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Lois J. Hege

March 9, 1938 — March 24, 2021

Lois Jean Abbey Hege

3/9/1938 - 3/24/2021

Lois Jean Abbey Hege, 83, a beloved mother, wife, grandmother, and friend went home to be with the Lord on March 24th. Recently, Lois shared a wish with one of her sons to ‘rock the grandbabies in heaven’, and she passed peacefully in her sleep not long after. She will be lovingly remembered for her unwavering faith, care for her family, generosity to her church community, and being a true friend to many throughout the course of her life.

Lois was born on March 9th, 1938 to Irl and Noetta Abbey in Missoula, Montana. Lois spoke fondly of her childhood in Missoula and had many great friends. Her mother and father were very dear and special to her, and she considered them the most influential people in her life. In high school she worked at the Blue Fountain in the historic Florence Hotel. She was a 1956 graduate of Missoula County High School. Lois married Don Hege on December 19th, 1956 at First Christian Church in Missoula. Together they raised three boys. She said her goal as a parent was to raise good citizens and good, Godly people with a “pinch of generosity.”

One of the highlights in Lois’ life was her church community, and worshipping with friends and family at Missoula Alliance Church. As an active member of the church prayer chain, Lois prayed for hundreds of people from family members and friends to missionaries and church staff, earning her the title of ‘prayer warrior’ in the family.

In 64 years of marriage, Don and Lois watched their family grow. Lois delighted in her nine grandchildren and was always cheering from the sidelines for sporting events and activities. Despite a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 1989, Lois continued to be a central part of all of the family events. For Don and Lois’ 50th wedding anniversary, the entire family went on a cruise to Belize and Mexico. It was a special and memorable celebration for Don and Lois. In 2018 Don and Lois moved to The Springs At Missoula. Don and Lois quickly made many great friends in the community who were a great support to them in Lois’ last months.

Lois is survived by Don Sr., her husband, her sister Judy Hazelbaker, and her three sons: Don Jr. (Laurie) Hege, John (Wendy) Hege, and Brad (Marti) Hege. Surviving grandchildren include Heather Hege, Asia Hege (Jordan deVos), Alison (Phillip) Minder and great grandson Everett, Cord (Elyse) Hege, Joshua Hege, Lars (Jordan) Hege, Abbey (Zach) Wainwright, Samantha Hege (Hunter Paulson), and Erica Hege. Lois is preceded in death by her parents, sisters Ruby and Alice, and brother Bob.

Lois’ family wanted to share the following scripture in celebration of her life: Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God.

Memorials can be made to the Missoula Alliance Church Benevolent Fund at

Family Services will be held April 3rd, 11:00 am at GardenCity Funeral Home.

Lois Jean Abbey Hege

March 9, 1938
Missoula, Montana

Entered Eternal Life:
March 24, 2021
Missoula, Montana

Memorial Service 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 3, 2021
Garden City Funeral Home

Order of Service:

Greeting -Don Hege Jr (son)
Opening Prayer-- Donnie Gebhard
Wonderful Merciful Savior – Soloist Erica Hege (granddaughter)
Pianist Stephany Blevins (friend of family)
Obituary Reading – Asia Hege (granddaughter)
Scripture Reading – Marti Hege (daughter-in-law)
Pastoral Comments – Micah Dalbey – Missoula Alliance Church
Tribute to Lois (written by John Hege) – Read by Elyse Hege (granddaughter)
Open Mic Share – Don Hege Jr facilitator
Invitation to Reception
Honorary Pallbearers:
Randy Dalen Fred Stout Rick Swanson
Bill “Doc“ Reynolds Mike Pecarich John Robinson
******Video Tribute – Hege family contributors
Compiled by Zach and Abbey Wainwright (grandchildren)
live streaming will be available Below.

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Mountain time)

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