Lorraine Skalsky Shepard, 94, of Billings, passed away Thursday, April 29, 2021, in a peaceful sleep with family at her bedside. She was born on Dec. 29, 1926, in Glen Ullin, North Dakota, the daughter of Mary Gerving and Jacob Anton Skalsky. She was born the fourth child into their family, that eventually consisted of thirteen children: having two half-sisters (Betty & Florence), four sisters (Bernita, Virginia, Arlene, and Shirley), and six brothers (James, Leonard, Ernie, Irvin, Clarence, and Clifford).
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The family was raised in the Glen Ullin area and worked several local farms. The children attended school at the local farming community’s country school. Her first job outside of performing farming chores was to work as a dish-washer at the Giezen Café in Glen Ullin.
She then left home at the age of 18 and had the opportunity to travel to various States and see the country while being employed for a magazine sales company.
She moved to the Billings area and began working in the food service industry as a waitress and met her first husband (Adoph Nelson). Together they had four children: consisting of three sons (Albert, Everett, and Eric) and one daughter (Glennda). After a divorce and her having sole custody of the children, she eventually met her second husband (Dee Shepard). Dee entered into the marriage with four adult children of his own from a previous marriage: three sons (Wayne, Duane, and Thomas) and a daughter (Shirley); but together they had three more children of their own: consisting of two daughters (Susan & Sandra) and one son (Douglas).
She enjoyed all activities that brought family members together: playing cards and board games, puzzles, Holiday meals, reading romance books, camping/fishing trips, BINGO, yearly road trips to North Dakota, and any other type of reunion event.
She is survived by three sisters: Virginia (Fred) Mueller of Denver, Arlene Schatz of Glen Ullin, and Shirley Grosz of Bismarck; one brother: Clifford Skalsky of Mandan; two sons: Albert (Maura) Nelson of Denver, and Douglas (Beverly) Shepard of Billings; three daughters: Glennda (Wayne) Abbey of Billings, Susan (Duwanne) Carner of Billings, and Sandra (Donald) Quigley of Billings; as well as fifteen grand-children, six great grand-children, one great-great grand-child, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, at the Smith Funerals Chapel, 304 34th St W in Billings, Mt. In lieu of flowers, send donations or memorials to Compassus Hospice of Billings or any other Hospice agency of your choice.