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Lois "Carol" Todd

Carol Todd, 84, went to be with her heavenly Father on January 24, 2018, departing peacefully at her home in the company of loving family members.

Carol was born March 1, 1933 to L. Harold Larson and Juliet T. (Olson) Larson in the historic Lewis House in Bozeman. She lived most of her younger years in Manhattan, Montana. Carol's mother passed away when she was nine years old. Her father remarried Signa Pyrtle and the family moved to Bremerton, Washington where her father and stepmother, were working in a defense plant near Seattle. After World War II the family returned to Manhattan.

Carol was tall for her age she was the tallest student in her fifth grade class. In high school, she played on the Manhattan Tigers girls' basketball team. At the time, girls were only allowed to play half-court because full-court was considered too strenuous for girls.

During her school years, Carol babysat many children in the Manhattan area. She worked at the Vogue Movie Theatre, and was also a favored employee of Keen Hardware in Manhattan. After high school, she moved to Bozeman, where she was employed as a secretary in the Montana State College grain laboratory.

Carol met Milo Todd on a church hayride in Manhattan. Conveniently, Milo happened to work across the street from the grain lab, and they began having lunch together. Carol and her best friend, Lyla Manry, married brothers Milo and Harold Todd in a double wedding ceremony on December 28, 1952. Through their involvement at Grand Avenue Christian Church Carol became a follower of Jesus Christ.

Milo and Carol raised four sons on their dairy farm west of Bozeman. There was no task on the farm that she would not help with. In addition to preparing a multitude of daily meals for family, summer help, and guests, Carol also helped with many of the farm activities, including swathing, feeding calves, and milking.

Carol had a gracious gift of hospitality. Even though she had the smallest and the oldest house in the family, that is where family and friends gathered.

As their boys grew, Carol and Milo became fixtures at every wrestling match or tournament, sometimes bringing the cheerleaders with them.

Carol's older sister and only sibling, Betty Jewel, was disabled from birth. With the diligent, loving care from Carol, Betty was able to live a long and full life.

Carol was involved in a variety of community organizations in the valley. She was an active member of the local Home Demonstration Club; was a leader for the Shining Mountaineers 4-H Club; served as the Montana Winter Fair Foods Division organizer; was a charter member of Four Corners Baptist Church; was involved with local voting precinct and was the bookkeeper for Jerlay Farms.

Carol is survived by her husband, Milo Todd, of Bozeman; sons Mike (Janet) Todd, of Kennewick, Washington; Lindsay (Gail) Todd, of Pasco, Washington; Joe (Kareene) Todd, of Bozeman; and Jeff (Kimberly)Todd, of Bozeman; step-brother Gordon (Joyce) Pyrtle of Arkansas; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Jewel Larson; and her granddaughter, Jesse Jewel Todd.

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