April 2, 2014 | Volume 101 / Number 14

W. Lois Lonnquist

W. Lois (Smith) Lonnquist, 78, passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Helena. She was born to Leonard and Stella (Fisher) Smith in Spokane, Wash., May 30, 1935, and lived most of her life in eastern and western Montana and the Midwest.

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She earned a BA in English at UW-LaCrosse. Her career in media spanned freelance writing, radio, television and newspaper, including 13 years at the Helena Independent Record. She is the author of "Fifty Cents an Hour," a history of the builders and boomtowns of the Fort Peck Dam described in "LIFE 75 Years: The Very Best of LIFE" as "authoritative."

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