Lena Ruth James Buckley, 91, went to be with the “Good Lord” Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.
He was born Sept. 30, 1927, to Edward and Edna James and had two brothers, Ted and E.J. 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 then 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 30, 1962. They moved to Hysham, Montana, 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, 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/dispatcher.
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. After moving to Sheridan, she was cared for by the 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 a.m. prior to the service at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 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, Montana.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.
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