Laura Leanne Tilley Green

Laura Leanne Tilley Green

Feb. 10, 1938 – Nov. 8, 2022

Laura Leanne (Wegner) Tilley Green died peacefully in her sleep Nov. 8, 2022. She was born Feb. 10, 1938, in Fromberg, Montana. 

Laura was raised on a farm in Belfry, Montana. She often talked about her mom cooking for them. Her favorite treat was cream toast, and they could only have it when her daddy was away.

She often told about how hard it was to grow up on a farm and how hard the whole family had to work to keep it going.

Laura graduated from Belfry High School in 1956. She met Ed Tilley and married him on her 19th birthday in 1957. Together they had three children and adopted a fourth child. The family had many adventures and trips.

Later in life, after she and Ed went their separate ways, Laura stayed in Lovell to be close to her children. She eventually met and married Richard Green. With Richard, Laura was able to purchase her home.

After she and Richard went their separate ways, Laura learned to drive a semi-truck and trailer. She eventually owned her own small trucking company and had two trucks. She got to travel all over the country, and she sent her grandchildren postcards and spoons from the different places that she had gone. 

She loved adventure and doing new things, but she also enjoyed time at home in her trailer, fixing up the flower beds and keeping her lawn looking nice.

Above all, Laura loved her family. She frequently made things for her family. She made both April’s and Holly’s wedding dresses. She crocheted each of her grandchildren and children an afghan. She even crocheted an intricate rose lace bedspread for each of her children. She was a fun grandma who gamely dyed her hair purple with her granddaughter Sasha. 

She also loved watching football. She was a die-hard Broncos fan. She rooted for them when they first started up, and she rooted for them up until her death. She also rooted for any team who played against Tom Brady.

She was preceded in death by her son, Herbie Tilley, father David Wegner, mother Marie (Brown) Wegner Teeples, sister Lucille Ellis, brother Raymond Wegner and son-in-law Terry Dorall. 

She is survived by daughter April Dorall, son Douglas (Lisa) Tilley, daughter Holly (Sheldon) Flom, brothers Earl Wegner and Ernie Wegner, eight grandchildren, two step-granddaughters, three great-granddaughters and nephews James and Dale Buster, who cared for her until her death.

A memorial service and interment will be in the summer of 2023. She wanted to be buried next to her son Herbie and when it was warm and pretty outside. She wanted her family to celebrate her life and to share their stories of her among themselves.

Memorials can be made to the Lovell Fire Department Christmas baskets because, like her former neighbor, she wanted to be able to give to people who need just a little extra.