Obituary: Tillie Kilby - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Obituary: Tillie Kilby

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Tillie Kilby, 90, of Great Falls, passed away on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at her home at Highgate Assisted Living following a brief illness.

She was born in Eagle Butte, South Dakota on September 19, 1927, the eighth child of Joseph and Katherina Schatz. 

Tillie’s early years were spent on the farm south of Eagle Butte and later moved “to town” where Tillie attended school. 

Following her high school graduation she attended Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota pursuing a Nursing degree.  Tillie’s nursing career began in Rapid City, South Dakota in 1949.

While in Rapid City, Tillie met William “Bill” Kilby, a young engineering student who had recently completed his service in the Air Force.  

The two were married on August 19, 1952 in Rapid City.  The following year, their family grew with the birth of their daughter Kay.  Together they worked and built a new home and enjoyed their life in Rapid City.

In 1956, career opportunities brought the Kilby’s to Great Falls, Montana where Tillie continued her nursing career on a limited basis, her primary work was maintaining her home and insuring Kay was provided opportunities to grow.  

Tillie (and Bill) developed many life-long friendships within their neighborhood on the east end of Great Falls which have lasted for 60+ years.

To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the Schnider Funeral Home website.

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