Anne LaVerne Lane Pehl


Anne LaVerne Lane Pehl, 85, of Terry died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in the Prairie Community Nursing Home in Terry.

Mrs. Pehl was born on July 9, 1928, in Bismarck, N.D., to Vernon H. and Irene Anderson Lane. She was an only child. She was raised in Carson, N.D., and graduated in 1946 from Grant County High School. She graduated from Montana State University-Bozeman in 1950 with a degree in commercial arts and was a proud member of Kappa Delta Sorority.

In the fall of 1950 she began teaching business and commercial at the Terry High School and met a wheat farmer named John Pehl.  After dating and Anne threatening to move to Alaska to teach, they were married Oct. 10, 1953. Mrs. Pehl lived on Broadview Bench the rest of her life.

She was a member of the Terry Community Presbyterian Church, taught Sunday school and loved Presbyterian Women’s Fellowship (Priscilla Circle). She was a 50-year member of Ash Creek Homemakers. Reading was a hobby of Mrs. Pehl’s (a non-TV watcher). She was a great cook and enjoyed taking many dinners to the summer harvest fields. Mrs. Pehl sewed most of her own, Carol Anne’s and Mary’s clothes in early years and even Carol Anne’s wedding dress. Knitting was also a passion as evidenced by the family’s many hand-knit sweaters, afghans and Christmas stockings.

Mrs. Pehl gardened every summer raising flowers, vegetables and strawberries. Her outside chores included the chickens and barn cats as it “gave her fresh air every morning.” Mrs. Pehl was a stanch Terrier fan, loving fair play and good competition as well as following her children and grandchildren in many sports and locations. Education and respect for teachers was very important and taught at home. All of her children graduated from MSU-Bozeman with agricultural related degrees, a tribute to the life and love they felt at home.

After 51 years of marriage, Mr. Pehl died in 2005 and Mrs. Pehl lived four more years on the farm. In 2009 she entered the Prairie County Nursing Home. Her final words were “the cookies (Carol Anne’s) were wonderful!”

Her survivors include her children: Carol Anne (Tom) Sparks of Plevna, Andy (Nancy) Pehl of Terry, Wade (Velda) Pehl of Belle Fourche, S.D., and Dr. Mary (John) LeMieux of Manning, N.D.; her grandchildren: Frank Sparks, George Sparks and William Sparks of Plevna and Katy Sparks of Miles City, Leslie Pehl of Circle, Erin (Jonathan) Elenbaas of Billings, and Ben (Rita) Pehl of Terry, Nathaniel Pehl of Bozeman and Marine Corp 2nd Lieutenant Samuel Pehl of Jacksonville, N.C., Morgan, Hayes and Garrett LeMieux of Manning; sisters-in-law: Alice Pehl of Terry and Evelyn Jones of Cody, Wyo.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 23, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Terry. Funeral services will be Monday, March 24, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Community Presbyterian Church in Terry. Interment will follow in the Prairie County Cemetery in Terry.

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Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Prairie Community Hospital Foundation or to the Community Presbyterian Church of Terry.