Lorraine G. Best

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Lorraine passed away quietly in the early morning hours on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018.

Lorraine was born in Dickinson, N.D. on Dec. 22, 1929. She was raised on a farm just below the beautiful Killdeer Mountains with her two siblings, Arnold and Deloris, both of whom preceded her in death. After high school, Lorraine attended colleges in Dickinson and Fargo, N.D., so she could get her teaching certificate.

After graduating, she taught youngsters of all grades at different country schools around the Killdeer and Oakdale, N.D. areas for several years. She also worked at a grocery store in Killdeer for extra money. While there, she met a cowboy who she shortchanged when he made his purchase (she later admitted it was on purpose). That fella’s name was Les Best, and the rest, as they say, is history! They fell in love shortly thereafter and ran off to Las Vegas and were married on Halloween, Oct. 31, 1952. They were married for 63 years until Les passed away Jan. 14, 2016.

They spent their early years working on ranches from North Dakota to Arizona, and then back again. From the stories they both would tell, it sounded like they really enjoyed their time together, ranching, moving around, and meeting people who became their lifelong friends.

After about five years of marriage, Les and Lorraine started a family and eventually had four children. They have three daughters, Debra (Ray) Stoltz of Decker, Nannette (Kent) Pennington of Big Horn, Francis (Roland) Kilcrease of Timberon, N.M. and one son, Les (Edie) Best of Huntley.

The last ranch job Les and Lorraine ever took was with the Davidson Cattle Co. of Williston, N.D. and Big Horn, MT. They started working with the Davidsons in 1960 in North Dakolta and ended up at the Big Horn Mt Ranch. They worked there for about 56 years until Les passed away in January, 2016.

Our family would like to thank the Davidson family from the bottom of our hearts for all they did for our mom and dad for as long as they lived. Also we would like to thank the third floor staff at St. V’s and the staff at St John’s. We couldn’t have asked for a more professional and compassionate bunch of people helping our mother through the final five weeks of her life. Mom didn’t have a lot of hobbies or things like that. Her hobbies and passions were being a good wife, mother and grandmother and she was great at all of them.

Lorraine is survived by all of her children, along with nine grandchildren: Thad (Heidi) Stoltz, Chase Stoltz, Kayla (Austin) Marchant, Shannon (Sean) Stoltz, Heidi Stoltz, Tyler (Eva) Pennington, Kyle (Erin) Pennington, Cayenne (Luke) Daughtery, Rye Webb, along with 11 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Big Horn 4-H council or the Big Horn County Historical Museum. We will miss you, Mom.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 in the Bullis Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary is entrusted with the arrangements.

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