November 20, 2019
With a gentle tug, God reunited Stella (Rice) Lamb with her son, Bruce, in heaven on the evening of Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.
Services will be held at Kirkwood Funeral Home in Malta, Mont., on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. followed by a luncheon at the Assembly of God Church in Malta.
We will gather at the Saco Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. for graveside burials. In honor of Stella, the family requests that everyone wear bright colors.
Stella was born July 20, 1926, in Big Sandy, Mont., to Carrie and Walter Rice; she was the middle child of nine siblings. After graduation from high school, she went to work for the Great Northern Railroad as a telegraph operator. She met George H. Lamb while working at the depot and they were married two months later. World War II was going on and George was called to serve his country. Upon discharge, they moved to a small farm north of Saco, Mont., on the Milk River where they lived for 60 plus years and raised their three children, Ric, Sue, and Bruce. Stella worked at the Saco Public Schools as head cook for 31 years. She was very active in the Saco Assembly of God Church. In 2012, Stella and George moved to Malta to be closer to their business, R & G Quality Feeds, which they own along with their son, Ric.
Stella was a true homemaker with many talents of sewing, baking, cooking, canning, and taking care of the farm, hand in hand with George. Stella was known for her consistently successful garden, ability to always fight off the mosquitos, her fierce board games skills, which she passed on to her grandchildren, and always having homemade cinnamon rolls and chocolate chips cookies awaiting when company arrived. She would never turn down a sweet treat or a handful of chocolate chips and was always up for working on a puzzle.
The last few years of Stella's life were filled with some health challenges but during that time her and George's love never wavered. They always tried to be side by side even in sickness. They would have celebrated 75 years of marriage on this coming Jan. 15.
Stella will be missed for all that she was and all the great memories and life lessons she passed onto her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She is proceeded in death by seven of her siblings; parents; one son, Bruce Lamb; and one grandson, Dusty Prestwich.
Stella is survived by her husband, George Lamb, of 74 years; one son, Ric (Cori), of Malta; one daughter, Sue McQuillan, of Joliet, Mont .; one daughter-in-law, Cindy Lamb, of Havre, Mont .; one brother, George Rice (Helen), of Big Sandy, Mont .; nine grandsons, Travis Lamb (Lizette), of Hinsdale, Mont., Jason Lamb (Janelle), of Sidney, Mont., Justin Lamb (Gina), of Malta, Landon Lamb (Janina), of Townsend, Mont., Kelly Lamb, of Missoula, Mont., Tyler Lamb, of Bozeman, Mont., Seth Prestwich, of Seattle, Wash., Josh McQuillan (Amber), of Joliet, and Cole McQuillan (Jolene), of Joliet; two granddaughters, Katie Croft (Jon), of Joliet, and Morgan McQuillan, of Joliet; 28 great-grandchildren; and multiple nieces and nephews.
While we are all missing our wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma, we know that at 93 years young she was ready to join the angels and be in complete peace.
Memorials may be made to the Hi-Line Retirement Center in Malta. Condolences for the family may be left at http://www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com.