VICTOR — Ethel Louise Roy, of Victor, went to live with her belated husband, Ivan Sr., to live with the Lord on July 31, 2019. She passed away peacefully at home in her sleep, with her son Danny Roy by her side. Ethel, always known as “Louise” was born on Oct. 15, 1929, in a cabin. She was delivered by her father in Torrington, Wyoming, to James and Mildred Gregory. Louise was the second youngest of eight children. The family moved to Hamilton and later settled in Victor. Louise graduated from Victor High School in 1949. Louise met Ivan in 1948 at a local auction and they started dating. He told Louise that she had to finish school before he’d marry her. They later married on Dec.4, 1949, and made their family home at the farm in Victor where she has remained until her passing. After the wedding ceremony they came home, ate chicken noodle soup for supper and then went to milk their cows.
Louise was a full time homemaker and also worked with Ivan performing many of the farming chores like raking hay and picking spuds at a nearby farm. She really enjoyed yodeling while she milked the cows. She and Ivan continued to go to auctions until 2008 when Ivan left her side. Louise and Ivan had six children, which kept Louise pretty busy in the younger years. Louise was an active member of the Victor Community Church.
Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan Lee Roy Sr.; her parents; and seven siblings; Oletha, Freda, James, Clyde, Imogene, Martha and Stanley.
She is survived by her six children, Linda Roy and her son, Matthew Mulkey, of Missoula; Ivan Jr. (Marlene) of Stevensville and his daughters, Sunny Roy and Sonya Schwartzer, of Livingston; Susan Roy (Les Wolstad) of Victor and her children Ryan Schumann of Washington and Dusty (Charlie) Streich of Silver Lake, Minnesota; Lilly (Terry) Brown and her children, Danielle and Mark Friend all of Arlington, Texas; Lorri (Ethan) Roy of Hamilton; and Danny Roy of Victor. Louise is also survived by three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 2, from 6 – 8 p.m., at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Victor Community Church. A graveside interment will be directly after the service at the Victor Cemetery with a reception to follow at the Victor Community Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given in Louise’s name to the Rural Victor Fire Dept. or Victor Ambulance for the many hours of service they have provided during Louise’s illness. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.