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Laura Ann McMillan

January 9, 1937 July 18, 2019
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Laura Ann Potter Lodman McMillan, 82, succumbed to cancer Thursday evening at her Beaver Creek home outside of Lewistown surrounded by her family.  Laura was born January 9, 1937, on a cold winter day in the Livingston hospital, the daughter of John V. “Dude” Potter Sr. and Ruth (Potts) Potter.  She joined an older brother, John Jr., at their home in White Sulphur Springs.   

Laura was a “city girl” but she enjoyed visiting the ranch of her best friend, Barbara (Buckingham) Hickey where they could feed lambs and ride horses.  She grew up next to the White Sulphur Springs rodeo grounds and loved horses and going to rodeos. Laura graduated from high school in 1955 and followed her brother to the University of Montana (known as Montana State University) graduating in 1959 with a degree in elementary education.  While at UM, she was a member of the Tri-Delta sorority house.  

Laura accepted a teaching job at Garfield school in Lewistown and taught Third Grade from 1959 until 1965.  She married Bob Lodman, a rancher from Beaver Creek, on July 27, 1963.  Their first child Elizabeth was born in 1966 followed by son Mark in 1971.  Laura easily settled into life in the country and helped Bob raise cattle, sheep and hay.  They were active in the Central Montana Simmental Association.  She was a frequent substitute teacher at the school in Moore.   

On August 11, 1981, Bob died of a heart attack at the age of 46.  With the help of her brother-in-law, Jerry Lodman, Laura and her children continued to live on the ranch and raise cattle.  On February 13, 1997, Laura married her neighbor Angus McMillan and moved to his ranch 5 miles down Beaver Creek where they raised Shorthorn cattle and Columbia sheep.  

Laura was a member of the American Association of University Women, General Federation of Women’s Club, Beaver Creek Extension Club, Lewistown Fiber Arts Guild, and the Episcopal Church.  Laura enjoyed researching her family history that dated back to the 1600’s in England. She read British history books, watched British TV shows, and was thrilled to visit Scotland and Ireland with her children in 2013.  Laura loved to grow flowers, sew quilts, and spin and knit with her own wool.  She always had chocolate chip cookies in the cookie jar.  She was a wonderful Grandma and incredibly proud of her children and grandchildren.  

Survivors include her 2nd husband Angus McMillan; daughter Elizabeth (Alan Stine); son Mark (fiancée Emily Hinz); and grandchildren Carrie Stine, Nicole Stine and Christopher Lodman. She was preceded in death by her parents John & Ruth Potter, husband Bob Lodman, and brother John Potter Jr.   

Friends can make memorials to Central Montana Hospice or the cancer charity of your choice.  

A Viewing will be held at Creel Funeral Home on Sunday, July 28th from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.  A Vigil Service will follow at St. James Episcopal Church at 7:00 p.m.  Funeral Services will be held at Creel Funeral Home on Monday, July 29th at 10:30 a.m. with interment to follow at the Beaver Creek Cemetery.  

Laura’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com


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Visitation

Sunday

28

Jul

5:00 PM 7/28/2019 5:00:00 PM - 6:30 PM 7/28/2019 6:30:00 PM
Creel Funeral Home

601 West Main Street
Lewistown, MT 59457

Also one hour prior to service time on Monday.

Creel Funeral Home
601 West Main Street Lewistown 59457 MT
United States

Service

Sunday

28

Jul

7:00 PM 7/28/2019 7:00:00 PM
St James Episcopal Church

502 W. Montana
PO Box 744
Lewistown, MT 59457

Vigil Service

St James Episcopal Church
502 W. Montana Lewistown 59457 MT
United States

Service

Monday

29

Jul

10:30 AM 7/29/2019 10:30:00 AM
Creel Funeral Home

601 West Main Street
Lewistown, MT 59457

Creel Funeral Home
601 West Main Street Lewistown 59457 MT
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Beaver Creek Cemetery Final Resting Place

Beaver Creek Rd
Lewistown, MT 59457

Beaver Creek Rd Lewistown 59457 MT
United States

Memorial Contribution

Donor's Choice

A Cancer Charity of your choice.

Central Montana Medical Center Hospice

408 Wendell Ave
Lewistown, MT 59457
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