After a long, courageous and stubborn battle with leukemia, Lorraine Evangeline passed away with dignity on May 29, 2019, in her home in Park City, Montana. Lorraine S. Evangeline was born January 16, 1937, the eldest daughter of C. Don and Nina (Stiverson) Lewis in Billings, Montana.
She was the eldest of four siblings. She was raised in Billings. She graduated from Senior High School in 1954. Lorraine married the love of her life, James “Pete” Evangeline on December 20, 1954. They were married for 54 years. They raised five children: Lucinda, Susan, Mark, Helen, and Dimitri in Billings.
Lorraine was constantly busy in her life. Lorraine and Pete owned successful businesses, bred and trained horses, built their own houses, hunted and fished. Lorraine even found time to be a reserved sheriff deputy for Yellowstone County. Not being able to sit still led her to going back to college in her fifties. Lorraine attended Rocky Mountain Equestrian Program, while helping her grown children raise their families and helping Pete run Billings Refrigeration. After the death of her husband, Lorraine reconnected with her son Corky and his family. Later as she turned eighty, she briefly owned Log Cabin Bakery with her daughter Helen Brown.
Lorraine passed her love of sports to her children and grandchildren. She was incredibly fond of the Chicago Cubs, the Nashville Predators, and the Billings Mustangs. She was even the first female little league umpire, much to her son’s chagrin. Always busy, Lorraine could always be found with a book nearby, knitting in her lap, and a sports game on TV enjoying her tea, although it was always more whiskey than tea. Always fiesty and willing to spar, Lorraine didn’t let her small size deter her. Like they say, dynamite comes in small packages!
Lorraine’s big family brought her tremendous joy and pride, and could always be found bragging about their latest accomplishments and successes to anyone willing to lend an ear. She enjoyed all their family get togethers and all the great food everyone would create.
Lorraine’s legacy includes; her children: Corky (Cythnia) Atchison, Lucinda (Mark) Allen, Mark (Therese) Evangeline, Helen (David) Brown, Dimitri (Valerie) Evangeline; grandchildren: Martin (Heather) Atchison, Staci (Brandon) Franklin, Brandelynn (Christopher) Horton, Angela Allen, Jason Evangeline, Ryan (Jessica Tetschner) Evangeline, Chelsea (Joshua) Cole, Patrick (Jessica) Brown, Daphne (Josh) Walker, Shaylene (Jason) Kodish, Nicole (Ty) Maughan; great grandchildren: Haden, Grace, and Holden Atchison, Azmara, Trinity, and Mariah Franklin, Gabriel, and Greyson Horton, Easton Cole, Gordyn, and Kristyn Brown, Katie Walker, Mathew and Riley Brown, Jacob, Izabelle, and Logan Maughan; sisters, Lynda Willis, Lynette (Clark) Hyde, brother Milton (Pam) Lewis, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews, and friends who feel like family.
She was preceded in death by husband, parents, daughter Susan Belle, brother-in-law Bill Willis, and grandson Stephen Allen.
Lorraine asks that in lieu of flowers any memorials be made in her honor to the Frontier Cancer Center in Billings, Montana.