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Iola Carr Broderson

Iola Carr Broderson, age 90, passed away at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, MT, Friday, December 17, 2004.

A memorial service was held Monday, December 20, at Cremation or Funeral Gallery. Inurnment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Iola was born January 12, 1914, in Wetumka, OK, to William Edger Jones and Bessie Carr Jones. She graduated from Oklahoma City, OK, in 1932 with the nickname of Ace as she was a star in all athletics.

Iola married James E. Carr in Hot Springs, SD, on June 11, 1935. They settled in Philip, SD, in 1938 after working for his dad, Lou Carr, building roads throughout South Dakota. They built the first gravel road through the Badlands of South Dakota.

Iola and Jim owned and operated many businesses in Philip, SD, until Jim died suddenly August 17, 1960. Iola continued running one of them until she sold and moved to Rapid City, SD, in 1970. She was well known for her bridge and whist playing. In Ryegate, she loved playing pinochle. She loved learning, painting, listening to organ music and was always an encourager to her family. She raised money for the Polio Foundation/March of Dimes and was commended for raising the most money per capita in the Midwest.

Iola married Wallace Broderson in Hardin, MT, on October 19, 1990, and resided on Wallace’s ranch outside of Ryegate. After losing her eyesight about seven years ago, she attended the Montana School for the Blind and learned lots of coping skills and was an inspiration to others that you are never to old to learn. She enjoyed audio books by the dozens.

She is survived by her husband, Wallace Broderson of Ryegate, MT; her son, James E. Carr, Jr. and his wife, Deanna, of Billings; her daughter, Dr. Connie and her husband, Bill Lee, of Chanceller, SD; four step-children, Terry Broderson of Billings, Jerry Brodeson and his wife, Linda, of Billings, Leslie Ann and her husband, Jerry Malder, of Eagle, ID, and Betty Larson of Kennewick, WA. Iola is also survived by three grandchildren, Michael Lee of Renner, SD, Dennis Todd Lee and his wife, Tammy, of Apple Valley, MN, Sandra and her husband, Jack Nantais, of Chanceller, SD; five step-grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, two step- great-grandchildren, one step great-great grandson; and her sister-in-law, Gladys Reeves of Hobbs, NM.

Iola was preceded in death by her first husband, Jim; her parents; a step-mother, Nynn Jones; two sisters, Melba Gemmell in 1964 and Hester Lewis in 1970; one grandson, Douglas Hemmingson, in 1956. She was also preceded in death by a great-grandson, Eric Lee in 1982, and a sister and brother in infancy during the flu epidemic of 1917, which also claimed her mother’s life.

Iola has many nieces and nephews that meant a lot to her, along with a host of friends.

Memorials may be made to the Ryegate Senior Citizens Center.