Lorraine G. Best
Lorraine passed away quietly in the early morning hours on Monday, Feb. 26th, 2018. Lorraine was born in Dickinson, ND on Dec. 23, 1929. She was raised on a farm just below the beautiful Killdeer Mountains with her two siblings, Arnold and Deloris, both who preceded her in death. After high school, Lorraine attended colleges in Dickinson and Fargo, ND, so she could get her teaching certificate. After graduating, she taught youngsters of all grades at different country schools around the Killdeer and Oakdale ND areas for several years.
She also worked at a grocery store in Killdeer for extra money. While there, she met a cowboy who she short changed when he made his purchase (she later admitted it was on purpose). That fella’s name was Les Best, and the rest they say, is history! They fell in love shortly thereafter and ran off to Las Vegas and were married on Halloween, Oct. 31st, 1952. They were married for 63 years until Les passed away Jan. 14th, 2016.
They spent their early years working on ranches from North Dakota to Arizona, and then back again. From the stories they both would tell, it sounded like they really enjoyed their time together, ranching, moving around, and meeting people who became their lifelong friends.
After about five years of marriage, Les and Lorraine started a family and eventually had four children. They have three daughters, Debra (Ray) Stoltz of Decker, Nannette (Kent) Pennington of Big Horn, Francis (Roland) Kilcrease of Timberon, NM and one son, Les (Edie) Best of Huntley.
The last ranch job Les and Lorraine ever took was with the Davidson Cattle Co of Williston, ND and Big Horn, MT. They started working with the Davidsons in 1960 in ND and ended up at the Big Horn Mt ranch and worked there for about 56 years until Les passed away January 2016. Our family would like to thank the Davidson family from the bottom of our hearts for all they did for our Mom and Dad for as long as they lived. We would also like to thank the 3rd floor staff at St. V’s and the staff at St Johns. We couldn’t have asked for a more professional and compassionate bunch of people helping our mother through the final five weeks of her life. Mom didn’t have a lot of hobbies or things like that. Her hobbies and passions were being a good wife, mother and grandmother and she was great at all of them.
Lorraine is survived by all of her children, along with nine grandchildren, Thad (Heidi) Stoltz, Chase Stoltz, Kayla (Austin) Marchant, Shannon (Sean) Stoltz, Heidi Stoltz, Tyler (Eva) Pennington, Kyle (Erin) Pennington, Cayenne (Luke) Daughtery, Rye Webb, along with 11 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, Donations can be made to the Big Horn 4-H council, or the Big Horn County Museum. We will miss you, mom.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 pm Saturday March 3rd in the Bullis Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.