Earlene Ann Duvall

Earlene Ann Duvall passed away on July 3, 2017 in Lewistown, Montana.

She was born to Earl and Sylvia Duvall on Oct. 19, 1932 in Geraldine, where she was raised along with her siblings on the family farm.

Mom attended high school with the Geraldine class of 1950. She loved to share stories about the fun she had playing basketball with her teammates.

Earlene married Howard Ludeman on Oct. 28, 1949. They raised their family while farming and ranching in Graceville, Montana. Earlene was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and aunt.

Mom had a passion for the great outdoors, especially riding horseback with her family in the Missouri River Breaks. She also enjoyed card games (pinochle was a favorite), dancing the waltz and jitterbug, teaching Sunday school and singing as a member of the Geraldine Methodist Church choir.

We have fond memories of mom’s incredible voice as she sang and played the piano most evenings, after a long hard day of work on the ranch. Eating mom’s home cooked meals was a delight to many who “happened” to drop in around meal times. Her maple bars were second to none.

Mom’s dedicated volunteer works included Hospice, the Performing Arts Center, Wesley Center and caring for foster children, to name a few.

Mom lived just outside of Lewistown, up Lime Kiln Canyon, for over 40 years. She loved to hike in the Judith Mountains and built a home there, and eventually built the Duvall Inn. It was a way of life she loved to share with others.

Earlene was preceded in death by her parents, infant sister Carol, sister Betty McManaman, brother Earl, sister-in-law Kay Duvall and great-grandson Austin Michael.

She is survived by her children Randy (Sandi) Ludeman of Geraldine; Darcy (Curt) Black of St. Charles, Missouri; Darla (John) Goleash; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; brothers Joe Ed (Nita) Duvall and Lenny (Kay) Duvall; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Don and Sara Cates of Lewistown for the love and kindness they shared with mom.

Earlene will be laid to rest in the Graceville Cemetery, north east of Geraldine, Montana at 1 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2017. The family will host a celebration of her life at the Methodist church in Geraldine immediately following the graveside service.

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