March 17, 1937-Jan. 25, 2018

Lois Jean (Panich-Cross-Carlson) passed away on Jan. 25, 2018, surrounded by family in Butte, Montana.

She was born in Butte, Montana on March 17, 1937, to Mary (Sodja) and John Panich.

In her early years, she spent many hours at the Columbia Gardens, playing with her brother, Johnny, and friends Janet and Joanne. She attended local Catholic elementary schools and graduated from Butte High School.

Lois married Elmer Cross in 1955. She and Elmer traveled for several years until they settled in Butte to raise their family of six children. After Elmer’s passing, Lois married Robert Carlson and was blessed with another daughter.

She can be remembered cooking homemade pasties, doing crafts, playing card games or bingo, and singing along to Elvis Presley.

Her caring nature was demonstrated in the way that she took care of her mother and aunt and by her dedication to raising her children, grandchildren, and numerous daycare kids. Raising children was her greatest joy.

She was a loving woman who everyone relied on for advice, a smile, a 3-hour conversation, or a warm meal.

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Lois was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer Cross; daughter, Tammy Worley; and brother, John Panich.

Lois is survived by her children: Elmer Jr. (Robin) Cross, Mary Ann Cross, Peggy (James) Owers, Darrel (Cassandra) Cross, Melodi (Dennis) Klemp, and Patricia (Eric) Nyberg. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Michael, Katrissa, Chelcy, Sierrah, Eric, Dustin, Bailey, Dillon, Colby, Courtney, Gracie, Brittney, Bryce, Kevin, and Cody; numerous great-grandchildren; extended family and countless friends; and the many children who were not her own but she loved as though they were.

Visitation will begin Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. in Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home and funeral services will be conducted Friday morning at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Father Thomas Haffey officiating. Private interment will follow. A reception will immediately follow service in Wayrynen-Richards Community Center.

Donations in memory of Lois may be made to Our Lady of the Rockies, 3100 Harrison Ave., Butte, Montana 59701 or the Spirit of Columbia Gardens Carousel, 3100 Harrison Ave., Butte, Montana 59701.

Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.

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