Eloise “Ella” Hauskama, age 95, formerly of Glendive, Montana, passed away on Friday, April 6, 2012 at the Prairie Community Hospital in Terry. A Memorial Graveside service will be held later this summer in the Little Willow Cemetery in Belt, Montana. Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Ella was born on January 30, 1917 to Harold and Vina (Rowe) Robinson in Roberts, Idaho. Shortly after her birth her parents divorced and she was raised by her grandparents Michael and Ella Rowe. She was raised and educated in Roberts graduating from Roberts High School in 1935. After high school Ella went to two years of junior college in New Jersey. She met the love of her life Elmer Hauskama in Butte, Montana and they were later married on July 22, 1940 in Helena, Montana. During World War II she lived in Hershey, Pennsylvania and worked for the Hershey Factory. After the war they moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho where their two children were born. They later moved to Glendive in 1954 and resided there until 2005 when she moved to Terry due to health issues.
During her years in Glendive she worked at different businesses including Safeway, Supervalue, Ben Franklin, and her last place of employment being Anderson’s Department store, where she worked for over twenty years before she retired in 1982. Ella was an excellent seamstress and doll maker. She sold many dolls throughout the United States. Ella was also an avid gardener, and she took great pride in her flowers.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1994.
Survivors include her two daughters, Louise Rittal and her husband Dean of Glendive, Suzanne Johnston and her husband Rod of Enumclaw, Washington; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; one special friend and former caretaker Dawnya Kirkpatrick of Terry.
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Published April 11, 2012