, Julie Kellebrew of Gillette, Wyo., and Margot LaFontaine of Billings; six grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life was held Monday, May 26, at First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church.