Loralee Sue Shetler was born at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana on October 17, 1958 to Lee and Patricia Shetler. She passed away on February 28, 2019, after a lengthy and valiant battle with cancer, at her daughter’s home in Port Orchard, WA. Her dad was in the Air Force until 1961 and the family traveled across the country. When she was three, they settled in Fairfield, Montana where she grew up, graduating from high school in 1977. She was chosen Miss State Fair in 1977 and also presided with that title in 1978.
Loralee was attending Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT when she met and married Vincent Crow from Saratoga, Wyoming, in January 1979. They moved to Spokane and then to Laramie, Wyoming where Vince finished law school and their first daughter, Alycia, was born. Brittney was born in Green River, Wyoming and later the family moved to Rock Springs. Loralee became a realtor and was named Realtor of the Year while she lived there.
Loralee and Vince later divorced, and she went back to college at the University of Wyoming in Laramie and then moved to Yakima, Washington where she found her true calling as administrator of an independent and assisted-living facility. In 2017 she resigned that position and moved to Burien, Washington to be the Executive Director of the Eldorado West, a larger independent assisted-living and memory care facility, to enable her to be close to her first grandson and his family.
Loralee is survived by her daughter, Alycia (Zack) Holt and grandson, Grayson, of Port Orchard, Washington; daughter Brittney (Jeff) Shirley and granddaughter Greer of Helena, Montana; her mother, Pat Shetler of Mesa, AZ; sisters Lynne (Larry) Monson, Wolf Point, MT and Jill (Chris) Landon of Idaho Falls, ID; aunt Linda Cunningham of Missoula, MT; uncles Dick (Mende) Kloppel and David of Great Falls, MT; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Lee Shetler, maternal grandparents Ruth and Kenneth Kloppel and paternal grandparents Glenn and Ruby Shetler; uncle Hoddy Cunningham and aunt Carolyn (and Tom) Hardin.
Interment will be in the Columbarium at the United Church of Christ in Fairfield, MT at a later date.