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Laila H. Lewis

Died: Mon., Aug. 6, 2012

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Laila Lewis

SEELEY LAKE - Laila Lewis passed away Aug. 6, 2012, at the age of 72 surrounded by loved ones at her home in Seeley Lake after a courageous battle with cancer.

She once had a restaurant in Seeley Lake called Laila's Little Norway, where open-faced sandwiches and a Norwegian smorgasbord-type menu were the fare. Let it be known with humor and a chuckle that she ran away with the local "garbage man" by the name of Charles "Chuck" Lewis, who was a regular customer. They were married in 1977 on midsummer's eve at the Sons of Norway Normanden Lodge in Lolo.

Laila leaves behind her devoted husband Chuck; sons Knut and Hans; and immediate Lewis family members Dick and Cindy, Gary and Cheryl, Rene and Barrie and Tammy. She will sadly be missed by her sisters Solveig and Aase and brother Kjell. She was a proud grandmother to Brandy, Wendy, Robyn, Samantha, Paul, Kenny, Christian, Makayla, Katelyn, Zachary and Skylar. There are currently five great-grandchildren who will grow up to hear stories about a wonderful woman.

Laila was predeceased by her parents Egil and Ingeborg Madsen and four brothers, Oyvind, Hans, Finn, and Jan.

Laila was the youngest of eight, born in Oslo on Jan. 11, 1940, and the only one who left Norway after she turned 18. She dedicated her life to taking care of others, and she loved to cook and bake. She believed laughter made you live longer, had many friends wherever she went, and was one of the strongest and kindest women we all knew. She had love for all and will be missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Laila's memory to the "Bring Me Back to Norway Fund" to help honor her wish to escort her ashes back to Norway to be laid to rest with her family, which can be sent to First Valley Bank, P.O. Box 720, Seeley Lake, MT 59868, Attention: Laila Lewis Memorial Fund.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville. Sharing, caring and socializing with a lunch provided will follow at the First Baptist Church down the street.

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Jack & Margo Young
   Posted Sun August 12, 2012
Dear Laila will be especially missed by Jack & I. We loved Laila and always looked forward to visiting with her when we were in Mesquite. There were always wonderful cookies on the table to enjoy with our coffee. She was a wonderful cook and baker and we loved having the opportunity to share in some wonderful meals. Laila was a very courageous and strong lady. We loved her and our condolences go out to all of her family and friends. R.I.P Dearest Laila .

Kathy Lewis
   Posted Wed August 15, 2012
Chuck and Laila moved to "the Ranch" shortly after we bought it. She soon settled in and insisted on cooking for the haying crew. As I was one of the crew it was greatly appreciated, and I would put my two cents in and prepare something to go with the meal. Laila was one of a kind we had a great time cooking, playing cards,shopping and would get into trouble as often as we could. Since we both liked our wine it wasn't hard. She was a great cook as well as a great mother and friend. We will truly miss her. Hoping our deepest sympathy bring you comfort in some small way.
Kathy and John

Craig Siphers
   Posted Mon September 17, 2012
My sympathies to the entire family. Laila was a kick and will surely be missed. It has been many years since the family and I were in Seeley but I have great video of Scrapper catching his first fish off the dock with Uncle Chuck and laughing with Laila.

Christine
   Posted Tue November 27, 2012
My name is Christine and I am an oncology nurse at the Huntsman Intermountain Cancer Center in St George Utah. I not only had the priviledge of caring for Laila but i had the honor of calling her my friend. She & Chuck will truly be missed at the infusion center. We bonded over our common Norweigian heritage. She taught me so much about the land my grandfather hailed from. I will so miss Her sweet smile and infectious laugh. I am truly saddened that she will not be returning to us. Please pass my condolences on to Chuck and her dear family. My heart goes out to you all.

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