Laura Edgmond Burkart


Laura Edgmond Burkart


Laura Burkart
Laura Burkart

Laura Edgmond Burkart, of Billings, passed away quietly at home on Sept. 24, 2014, six months short of her 100th birthday.

Laura was born on April 5, 1915, in Billings, to Effie Nettles Edgmond and William J. Edgmond. She grew up on the Huntley Project with six brothers and sisters, all of whom preceded her in death, except her younger sister, Eva Pearson of Billings.

Laura married Benjamin Burkart in September of 1939. They raised two children, Gary Lee Burkart (Monica) of Shell Lake, Wis., and Vicky Lynn Roda of Sacramento, Calif. Benjamin died in 1988.

Laura worked for many years in Billings drugstores, specializing in cosmetics. In later years, she bowled until the age of 95. She was a founding member of the Big Sky Polka Club, and enjoyed nearly 20 years of dancing with her partner, Jerry Hein.

Laura is survived by her two children, Gary and Vicky; two grandsons, Brian Lee Burkart (Norita) and Kevin Lee Burkart, both of Prior Lake, Minn.; her sister, Eva; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave., Billings. Interment will be in the Edgmond Family plot in Pleasantview Cemetery, Ballantine.

A reception will be held following the service in the community room of Magic City Terrace, located at 1439 Main Street, Billings Heights. Extra parking is available at Big Lots.

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  1. Gloria Gabel Bowman

    Vicky, I know you helped in the care of your mother and that was a wonderful gift. As I read about her full and long life, I thought what a vibrant woman she must have been. Wishing you peace.
    I would love to hear from you when you return to Sacramento. I can be reached at 852-1547 or
    Hugs, Gloria

  2. Denise G.--love from Minnesota

    Laura was a special lady, no-nonsense and full of life. Whether she tatted you a doily, made you a clay dough ornament, or sent you a greeting card she had “enhanced” with glitter and stickers, you knew where her heart was. She adored her two kids, and they adored her in return. I know it was your time and it was a blessing to have you for as long as we did, but you will still be missed. See you among the angels.

  3. Janell and John Bond

    We were blessed to know Laura through her friendship with my husband’s dad nearly 25 years ago. She will always be remembered for her generous spirit and constant smile. Every year our Xmas tree is adorned with Mom n Me ornaments that our kids always enjoyed. Over the years, we stayed in contact through Xmas cards and occasional visits. We were thankful for Kevin’s beautiful eulogy and how he so lovingly captured her zest for life and goodness. She will always hold a special place in our hearts. With deepest sympathy, Janell and John Bond and family

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