Lucille S. Bartley, 89, of Great Falls, passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at Peace Hospice.
Lucille Margaret (Sande) Bartley was born on January 6, 1931, in Havre, Montana to Francis and Mary (Gillet) Sande. She grew up in Gildford, Rudyard, and Havre with her four younger brothers. She loved spending time with her grandparents, Nate and Margaret Gillet. She attended schools in Gildford and Great Falls, graduating from the Ursuline Academy in 1948. Lucille received a three year scholarship to attend the Columbus School of Nursing upon graduating from high school. She had goals to follow her dream of working as a nurse in pediatrics when she met Leo J. Bartley while she was working as a nursing student at Columbus Hospital and he was working as an orderly.
She followed her heart and on June 8, 1949, Lucille and Leo were married at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Havre. They lived in Great Falls and together they raised eight children, seven girls and one boy. While raising her children she operated an at home daycare for approximately 10 years. When she closed the daycare, she went to work at Columbus Hospital as a ward secretary. She worked for 30 plus years and continued to work on call after her retirement.
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