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Lynne Gamble

December 20, 1947 September 16, 2019
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Patricia L. “Lynne” (Prewett) Gamble, beloved and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, Aunt, and everyone’s friend went to be with her creator and her angels on September 16, 2019, after a four-month illness.  

Lynne was born December 20, 1947 to Thomas A. and Pattie E. (Egeland) Prewett at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lewistown, Montana. She was a descendant of Montana pioneers on both her parents’ sides. Her father’s family originally came to Montana by wagon train in 1864. Her mother’s ancestors, the McAllister and Woods families, soon arrived from Kentucky.  

Lynne was raised and attended school in Peerless, Montana where her father was the local Great Northern Railroad Depot Agent. She graduated from Peerless High School in 1966 and attended U of M at Missoula. She mentored under Rockwell Crain, a Licensed Public Accountant in Glasgow and became a professional tax preparer and auditor, whereupon she met her husband, Jim Gamble, a travelling business analyst. They married on November 27, 1973 in Lewistown. They were blessed with four beautiful children, owned and operated a general store in Hinsdale, Montana and moved to Lewistown in late 1976. Lynne was the first bookkeeper at Midstate Bank of Montana, office manager at Homes of the Future, and became the office manager at Berg Lumber in 1989. After the mill closed in 2002, she resumed her tax prep business on a full-time basis until selling to a local CPA firm in December 2018. During all those years she also found the time to assist her husband in building his insurance/financial planning business.  

Beginning at an early age and continuing for many years, Lynne enjoyed singing at church, local events, square dancing, music, playing her piano, drag racing in her ’68 Dodge Charger (in her single years), and travelling with her family. Lynne, Jim, and their children travelled to all four corners and coast-to-coast of the U.S. from 1976 through the mid-nineties. She had a beautiful voice that was truly angelic.  

Lynne loved people and would do anything and everything to help those in need. She was as close as God would allow one to be a perfect wife and mother, always there with a shoulder for her children. 

“People loved and respected Mom simply because of who she was   and how she lived. She knew what was important to her and she never compromised her values of honesty and kindness. She had the most beautiful smile, and shared it without discrimination. There was a peacefulness about her that could not be shaken. It didn’t seem to matter what was going on around her, she remained calm and gracious. These are the qualities that she was known for – a classy lady with unwavering self-respect. Those qualities inspired the people around her to become better versions of themselves.  

This was especially true for her family. As a mother, she seldom raised her voice and did not lecture or scold. Just a look was enough to remind her kids to do the right thing and to behave in a way that they could be proud of themselves.  

When Mom decided to do something, she did it with integrity – not for personal success or financial gain. She was a sharp-minded accountant, a whiz with numbers and quick to comprehend complex changing tax regulations. She enjoyed knowing that her work was helping people in her community. She put in long hours to ensure that she was doing the best she could for her clients, and she refused to increase her rates to keep up with other firms. She only billed what she thought was fair. When Berg Lumber was struggling and near its end, she worked diligently trying to help save the business because she knew how many families would be impacted. She took that very personally. Anyone who worked at Berg Lumber knew Lynne from the office and they appreciated her. She was kind and treated everyone with respect, and inspired others to do the same in her presence. When anyone stepped inside the office, they cleaned up their language.” 

Lynne was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Pattie Prewett and her brother, Gary Prewett.  

She is survived by her husband and soulmate, Jim; daughters, Angela (Lester) Johnson of Cascade, Darci (Steve) Gaffney of Colorado Springs, Diana Ruddy of Great Falls; son, Colonel Brian (Andrea) Gamble of Manassas, VA; stepson, Joseph (Rita) Owens of Phoenix; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; special cousin, Andrea (Randy) Barber; a niece and a nephew; numerous cousins; her Bichons - Missy and Snoopy; and her hundreds of friends and clients. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, September, 23rd, at Celebration Church. Memorial donations can be made to the Shriners Transportation Fund or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitals. 

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Lynne’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com


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Service

Monday

23

Sep

1:00 PM 9/23/2019 1:00:00 PM
Celebration Community Fellowship

361 W. Frontage Rd.
Lewistown, MT 59457

A reception will follow at the church.

Celebration Community Fellowship
361 W. Frontage Rd. Lewistown 59457 MT
United States

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Al Bedoo Shrine

PO Box 20673
Billings, MT 59104-0673

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

501 St. Jude PL
Memphis , TN 38105-9959
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