|Birth: ||Sep. 19, 1905|
|Death: ||Jan. 29, 2003|
Great Falls Tribune (MT) - February 2, 2003
Lorene (Fey) Christian, 97, who for many years ranched with her husband in the Sweet Grass Hills, died Wednesday in Shelby of natural causes.
Survivors include a daughter, Helen Whirry, and her husband, Walt, of Kalispell a son, Steve Christian, and his wife, Doreen, of Whitefish, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Her parents, her husband Gordon, her brothers George and Joseph Fey, her sister Helen Fey Carter and many loving friends preceded her in death.
Lorene was born in Great Falls, on September 19, 1905, to John and Rosa (Blansfield) Fey. She attended grade school in a single room schoolhouse in Gold Butte, Montana. She later spent a school term in San Diego, California and then returned to Great Falls where she finished high school at age 16. After high school it was back to Gold Butte to work in the hotel for her uncle Tony Fey. For a brief time she traveled to New York, where she worked as a stenographer. A year later, she again returned home to Gold Butte to work on her family's ranch in the Sweet Grass Hills.
On June 16, 1927, Lorene was married in Hingham, Montana to her close childhood friend, Gordon Christian. She and Gordon owned and operated a cattle ranch in the Sweet Grass Hills for the next 38 years. Both their parents began ranching in 1892 and 1894, having traveled from New York to settle in the Sweet Grass Hills. Portions of the ranch have remained in the family for over 100 years.
After her husband Gordon passed away in 1965, Lorene moved to Shelby where she resided for her remaining 37 years. Lorene's greatest joy was sharing life with friends and family. As a pillar in the community, she was active in St. Williams Altar Society, Toastmasters, Soroptimist, the Marias Museum of History and Art, Shelby Book Club, Toole County Republican Women, and Business and Professional Women (BPW). She also enjoyed current events, traveling, knitting and reading.
She was a recipient of many awards, including the KSEN Silver Spur and BPW Woman of the Year. She was most proud of being known as "Grandma" to everyone she knew.
John G Fey (1864 - 1957)
Rosa J Blansfield Fey (1879 - 1960)
Gordon Christian (1899 - 1965)
Lorene Fey Christian (1905 - 2003)
Helen R Fey Carter (1912 - 1997)*
Mountain View Cemetery
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