By HDN Staff
GREAT FALLS Lois S. (Melby) Knutson, 61, died Thursday, April 12, 2001 at her home in Great Falls of lung cancer.
Graveside services and burial will be 9 a.m. Tuesday in Highland Cemetery in Great Falls.
Knutson was born April 2, 1940 in Havre and attended schools in Kremlin.
She married William Dropps Jr. in Kremlin in 1956. They divorced in 1979. She married Joe Knutson in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho in 1988.
Knutson worked in food service at the Rainbow Hotel for almost 20 years.
She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and Eagles Auxiliary.
Knutson enjoyed collecting recipes, cooking, gardening and sewing.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons and two daughters.
Survivors include her husband, Joe Knutson of Great Falls; daughters, Lona Lee of Great Falls, Lorri Larsen of Spokane, Wash. and Joan Brekke of Chester; sons, Bill Dropps Pendleton, Ore., Mike Dropps of Denver and Marlon Dropps of Las Vegas; sisters, Retha Ernst of Lewistown, Mildred Wilson of Havre and Frances Halter of Auburn, Wash.; brothers, Dave Melby and Marvin Melby of Havre and Bud Melby of Kremlin; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Peace Hospice of Montana, P.O. Box 7008, Great Falls, MT 59403-7008.
Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home is handling arrangements.