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MALTA- Lila M. Boos Raymond passed away October 20, 2017 at the Hi-Line Retirement Center in Malta of natural causes.

    Rosary will be at 6:30 P.M. on Wednesday, October 25 at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel with a wake service to follow. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 A.M. Thursday, October 26 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Malta Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at

    Lila was born June 25, 1926 on the Boos homestead north of Wagner, MT to August A. and Anna L. Boos. Lila grew up in a music, fun- filled home with four brothers and three sisters. Lila attended grade school in a one-room country school at Waleston and graduated from Dodson High School in 1944. Due to the teacher shortage, Lila obtained her Emergency Teacher Certificate and she attended Western College in Dillon and started teaching at the early age of 18. Lila’s first job was at the Berg School where she taught grades 1-8. This was the start of a 42-year teaching career. Her next teaching job took her to Dodson where she taught 3rd and 4th grades for 6 years. In 1952 she moved to Malta where she taught for the next 34 years. Throughout her early teaching career she continued her education and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Northern Montana College in 1961. Lila was a self-taught pianist and loved playing for her students. Anyone who had Mrs. Raymond as a teacher will certainly remember her lively rendition of Boogie-Woogie she played on the piano. Lila retired from teaching in 1986.

    Lila married Dwayne Raymond on November 27, 1954. They made their home in Malta and also had a farm and ranch south of town. They had 2 sons, Charles “Chuckie” and Daniel August, they lost Chuckie at a young age due to a congenital heart defect. Lila was a big sports fan and could be found at many high school sporting events throughout the years. She was also an excellent bowler and had many trophies to prove it. In addition to playing the piano, Lila loved to sing with her sisters – Evelyn, Lewellyn and Mary Lou. The Boos Sisters were well known in and around Phillips County. She loved playing pinochle in the Women’s Marathon league and gave many “lessons” to her son and nephews, around the card table – to this day the boys are still suspicious of her good luck and uncanny ability to know just which cards her partner was holding.

    Lila was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Adult Choir, VFW, and Red Hatters and also volunteered at the food bank and Senior meals programs. She enjoyed having coffee and rolls with her sisters and friends and loved visits from former students.

    Lila is survived by her son Dan of Malta; sisters, Lewellyn of Malta, Mary Lou of Scobey and three sister-in-laws, Lillian Boos, Karen Boos of Malta and Joyce Boos of Scobey.

    Lila was preceded in death by her husband Dwayne, infant son Chuckie, parents August and Anna, brothers Joseph, Vincent, Bernard, Leonard, Donald, Thomas and sister, Evelyn Starkey. Lila is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Guest Book

From: Teresa (Miller) Sayers

I can hear the music now. A wonderful lady who touched so many lives across generations. Peace and comfort to the family.

From: Sharon Kindle

Always a laugh, a song, especially Boogie Woogie!! Loved it when she played and sang that song.
She leave us with so much to remember her by.

From: Cheryl Barnard

Sending deepest sympathy to all of Mrs. Raymond's family. She was my 4th grade teacher. I enjoyed being in her class and always music. When I broke my femur in 2013 and had too go to nursing home, she was right there remembering me and encouraging me. I will always remember her. With deepest sympathy!! Cheryl Barnard

From: Debbie Demarais

Dan and Family:
I was blessed to have Mrs. Raymond as a teacher. Even though it has been said you need to know what joyful memories I have of her playing the Boogie Woogie. I will forever remember her smile while she played and the entire gym lighting up with positive energy. I truly believe her playing made Malta Grade School a better place and us better students. I know she brightened my day many times. I am also lucky to have been able to spend time with her at the HiLine. Her smile still had the ability light up the room. She just loved my dogs and my dogs loved her. Thank you Mrs Raymond.... Rest Peacefully.

From: Diane Smith

I will always remember Lila for her great sense of humor and hardy laugh. Rest in peace, my old friend.

From: Susan McKoy Lucht

Mrs. Raymond was my 2nd Grade teacher. She was a strict but fair teacher. My favorite memories were the books she read to her class every day after lunch. I did this same thing when I became an elementary teacher. My husband Gordy, his sister, Bonnie McMullen (also Lila’s former students), and I had a chance to visit her this last summer. She was so excited to visit with us! An exceptional lady who will be missed!!

From: Alan Erickson

I will never forget Mrs Raymond she was a great teacher and a great person she will be missed greatly

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