Lena Buckley

Lena Buckley

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Lena Ruth James Buckley, 91 went to be with the “Good Lord” Monday, September 23rd, 2019.  Born September 30th, 1927 to Edward and Edna James she had two brothers Ted and EJ. During the depression they were sent to her grandparents’ James and Lena Braddock’s farm. Their only entertainment was listening to Grandmother read the Bible by kerosene lamp. At age 16 she went to work at a furniture store upholstering chairs. Putting herself through night school in office procedures she was promoted to an office position. Lena bought a roadster, moved to Aztec, New Mexico and went to work in a second hand store where she met William Buckley. They went to “steak dinner” and got married April 30th, 1962. They moved to Hysham and raised three sons Billy Jr., Eddy and Tom. After praying six years for two girls they adopted Joy Ruth and Lena Ann. She loved being a stay-at-home mother and housewife. She was an avid Hysham Bonnie fan. She and  Bill followed the girls to all their games.  They made casting plaster décor; she sewed doll clothes; painted Artex; made ceramics and decorated cakes. She and Joan Cunningham started a medical clinic and became “best buddies.” She also worked as the sheriff’s secretary/dispatch. After Bill’s death she moved to Hardin and helped care for her granddaughters. She worked at the book store, museum and Heritage Acres nursing home where she was recognized as an outstanding employee. Lena was a member of the Lutheran Church under Pastor Dan Jacobs and enjoyed painting with her friend Lonnie Jacobs. Moving to Sheridan she was cared for by staff at Sheridan Manor and Green House Living. She was served by Pastor Paul Cain of the Lutheran Church. Lena was the matriarch of the family and passed her faith in the “Good Lord” as she called him to her children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter. Lena is survived by her daughters Joy Buckley, Lena (Wailes) Yellowtail, grandchildren Jamie, Bethany, Juanita, Stephen, William and Matthew and great-granddaughter Aaliyah McCormick.A Viewing will be held at 9:00 am prior to the Service at 10:00 am on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at Kane Funeral Home. A Reception will follow in the Kane Reception Hall. Burial will be held in the Rancher Cemetery in Hysham, MT.Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.

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