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Elna Saur

Elna Margaret Saur

Thursday, May 26th, 1927 - Sunday, October 13th, 2019
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Funeral services for Elna Saur will be held Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Smith Funeral Chapel, 925 S. 27th Street. Viewing will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Please visit Elna’s online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for her family at
Elna Margaret Cullen Saur left this world to join her husband, Bill Saur, in the arms of Jesus on October 13, 2019 in Billings, Montana. She died of natural causes at St. John’s Nursing Home surrounded by family.
Elna Margaret Cullen was born May 26, 1927 in Marsh, Montana to Chester Cullen and Christina (Sackman) Cullen. She attended grade school in Marsh, middle school in Fallon, and high school in Glendive, Montana. She pursued a teaching degree at Dawson County Community College, but didn’t finish because of an issue with her vision.
She married William (Bill) Fred Saur on December 21, 1947. They moved to Billings, MT in order for Bill to pursue his career in accounting and construction management. Together they raised 5 children. Elna stayed home and was a true homemaker. Bill and Elna chose to help raise two foster boys: Willy Springer and Kevin Hill.
In 1955 when Bill’s sister and husband were in a terrible accident, they took in Anita and their nieces as their own. She provided hospitality for family and friends and was a hostess to numerous missionaries when they traveled through the area. The contact with missionaries in the home was a contributing factor to the interest her children and grandchildren have in foreign ministry.
Her love for reading the Bible and desire to grow in her faith was evident by her daily readings. Elna showed her love for Jesus by teaching flannel graph Bible stories to children in her home through Child Evangelism Fellowship, being a leader for Bible Study Fellowship, and by serving in various roles in each of the churches she attended.
She prayed daily for her family and friends. Elna could be described as a prayer warrior. If anyone had a specific prayer request, they would merely ask Elna and she would pray in earnest. She loved people and always was willing to listen, without interruption or judgment. Her smile, sweet demeanor, and contagious sense of humor will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her five children: Tim (Marily) Saur of Vancouver, WA; Tom Saur of Sheridan, WY; Ted (Denise) Saur of Sacramento, CA; Tina (Mark) Eumurian of Oakdale, MN; and Toby (Lisa) Saur of Billings, MT; 12 grandchildren: Alisa Saur, Timothy Saur, Christina(Steve) Papoulias, Ben(Anastasia) Saur, Adrienne(Vladimir) de Caballero, Joel Saur, Sasha Saur, Isaac(Tracey) Saur, Jacob Saur, Shawna Eumurian, Blaque Saur, Sam Saur and 6 great grandchildren. She is survived by her two step brothers Don(Noreen) Hohensee and Bob(Mardell) Hohensee.
She has been preceded in death by her parents, brother Larry, and husband Bill of 67 years.
The family would like to give a special thanks for the care given to her by all of the staff at Jensen Cottage (St John’s United).
Donations in her honor can be given to Bible Study Fellowship or Child Evangelism Fellowship.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 25th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, October 25th, 2019 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Smith Downtown Chapel
    925 S. 27th Street
    Billings, MT 59101
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 10:00am
    Smith Downtown Chapel
    925 South 27th Street
    BILLINGS, MT 59101
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  • Interment

    Sunset Memorial Gardens
    1721 Central Ave
    BILLINGS, MT 59102
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Brent and Lee Anne Cash

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Our deepest sympathies in the loss of your mother.
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Heidi Lee

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I was recalling how Mrs. Saur always had the time to really listen even though I was just a child/teenager. She also was involved in a program where we listened to Bible verses that I had memorized on a weekly basis. We had many wonderful meals at the house - she was a great cook and preserved food from the garden. Both Bill and Elna were so generous. Wonder if her mansion will have a big welcoming kitchen?! ❤️❤️ Heidi Lee

Linda Vournas

Posted at 10:13am
Elna and my mom were both residents in Jensen Cottage at St John's United and we got to spend many wonderful moments together. Elna's smile could light up a room! Even after she was unable to speak much, her face could tell you if she liked the food, wanted us to put something different on the TV or if she was glad to see you. Mom passed away a week before Elna. My heart breaks for Toby and the rest of the family. Rest in peace, sweet Elna.
Linda Vournas

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