Venetta Ruth Kimbrell was born on October 11, 1929 to Oscar and Lily Anderson in Creston, Montana. Venetta was raised in Lake Blaine where she went to a one-room school house. She had a number of stories about the adventures she had with her siblings and the neighborhood kids.
At 19 she traveled to Indiana where she met and married Louis. They were married on January 14, 1949 after only knowing each other for two weeks. For the next 27 years, they traveled with the US Army until Louis retired, settling in Kalispell. During this time they raised their five children: Linda, Louis Jr, Timothy, Susan, and Leila.
Venetta worked as a waitress and cook for many years. People might remember her from the Sportsman's Cafe on Main Street.
She loved to watch and feed the birds and squirrels that frequented her yard. She loved her flowers and was quite famous for her tulips—the deer in her yard just loved them! She loved to fish and collect rocks while walking the river banks. Often she would return from the river weighed down with many rocks in her fishing vest, but no fish. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and was a long time member of St. Matthews Catholic Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents Oscar and Lily, her sister Della've and brother Oscar Jr, her son Timothy Kimbrell, and her great-granddaughter Laykin Humphreys.
Venetta is survived by her husband, Louis of 68 years, her children, Linda (Bill) Kral of Nobleford, Alberta, Louis Jr. (Anne) of Kalispell, Susan (Kelly) Hartman of Kalispell, Leila (James) Lockwood of Kalispell, 10 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, her sister Orletta Loveall of Kalispell, her brother William Lash of Texas, numerous nieces and nephews, and her beloved cat Marcy and the neighborhood cat Fluffy Pants.
A viewing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 7 at Johnson-Gloschat Funeral home. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 10 at St. Matthew's Catholic Church with burial to follow at Fairview Cemetery. Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home is caring for the family.