Loyce B. Peterson

December 25, 1955


April 15, 2021

Loyce B. Peterson

December 25, 1955


April 15, 2021

BIG SKY — Loyce B. Peterson, 65, of Big Sky, passed away unexpectedly on April 15, 2021, at her home.

She was born on Dec. 25, 1955, in Billings, to James and Barbara Battin. She is loved and survived by her best friend and devoted husband, Craig Peterson; sister Patricia (Tom Pfeiffer) Battin; brother James (Mary) Battin Jr.; daughter Hannah (Jason) Decker; son Roy (Brooke) Peterson; and three precious grandsons, Wells Peterson, Crew Peterson and Ellis Decker.

Loyce spent her childhood moving between Billings and Virginia with her sister, brother and parents following her father’s career as a lawyer, congressman and federal judge. As a family, they enjoyed socializing with local friends and neighbors. While living in Virginia, she met Sarah Feuerstein, becoming girl scouts together and lifelong friends. Loyce spent her summers in Montana enjoying the company of her cousins Charlyn, Bobbie and John Lacklen.

She graduated from Billings West High School in 1974. That fall, she moved to Bozeman to attend college. While there, she met her future husband Craig Peterson at a Halloween party. They enjoyed attending concerts, theatrical productions and exploring the beautiful Montana outdoors together. Their outdoor adventures took them to local ski areas, Bridger Bowl and the newly developed Big Sky Resort, which began their lifelong love of skiing. They also enjoyed hiking, camping and backpacking through the Montana mountains. Loyce graduated with a degree in social work from Montana State University.

Loyce and Craig were married on Sept. 8, 1979, and began their lives together in Billings. They celebrated 41 wonderful years together. Craig and Loyce welcomed two children into the world, Hannah and Roy. Loyce stayed home with her daughter for two years before beginning her career in Social Work. She began working at Deaconess Billings Clinic as a social worker and became passionate about the treatment of the elderly. Three and a half years later, her son was born. She continued her career in social work, and was employed by the Visiting Nurse Service prior to starting her own home care business, Wild Rose Care Management. The last several years of her career were spent working for Billings Clinic, where she was able to continue advocating for elderly people. She also cultivated many friendships with her coworkers and was well respected.

After retiring, Loyce and Craig begin spending more time in Big Sky and eventually relocated there. Becoming part of the local community was important to Loyce, and she began building relationships with neighbors and others on the slopes. Loyce and Craig spent time at local concerts, events, and volunteered as Mountain Hosts at Big Sky Resort. This combined her love of skiing with her desire to contribute to the community. Attending live sporting events was also something she enjoyed. Loyce was fond of traveling, including taking cruises and looked forward to future adventures.

Some of her children’s fondest memories include summers spent rafting, canoeing, camping, hiking, climbing boulders and exploring ghost towns across Montana. The family was also active in the winter, skiing every weekend. Loyce loved spending time with her family and believed in teaching strong values and building character in her children. The most wonderful mother to her two children, Hannah and Roy, and proud grandmother to her precious grandsons, Wells, Crew and Ellis. She was dedicated to raising them to be hardworking, thoughtful problem solvers who built a strong relationship with God. She was the example of integrity, thoughtfully guiding all those she loved to do the right thing.

Our hearts are broken, though we take refuge in knowing that she is at peace in Heaven.

She was cremated, as was her wish. Services are to be held at First Presbyterian Church, Billings on Friday, April 23, at 2 p.m.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Big Sky Senior Services, 935 Lake Elmo Drive, Suite: B, Billings, MT 59105; or a charity of your choice.

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15 thoughts on “Loyce B. Peterson”

  1. Our hearts are broken for you, Craig, and your dear family. I so enjoyed knowing Loyce from Poly Drive school all the way to working side by side with her at VNS. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy. In Sympathy, Libby and Jim Markus

  2. To Hannah and all of Loyce’s family, I am so very sorry to hear this terrible news. I’ve known Loyce for many years and, although we were not close friends, I was very fond of her. She had a way of remembering people and exuding warmth and caring even if we hadn’t seen each other for a long time. She was taken too soon but will be remembered with much affection. Please accept my sincere sympathy at this difficult time. Judy

  3. I knew Loyce over the years and worked with her networking for people as a fellow social worker. She was so very kind and warm. I am so sad to hear of her loss. What a wonderful gift she was to this world! God bless all of you, her family as God carries your hearts in His. Fond memories and warm thoughts and prayers your way.

    1. I am devastated to learn the news of Loyce’s passing so unexpectedly. I will always remember her sweet smile and loving demeanor. She was a true gem and now has a final resting place in Heaven. She will be given all the love she gave to others throughout her career. Prayers and peace of mind to her family and friends!

  4. My heart is heavy today over losing such a special friend and advocate. Loyce volunteered for Big Sky Senior Services for years and most recently on the Yellowstone Valley Guardianship Council. She was living her dream in Big Sky skiing and enjoying the great outdoors. Condolences to her family. Thoughts & prayers are with you.

  5. Kathleen Weichel

    Craig and family, We are so sorry to hear that Loyce has passed from this world. May God bless you and family with comfort and peace. Tom and Kathy Weichel

  6. Maureen Wambeke

    Dear Craig and family –
    Loyce’s obituary was a lovely tribute to what is clearly an awesome person! So glad you shared her wonderful life and companionship.
    Sincerely –
    Maureen Wambeke

  7. Loyce was the first person I met in the 8th grade when we moved to Billings. She was my best friend all through high school. We went to youth group and Bible study together. I spent many many nights at her house and even went on vacation with the family. We celebrated our birthdays together as they were only 9 days apart. In our teenage years we were inseparable. Loyce was an amazing person. I can not believe that she is gone. Craig, Hannah, and Roy you are in my prayers. Heaven has gained a beautiful, gentle angel.

  8. Craig, Hannah and Roy: We were rather stunned to hear of Loyce’s passing. Certainly extend our very fondest well wishes your way. Not easy to put into words our thoughts when someone’s loved one goes. Simply, our love, prayers and very best regards,
    Don & Dawn

  9. Craig and Family. My heart goes out to you on Loyce’s passing. I enjoyed working with Loyce professionally and she was a friend. She was a very kind and caring person and will be missed by so many people that she touched. My deepest sympathies to you.

  10. Dear Family of Loyce,
    I am so sorry to hear about Loyce. She was a student in my history class at West, where I knew her to have all of the wonderful qualities described here. She was a truly good person. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Craig, and your children as you journey through this terrible loss. Loyce always had a beautiful smile; and that is how we will remember her!
    With much sympathy, Robin and Gordon

  12. Roy and family, I am so sorry. Please know that we are thinking of you and your family and sending prayers for comfort.
    With Love,
    Brooke’s Aunt Nellie

  13. Diane W Kersten

    Craig and family. My upmost condolences to you all. What a shock!! I worked as a social worker with Loyce both at the Billings Clinic and in the community. Loyce was an ethical social worker, who was honest and responsible. As well, she had the creative spirit and energy to start her own company. I remember her beauty, her striking height and blond hair. Blessed is her memory.

  14. Craig, Roy and Hannah,

    I knew Loyce as a friend and respected colleague. I so enjoyed hearing her speak lovingly of you all. She welcomed others with her kind open manner. Her presence calmed ships in stormy seas. She was true.

    I am grateful to have known her.
    My deepest condolences to you, her beloved family.

    Very sincerely,
    Diane Arkava

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