Ann Spurway


Ann Spurway


Ann Spurway
Ann Spurway

Ann Spurway passed peacefully from this life on Friday, July 22, 2016, at her residence at Rimview Square, St. John’s Lutheran Home, Billings. She was 97.

Ann Lily Keller Spurway was born to Bert and Myrtle Keller in Cameron, Mont., on Aug. 25, 1918. She grew up in Edgar and graduated from Edgar High School in 1936. She attended Billings Business College in 1937. On Sept. 11, 1938, she married Arthur James Spurway. They made their home in Billings, and were married for 52 years, until Art’s death in 1990. They had one child, Betty Ann Spurway McKinney.

Ann was a bookkeeper by profession. She worked at Billings Hardware, Marshall Wells, and Sears and Roebuck. She was a dedicated homemaker, seamstress, gardener, and an extraordinary cook. She loved her flowers, and hardly a day passed when she did not have a flower pinned to the front of her blouse, near to her heart. She was a lifelong learner and avid reader. Ann loved to travel, and visited many states and nations over the course of her life.

Ann served her Lord, her friends and her family unrelentingly. Her great joy in life was giving of her time, her service and her love to the Lord and to others. She volunteered faithfully at First United Methodist Church of Billings, The Riverside Neighbors Home Extension Club, Elysian Elementary School, The Billings Food Bank, St. Vincent’s Hospital, The Billings Senior Center, United Methodist Women, Church Women United, and many more places.

For the last nine years of her life, she resided at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries Community in Billings, where she was a light and a blessing to all who knew her.

Ann is preceded to heaven by her husband, Art; and sister Edith Keller Mullowney. She leaves behind many loving friends, nieces, nephews, daughter Betty McKinney, and grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Ryan and Stephanie McKinney.

“I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.”

— John 11:25-26

Ann embraced life as few people do. Now that she is with Jesus, she is more ALIVE than ever. We thank God for the life of Ann Spurway.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Ocee Johnson Chapel at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road, Billings.

Memorial gifts may be given to St. John’s Lutheran Ministries in Billings, First United Methodist Church of Billings, or Rick Bonfim Ministries (where Ann’s daughter Betty McKinney serves as a Licensed Minister and Missionary to many nations — PO Box 250, Bogart, GA 30622).

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5 thoughts on “Ann Spurway”

  1. Carolyn Zeiler Hefner

    Dear Betty Ann, sending our condolences on the passing of your mother. We have such great memories of the home on the river, the wild game in your father’s studio (that posed no threat as they towered over our heads with unblinking eyes!), the apple orchard, and great friends that lived at the end of the lane! It all seems like a thousand years ago, doesn’t it! Please know that we all reflect on the “good ole days” and remember your family as part of the good memories! The Zeilers

  2. Betty Ann you may or may not remember me. I am Irma Anderson’s daughter. You and I played Barbies together while our mother’s did Riverside Neighbors projects. Irma is 95 years old now. She always speaks so highly of Ann. We know that Ann is seeing more glory now than our minds could ever imagine. Well done, good and faithful servant. Janet Anderson.

  3. Rev. Gregory Ned Blevins

    Betty, I was saddened to learn of your mother’s falling asleep in the Lord. I pray that the Lord surround you and fill you with the comfort that only comes from Him as well as His peace “that passes all understanding”.

    May your mother’s memory be eternal.

    Yours in Christ Jesus,
    Ned Blevins

  4. Betty, our hearts are with you today as you say your final earthly goodbye to your dear Mom. What a wonderful legacy she has left you and Ryan. As long as you live you’ll be sharing that legacy with people all over the world. Your friendship means so much to Angie and me. Today we grieve with you, but we also celebrate joyfully the life that has only now just to really begin. Love and hugs! – Paul and Angie

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