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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Lois Ann Nelson
November 23, 1937 - August 10, 2019

Place of Birth: Williston, ND
Residence: Homestead, MT
Age: 81

Lois Ann Zemliska Nelson passed away on Saturday August 10, 2019 of a massive stroke. Lois was born in Williston, ND on November 23, 1937 to Birdie and Edgar Zemliska. She was the fourth of nine children. At the time the family lived in the Round Prairie Community.
Lois graduated from Williston High School in 1955 and went to work full time at the Farmer’s Union Creamery. Her family moved off of the farm and into Williston in 1957 and later that year her father Edgar passed away leaving Birdie alone to raise the family.
On a blind date the summer of 1956 she met her future husband Orvis. Orvis was working for Gamble-Robinson and helping his father on the farm in Homestead Montana on the weekends. They were married in 1958 and in 1959 decided to move to the family farm full time.
In 1960 Kimberly was born, in 1963 Dale was born and in 1967 Dean was born. Lois quickly became the perfect farm wife. Her mother had taught her well how a family works as a team to get the work done. The family cannot remember a day when there weren’t fresh buns or donuts on the table when they came in from the field or school.
She felt blessed to have the neighbors and friends she had and thanked God every day for them. These friendships made it enjoyable to be involved in activities at her church and organizations such as the American Legion Auxiliary, Lady’s Aid, American Cancer Society, Music Mothers and 4-H. She also helped out as an election Judge and was a committee member for the Sheridan Daybreak. Caring for Veterans was important and every year she read the names of the Veterans at Memorial Day services, made sure any vets in the hospital or nursing homes had Christmas gifts and every year put flowers on the graves in many cemeteries.
Her fingers were seldom idle and if there was time, she was planning a cattle buyer’s dinner, tying bows for Williston Floral, planning another family reunion or making wedding cakes.
She grew up with strong family values and made it a priority to teach her children those values. The holidays were very important to her and she made them special for not only her immediate family but her extended family as well. She spent many hours scheming ways to bring all of her children, her siblings and their children together for the holidays. They were very happy events with activities such as singing around the Christmas tree or making lefsa.
Lois enjoyed traveling, especially the girl trips with her sisters. She also enjoyed the trips with her friends on the Nemont Board. Almost every trip had to include a stop to see relatives or friends along the way. Those relationships paid off as many of them would also stop to visit at the farm when traveling.
Her home was a happy place to be and this was especially evident when grandchildren, nieces or nephews would ask if they could stay and spend a few weeks. Of course they all knew about the treat bucket in the corner kitchen cabinet.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Birdie Zemliska; two infant brothers and siblings, Luella, Linda and Leo.
She is survived by her husband, Orvis; her three children, Kimberly (Rick) Knick, Dale (Jodi) Nelson and Dean (Lynda) Nelson; grandchildren, Paydon, Cordel and Nolan Nelson, Brady (Sarah) Knick and Kami (Jeff) Dornfeld; two great-grandchildren, Kelson and Kaseton Dornfeld. She is also survived by three sisters, Laura (Joe) Quaglia, Leona (Bob) Zemliska and Loraine (Milt) Haugen.


Memorial Contribution
Memorials may be sent to the Roosevelt Memorial Medical Center Foundation, P. O. Box 419, Culbertson, MT 59218.

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Ricky tobiason (Sidnt, Mt)
Aug 10, 2019
To the family of lois sorry to hear about your loss
Brent & Helen Olness (Billings, Montana)
Aug 12, 2019
Her thoughtfulness and kindness will be greatly missed. With deepest sympathy, Brent, Helen, Jacob and Megan
Chole Crosby Butler (Sidney, Montana)
Aug 12, 2019
Kim and Family, I am very sorry for your loss. It is hard to lose a loved one. May our Lord give you comfort and hold you close during this time. God Bless.
Lois Hughes (Grand Junction , CO)
Aug 12, 2019
Lois was loved by all who knew her! She will be missed by all of us. We will miss her wonderful warmth that she showed us whenever we popped into the area!
Love and prayers to the grieving family and friends
Our sincere thoughts and love, Lois & Bret Hughes
Dean Christoffersen (Garrison , nD)
Aug 12, 2019
Prayers and blessings to all
Doug & Tammie McCormick (Culbertson, Mt)
Aug 12, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of Lois’ passing. She showed us all the true meaning of faith & family values. Keeping you all in thought & prayer today & in the days to come!
Larry Birch (Culbertson , Montana )
Aug 12, 2019
Lois' legacy will live on through her children and the many lives she influenced. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.
Bryan Anklam (Garden grove , Ca)
Aug 13, 2019
Thoughts and prayers to the family. Many found memories of Lois.
Laura Nelson (Bellingham, WA)
Aug 19, 2019
We all loved Lois for so many reasons!
Her gift of hospitality was amazing.
But the way she loved and accepted me into their family has made the biggest impact on my life.
My heart breaks for you! I will miss her too!
Carol Miller Sandvik (Williston, North Dakota)
Aug 20, 2019
Lois Family, Offering sympathy, prayers and hugs at your great loss. Lois's smile and friendship will be missed. Cherish the many precious memories until the Heavenly Reunion!! AMEN
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