Elva Loyning

From a very young age, Elva was a bright star, independent and fun loving. She was an exuberant soul whose philosophy toward life was “Why not?!!”

Elva, known as “Ma” to her children, “Granny” to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, passed away on March 24, 2014, surrounded by family. Elva was born on Dec. 22, 1920 in Melstone, the daughter of Harper and Maud Burton. The family lived in Roundup, Lewistown and Red Lodge before settling in Roberts, where Elva graduated from high school.

Elva met her future husband, Palmer (Bud) Loyning, in Red Lodge when she blocked him in with her Model A coup at the Ford Garage.

In time, a snowstorm created the perfect opportunity for Elva to close the Roberts Lightening Service Station and elope with Bud to Columbus on Oct. 1, 1944.

Elva and Bud settled on a ranch on Elbow Creek where Elva was Clerk for the Loyning School. In 1955, they purchased the Burton Ranch and moved into Roberts. During this time, they raised four children: Linda, Hanly, Karen and Harper.

Elva was hard working and ambitious. Over the years she managed the Red Lodge Café, was a Stanley Home Products Area Manager, and was the Activities Director at the Carbon County Memorial Hospital.

Having many interests, she ran for Carbon County Commi s s i one r, wa s a trained EMT, and completed her college degree at age 69. Her beautifully designed cakes graced many weddings and special occasions.

Elva was active in many organizations including the Cowbells, Home Economists and the VFW auxiliary. She was Montana State President of the Business Professional Women’s Club and Montana Farm Bureau.

For recreation, in addition to being wonderfully mischievous, Elva loved to ski the slopes at Red Lodge Mountain. It was her favorite antidote for winter. She also enjoyed waterskiing, listening to Elvis, and fireworks.

Following Bud’s death in 1995, Elva sold the Loyning Ranch and moved to Yuma, Arizona to enjoy the warm winter seasons. Astoria, Oregon became her summer home with frequent visits to Montana, Utah and New Mexico to see her family. She returned to Montana in 2010.

Elva is survived by her children: Linda (Art) Fenley Moyer, of Grants, N.M.; Hanly (Rochelle) Loyning, of Robe r t s ; Kar en (Bob) Wrench, of Billings and Harper (Nancy Stark) Loyning, of Salt Lake City. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, each lovingly called “Dolly”: Randy Martin, Bill (Denise) Martin, Carl (Denise) Loyning, Amber (Bob) Hogg, David (Ellie) Wrench, Greg (Cheri) Wrench, Susan (Tony) Frederickson, Wendy (Joe Harkins) Loyning and Sam Stark-Loyning; eleven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Violet Ekle of Columbus and brother-inlaw Ray Loyning of Bridger; and many nieces and nephews.

Elva was preceded in death by her husband, Bud, of fifty years; her parents; her brother and his wife, Dr. Hanly and Martha Burton; and two great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff at Tender Nest Assisted Living for their kindness toward our wonderful mother and their thoughtful care. A special thanks to Pastor Bob Reed for being at Elva’s side and comforting our family.

Elva was a lady ahead of her time. Being with her was always fun and eventful. We will miss her amazing spirit. A summer Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date.

Memorials may be made in Elva’s name to the Alzheimer Association, Montana Chapter, 3010 11th Ave. N, Billings, MT 59101.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.dahlfuneralchapel. com

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am
    An Overeaters Anonymous group will meet every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Grace Fellowship Church, Absarokee.
  • Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 1:00pm
    Long, cold winter getting you down? Get out of the house and join the fun on Sunday afternoon for Bingo to help the homeless pets of Carbon County. Be there for Beartooth Humane Alliance Bingo, Sunday, Feb. 25, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., at the Red Lodge Elks Club.
  • Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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    Open 2nd and 4th Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. 206 N ‘D’ Street. More info 662-1060.
  • Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.