Lois Jean Underwood


(July 16, 2007)

Lois Jean (McMillin) Underwood died Monday, July 16 at Edgewood Vista in Missoula, Mont., at the age of 80 as a result of complications of Alzheimer’s with which she had been suffering for 10 years.

She was born Jan. 24, 1927 in Cody to Joseph Norval and Clarice Ellen (Chase) McMillin, the youngest of nine children.  She married Dale Underwood in 1948, and together they had two daughters: LaWana Friis of Post Falls, Idaho and LaNette  Fowler of Missoula.

She is survived by her daughters; her son-in-law, John Fowler; her grandchildren, Brian Fowler, Brandon (Corey) Friis, Nikki (Jeff) Newcomb and Kara (Justin) DeArmond; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale,  on Oct. 13, 1975; her parents, Joseph Norval and Clarice McMillin; her sisters, Folsom (Pete) Schultz, Norma (Basil) Underwood, Ruth (Roy) Underwood; her brothers, Cecil (Dorothy) McMillin, Kenneth (Leola) McMillin, Harold (Mildred) McMillin, Clinton McMillin and Irvin McMillin.

She owned and operated Underwood Catering in Cody for 17 years prior to moving to Missoula in 1999 to be closer to her family.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be announced at a later date this fall in Cody, where Lois will be laid to rest next to her husband in Riverside Cemetery.