Elfie J. Small

April 06, 1925
- October 08, 2010

BILLINGS, MONT - Elfie J. Small, 85, passed away Oct. 8, 2010, at Billings Clinic in Montana. Elfie Joan Ames was born April 6, 1925, in LaGrange, the daughter of Roy C. and Velma (Henry) Ames. She was the third in the family of six girls. In 1947 she married the Rev. Lawrence F. Small. They moved from Maine in 1949 to the Boston area, then to Paramus, N.J., before relocating to Billings, Mont., in the winter of 1959. Her husband was called to teach at Rocky Mountain College. In Billings, Mont., Elfie was employed at two or more businesses before serving in the bookkeeping department at St. John's Lutheran Ministries, before retirement in 1987. She was active as a leader in the Girl Scouts, PEO Organization, and activities at Rocky Mountain College and Mayflower Congregational Church. Elfie was a very talented cross-stitcher, avid reader and enjoyed playing bridge. Her skills as a photographer fill many albums with photos of family and travel! She enjoyed foreign travel and several cruises. Elfie is survived by her husband of 63 years, Dr. Lawrence F. Small of Billings, Mont.; daughters, Kathleen and Russ Wiseman of Billings, Mont., and Linda Jean and Larry Sr. Collins of Huntley, Mont.; son, Lawrence F. and Peggy Small Jr. of Kalispell, Mont.; grandsons, Larry and Katie Collins Jr., Christopher Collins and Chad Bailey; granddaughters, Amanda Kimmel and Katrina Kimmel; two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Makenna Bailey; and sisters, Barbara Matson, Helen Parish and Patricia Nikodym. She was predeceased by her son, Daniel Irving Small; her parents; and sisters, Velna Cowing and Rebecca Soreko. Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Mayflower Congregational Church. Private internment will take place at Mountview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mayflower Congregational Church, Rocky Mountain College Peace Institute, Montana Rescue Mission, Billings Food Bank or a charity of one's choice. Michelotti-Sawyers is in charge of arrangements. Remembrances may be shared with the family at www.michelottisawyers.com.

Published in Bangor Daily News on October 12, 2010

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