Yvonne L. McLain, 82, passed away in her home with her family by her side on May 25th, 2021. Cremation has been entrusted to Croxford Funeral Home and a Memorial Service will be planned for a later date.
Vonnie (as she preferred to be called) was born on June 16th, 1938 in Sturgis, SD; she was one of six children born to Ford and Eunice (Venne) LeBarron. Vonnie graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1956, after high school she married Ken Gusick, and they had four children together; Their marriage ended in divorce. Sometime afterward, she met Jack McLain and they married in Coeur D’Alene, ID on April 15, 1967. Jack adopted Vonnie’s four children, and they had one child together; Vonnie and Jack shared 22 years together before Jack’s death in 1990.
Vonnie lived in Salt Lake City, Utah during her first marriage and moved to Great Falls, MT after the divorce. She met Jack in Great Falls while he was stationed at Malmstrom AFB. After they were married, Jack was stationed at Whiteman AFB, Missouri, where the family moved and lived for a time. Jack was then stationed back at Malmstrom AFB and the family moved back to Great Falls, where they settled.
Vonnie took night classes at the University of Great Falls, earning an associate degree in Criminal Justice. She held many jobs through the years, ranging from secretarial/bookkeeping, administrative assistant/office manager, to co-owner of McLain Trucking, where she ran the business while Jack drove the truck. She finished out her career as a bookkeeper and as a traveling notary, holding both jobs at the same time.
Though she wore many hats, Vonnie was best at being a wife, mother, and friend. She loved her family, her friends and was a magnificent caregiver. With her bookkeeping experience, Vonnie was always willing to help family and friends figure out their taxes. She always made sure everyone had enough food at family events, opened her home to anyone who needed it and welcomed everyone to her family. She enjoyed traveling to see and help her family; twice she drove to Wyoming to help two generations of children/grandchildren build their houses because she thought it was important to do so. She felt the same way about her friends and loved to go with them to the Sweet Pea festival in Bozeman and view fall colors with classmates. Vonnie could talk to anyone; she never met a stranger. Vonnie was also a member of different local boards and committees, such as the class reunion committee and the singles club, "The Lamplighters”.
Vonnie was preceded in death by her loving husband Jack McLain; sisters Kay Maloney and Suzanne LeBarron; brother Sam LeBarron; daughters Kari McLain and Yvette McLain and granddaughter Jennifer Beausoliel.
She is survived by her sons Mitchell (Dona) McLain of Aloha, OR, Troy (Holly) McLain of Star Valley Ranch, WY and Lance (Michelle) McLain of Black Eagle, MT; sisters Marie Walsh of Great Falls, MT and Suzette LeBarron of Great Falls, MT along with eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
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