Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service

Luella White

June 14, 1927 ~ November 05, 2017

Luella (Lue) White, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 5, 2017.

Born Luella Christina Nickelson in Livingston, Montana, on June 14, 1927, to Carl (Kelly) Nickelson and Lillian Williams Nickelson; she was baptized in the English Lutheran Church in Livingston. She spent her early years on the family ranch at Cokedale and had many fond memories of playing with her younger siblings and cousins.  When she was 12 the family moved to Livingston where her father was employed by the Northern Pacific Railroad.

She met the love of her life, William (Bill) White, in 1945 when he was on leave from the Navy; after his discharge they married June 3, 1946, in Seattle, Washington.  This union resulted in five children – Kellene, Karen, Bill, Terry and Shawnee.

They returned to Cokedale in 1947.   Bill's work as an ironworker took them to Washington in 1954; they returned to Montana then in 1955.  They had the adventurous idea to travel to Fairbanks, Alaska, where Bill worked as an ironworker primarily on the DEW line and Lue was a stay-at-home Mom.   When Alaska became the 49th state in 1959 the family enjoyed the festivities to celebrate statehood.  In1961 they moved back to Montana to Bill's hometown of Bozeman where he owned and operated Bil-Mar Custom Upholstery and Lue started her career at the newly opened Hillcrest Retirement Home.  She enjoyed her job and continued working after Bill's death; Lue retired in 1993 after 30 years as supervisor of housekeeping.

When Bill was alive they enjoyed camping, gardening and cross-country skiing.  Avid Bobcat fans they were season ticket holders and never missed a game in 25 years.  They traveled to Hawaii and throughout the West.  After retirement Lue spent the next 13 years doing various craft projects; she enjoyed gardening and spent many hours tending to her abundant variety of flowers and vegetables.   She loved to entertain and hosted all the holiday family dinners.

Following surgery in 2006 she moved into Highgate Senior Living; in 2012 she moved in with her oldest daughter, Karen.  In her later years she still enjoyed growing patio flowers and plants and crafting.  She especially looked forward to her weekly shopping adventures.

She was a member of the Women of the Moose and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Lue is survived by her daughter, Karen Gordon; son, Bill White and wife Debbie; and daughter, Shawnee Llewellyn and husband James all of Bozeman; grandchildren, Kellene Gordon and husband Leonard Hughes of Virginia, Wade Gordon of Florida, Brian White and wife Suzi of Bozeman, Tara Muscarella and husband Dan of New York, Shelby Arguellas and husband B. J. of Washington and Derrick Llewellyn and wife Ranae of Missouri;15 great-grandchildren; her brother, Duane Nickelson;  and sister, Eddy Kinnick both of Cokedale; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and their children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, in 1987; her daughters, Kellene White in 1947 and Terry Schmid in 1998; and her son-in-law, Bruce Gordon in 2010.

On November 9, 2017, a private family gathering was held as were Lue's wishes with interment at Sunset Hills Cemetery.