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Jane E. Lord

November 22, 1915 - March 6, 2014 <-

ane R. Lord was the oldest daughter of Sheridan County Homesteaders Luther and Faye Ridenour. They homesteaded in 1912 about 9 miles SWof Plentywood where Jane and her younger sister Alice were raised. Jane was born on November 22, 1915 in Chicago, Illinois because there were no doctors in Plentywood at the time.

Jane went to most of her grade school at the Mann School about 2 miles from her home, riding horseback to school almost every day with her little sister, Alice, sitting behind her. Her family moved to Plentywood and rented the farm out when Jane started High School. Jane graduated from Plentywood High School in 1933. She attended Montana State College in Bozeman, where she received her Home Economics degree. She then taught High School for 2 years; 1 year in North Dakota and 1 year in South Dakota before she moved to Kansas City Missouri to work at a hospital as a medical lab technician. She received a Medical Technician certificate and stayed and worked there during World War II. After the war she met William Lord on a train and they were married May 4, 1945 in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. )Jane's parents, Luther and Faye, also met on a train!( Their daughter, Mary Jane, was born in 1946 in Milwaukee, and in 1948 the family moved back to Plentywood to take over the Ridenour farm and ranch. Their son William was born in 1950. In 1952 when Mary started school the family moved in to Plentywood, where Jane has lived ever since. There was a shortage of teachers in Plentywood so Jane started teaching. She taught High School Home Economics for 10 years and then 7th & 8th grade Science for 12 years, until she retired from teaching in 1976. After retiring she worked part time at the Dairy Queen, and volunteered at the County Library, the Sheridan County Museum and at the Hospital Gift Shop. Her husband died June 25, 1985. Jane was one of the original members of the Garden Club and stayed active in the American Legion Auxiliary and the Catholic Women Service Organizations. Jane also enjoyed playing Bridge, taking care of her pets, gardening and collecting kerosene lamps, but she was probably best known for her walking-summer and winter.

Jane's family includes her children, her daughter Mary Nyhus, of Plentywood and of Scobey, and son Bill Lord and his wife Rosemarie, on the family ranch southwest of P:lentywood as well as her sister, Alice Ridenour, also resident at Sheridan Memorial Nursing Home. She is also survived by four grandchildren, James Lord and Betty; Andy Lord, Sage Lord, and Lila Russell and her husband Michael, all of Plentywood, and Jane's two great-grandchildren, McClane and Madison. Jane moved to the Pioneer Manor in 2004 and to the Sheridan Memorial Nursing Home in 2006 where she died early Thursday morning, March 6. Memorial services will be at 2:00 PM Monday, March 10, with father Patrick Zabrocki officiating at Fulkerson Memorial Chapel in Plentywood. Interment of cremated remains will be in Plentywood Cemetery later in the spring.



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