Noreen Anastasia “Nora” <I>Lonam</I> Pettibone

Noreen Anastasia “Nora” Lonam Pettibone

Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
Death 15 Feb 2014 (aged 91)
Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
Burial Cremated, Other, Specifically: Big Hole River with her husband Claude
Memorial ID 125440579 · View Source
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Noreen Anastasia Lonam Pettibone, 92, of Butte passed away Feb. 15, 2014, at the Crest Nursing Home.

She was born in Butte on April 20, 1922, at the family home on West Silver Street. Noreen was the youngest of four children born to Nora (Wills) Lonam and Terrance Lonam.

Noreen was a tomboy who loved baseball, roller and ice skating and tennis. Her life was filled with music: the Irish fiddle and jig, spoons, piano and song. Noreen became a professional singer performing with the Big Bands at Columbia Gardens, weddings and funerals, and she loved to sing with St. Patrick's choir. She was also an accomplished pianist.

Her home-cooked meals were legendary with homemade bread, Yorkshire pudding and tamale pie. Noreen was also a talented seamstress, which came in handy in later years as an active volunteer with the St. James Auxiliary.

She went to elementary school at the Immaculate Conception Parish, then high school at Girls' Central. Her mother, Nora, was always at home to greet her children after school, often with homemade bread and jam.

Noreen was a stenographer and bookkeeper who worked for Safeway, Montana Power and St. Patrick's parish. She met her husband, Claude Pettibone, while working at Montana Power. They married on Sept. 23, 1950.

Noreen and Claude spent much of their summers on the Big Hole River fly fishing, and provided most of the neighborhood with fresh trout. They loved time with friends in Meaderville and Montana Power events.

Noreen and Claude welcomed their only child, Patricia Anne (Patti) in 1956 and passed along to her their love of family, faith, community, Elkhorn Hot Springs and fly fishing. Patti's daughters Valerie Baker and Destiny Groce and later, step-children Jackie and Jared Jones, brought much joy to their lives. Grandchildren Mickaela, Sahara and Joseph loved their "granny."

Many happy days have been shared at the Jones's cabin in Polaris. Noreen even rode a snowmobile there at age 82! Her love of travel included a trip to New York City in 1947 to visit her Irish immigrant mother's family. She also took cruises to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. Her dream trip was to Ireland with her granddaughter Valerie. Noreen looked forward every year to the 3rd of July party at her house. The front porch was the best seat in the house for the "Big M" fireworks.

Noreen's entire life, with the exception of the last four years, was lived on Butte's west side. The house she was born in and the one she left as her health declined were within six blocks of each other. She loved Butte and its people, often saying, "I have never had any desire to live anywhere else."

Her favorite prayer (and she prayed often) was taught to her in fourth grade by sister Margeurite. "Oh my God, tell me what you want me to do and give me the grace to do it." Noreen was a woman of faith and grace.

She was preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings: Terrance, Margaret (Duaime) and John and her husband Claude. She is survived by her daughter, Patti Jones and son-in-law Buzz Jones, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also, nieces and nephews Barbara Wilke, Linda Antonson, Clem Duaime, Ted Duaime and the Lonam family of Otis Orchards, Wash. including John, Mark, Matt, Joe, Gregg, Marian, Cindy, Lilian, William, Don and Chris and her sister-in-law Lilian Lonam.

A Catholic Mass will be held at St. Patrick's on Tuesday Feb.25, 2014, at 11 a.m. It will be immediately followed by a reception at the Rocky Mountain Room at 1 Holiday Park next to the LaQuinta Inn.

In accordance with Noreen's wishes, cremation has taken place and her ashes will join Claude's in the Big Hole River this summer.

The family wishes to thank the Crest Nursing Home for Noreen's compassionate, respectful care.

Memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Rockies.

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  • Created by: Karen Griswold Stroh
  • Added: 21 Feb 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 125440579
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Noreen Anastasia “Nora” Lonam Pettibone (20 Apr 1922–15 Feb 2014), Find A Grave Memorial no. 125440579, ; Maintained by Karen Griswold Stroh (contributor 47133098) Cremated, Other, who reports a Big Hole River with her husband Claude.