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Lola Fay Hansen
November 10, 1944 - February 9, 2024

Place of Birth: Temple, Texas
Residence: Sidney, Montana
Age: 79



Heaven gained a whole lot of sparkle on February 9, 2024, when Lola Fay Hansen, 79, passed away following a brief hospitalization at Sidney Health Center. She was welcomed into the arms of Jesus with her daughter and son-in-law at her bedside.

Lola was born while her father was stationed in Temple, Bell County, Texas, on November 10, 1944. She was the oldest of 3 daughters born to Sidney natives Orvald Norgaard and Hazel Blair Norgaard Peterson.

Lola grew up on a farm in the Mount Pleasant community west of Sidney. She was educated in Mount Pleasant and Sidney schools, attended Dawson Community College, and studied business at Montana State University in Bozeman.

She married Arnold G. Hansen on March 25, 1961. Following their education, the couple moved home to Sidney. Arnie took a teaching position at the high school and Lola started her business career.

By age 34, Lola had started and was running six businesses in Sidney. Her first venture was the Montgomery Ward catalog store. She began as a clerk and soon became the youngest Ward's manager in the country, winning awards for increased sales and her exceptional management skills. She bought the Ward's store in 1972 and added a health food department. In 1977, she built the connecting South 40 complex, which housed the award-winning South 40 Restaurant and Lounge, Homestead Clothing, The Book Loft, and Homestead Shoes. In the 1980’s, she continued to expand, adding The Flair, Macho Man, and Kids’ Corner clothing stores in the Village Square Mall. In 1997, the Winner’s Pub Sports Bar & Casino was opened. Lola loved making people happy and giving them the best shopping and dining experience possible. This was her passion and the key to her success. She never retired, staying involved in the business's daily operations until the last days of her life.

Lola was active in community affairs on both the local and state levels. During her lifetime, she served in the following capacities: Director of the local Chamber of Commerce, Secretary & founding member of the Richland Co. Tavern Assoc, Chairman of the Richland County Democratic Central Committee, Charter member and Secretary of the Xi Alpha Beta Sorority, Director of the MT Retail Association, Board member of the Montana State Board of Regents, and on the Governor's Board of Montana Ambassadors to promote Montana's economy. She was named Woman of the Year for the Sidney Chapter of the Business and Professional Women of America in 1985. Lola was incredibly charitable and an active supporter of all Sidney Eagles activities.

Lola loved spending time at their cabin on Lake Sakakawea. She didn’t like the water but loved spending time with family, cooking, reading, and playing card games, especially Pinochle and Squeak. She was particularly fond of Squeak, playing with such speed that her opponents would pause to watch in amazement, often securing her the win. She tried to learn to crochet once and spun a starting chain so long it could have competed for a record, humorously dubbing it a work of art. It may not have been a record or art, but it did symbolize her fortitude to succeed at whatever she set her mind to.

Lola is survived by her husband of 62 years, Arnie; daughter, Heather (Ray) Johnson; son, Raymond Hansen; three grandchildren, Cody (Megan), Jace (Kylee), and Liliana Johnson; one great-grandson, Brooks Johnson; and two sisters, Rita and Jeanette.

If there are superhumans among us, Lola was undoubtedly one of them. She was intimately familiar with life's many challenges, having faced head-on every type of life's pain and sorrow. Yet, she turned these struggles into a source of strength for herself and everyone she inspired, especially other women. Her resolve made the impossible seem possible. Her legacy is a profound narrative of resilience, hope, and endless possibilities.

Memorial Contribution
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Lola’s name may be made to the Mon-Dak Heritage Center or a charity of one’s choice.

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Kehanna Johnston (Sidney, MT)
Feb 9, 2024
My sympathies go out to you all, she is definitely leaving a hole in people’s hearts. Lola was more than my employer, she was my friend. We shared lots of long conversations, advice, laughter, and coffee. She was going to teach me how to play pinochle after hockey season was done. She was one of the strongest women I knew. Her heart was huge, she loved her family and friends. She will be forever missed.
Cindy Tippett (Billingd, MT)
Feb 9, 2024
Heather and family. So sorry for your loss.
Dave and Tracy Lawrance (Savage)
Feb 10, 2024
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!! She was an amazing lady and loved by many people! God bless you all!!
Steve & Donna Mullen (La Veta, Colorado )
Feb 10, 2024
RIP.. taught so many how it was done
Tami Maltese
Feb 10, 2024
Lola will be missed. She was a great business person and employer. She was a pioneer for many women in Sidney. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Kevin johnson (Sidney, Montana)
Feb 10, 2024
So Sorry for your loss. Lola was one of my favorite people. I was fortunate enough to not only be her employee but her friend too. RIP Lola I will miss you
Marlys Anvik (Sidney, Mt)
Feb 10, 2024
Deepest condolences to you all. May your memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.
Chole Crosby (Sidney, MT)
Feb 12, 2024
I am very sorry for your loss. It is always so hard to lose someone you love and a parent is especially difficult. May Our Lord continue to give you comfort and strength now and always. God Bless.
Lisa Stoltz (Dickinson, North Dakota)
Feb 12, 2024
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time
Barbara L Olson (Billings, MT)
Feb 12, 2024
So sorry to hear about Lola. Ive know her and Arne for many years, and they were also my neighbor when I lived in SIdney. She did many great things in her life time and will always be remembered for her generositly
Cheryl(Krieger) Rich (winifred, montana)
Feb 12, 2024
I will miss her smile,she was a wonderful lady,and boss...
Sandi Angel (Sidney, MT)
Feb 13, 2024
Dear Heather, Ray, Raymond and all grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. I am so very sorry for your loss. Lola and I became good friends over the years and will truly be missed. My prayers go out to you all at this time. Please know that she is resting with her Heavenly Father and is at peace with no pain. Yours in Christ, Sandi
Darrell & Bonnie Rogness (Olathe, KS)
Feb 13, 2024
Our heartfelt condolences to Lola's family. Sending healing prayers and comfort during this most difficult time.
sandy osback (phoenix, AZ)
Feb 13, 2024
Rita and all Lola's family I'm so very sorry for your loss. My heart is with you. Bless you all.
Frank Dahl (Billings, Mt.)
Feb 13, 2024
Dear Arnie and Family. Joyce and I wish to send our sincere sympathy for your loss.
Cathy Fischer (Sidney)
Feb 13, 2024
My deepest sympathies to the family. I am so sorry for your loss.
Vickie L. Metcalfe (BOTTINEAU, NORTH DAKOTA)
Feb 13, 2024
I extend sympathy to the entire Hansen. family. Wlist living in in Sidney all those years ago, I enjoyed visiting with the down to earth person Lola.. was. On occasion, I took my 'out of town guests' for special diner at the restaurant.. I admired Lola's business saavy where she treated everyone she met with time and respect.. And, how she valued her love of family. which always shined.. Sincerely, Vickie L. Metcalfe
Beverly Timentwa (Polson , MT)
Feb 13, 2024
I’m friends with Lynn Luna who helped take care of Lola at the end. I learned through her what a strong woman she was and wished I could have met her. Sending condolences to all of the family and hoping for peace through this difficult time.
Bill and Susan Zimmerman (Sidney)
Feb 13, 2024
Dear Heather, Arnie and All,
Our most sincere sympathy in the loss of Lola. She was so many things to so many people— all of them positive, helpful, and kind. May your memories sustain you.
Teresa Suckstorff Moffitt
Feb 14, 2024
So many years have gone by since I first met
Lola Hansen, in her mother’s living room. Even at my young age of 14, it was obvious that she was on a mission. She was there just taking care of her household tasks so she could get back to work at Montgomery Wards and then drive to Glendive to finish her classes. I was a young teenager and very impressed with the quiet ambition of my best friend’s big sister. Not long afterwards she purchased Montgomery Wards and she never looked back, never stopped working and growing and giving back to her community in so many ways.

I know from my family’s experience that even though a business is a business, it becomes much more to a community. When someone steps up as Lola and Arnie did for Sidney and have the businesses and services and places to work that they made available, the community does not become dismal place to live t that offers nothing to newcomers or long time residents remaining in the community and hoping their hometown or adopted community stays relative to a world filled with much bigger places and opportunities for work, shopping and and entertainment. She did all of that and together they did it so well!

My heart goes out to lola’s dear family who will always miss her. To Arnie, her kind and loyal husband and partner of 62 years, to her daughter and her family and to her beautiful sisters, Rita and Jeanette, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. You were blessed to have had this amazing woman to love and hold forever in your hearts.
David Grauman (Billings , Mt)
Feb 14, 2024
We are so sorry to learn of your loss and praying for you.
Debby Nyby (Grand Junction , Colorado )
Feb 14, 2024
Arnie ,Heather,Ray,Raymond and family
We are so sorry for your loss.Lola was such an amazing lady , she was so much fun to be around and always so organized and a very caring person.
I have great memories of all the times we shared .I am so happy she came into my life..Sending our deepest condolences to her family during this difficult time.Fly high my dear friend.
Bob and Debby.
Roger Berry (Sidney)
Feb 14, 2024
Terribly sorry for our loss.

Roger
John Neckels (Scottsdale, Arizona)
Feb 14, 2024
Carolyn and I always admired the awesome entrepreneurial skills that Arnie and Lola portrayed. Lola demonstrated exemplary business savvy and communication skills to reach out to the locals as well as reaching out to former high school graduating classes, being a mother, and a wife. Sidney has been blessed by a wonderful spectacular couple.
The Bible says Jesus is preparing a place for just you in Heaven. God knows Lola's favorite colors, temperatures, flowers, and likes and dislikes and she will truly be at home in Heaven.
To Arnie and Family please accept my deepest condolences. Lola was a tremendous gift from God and she helped to make this world a Wonderful Journey. Good Memories are never taken away they are in your heart to stay!
Tina Bartelson (Crane, Montana)
Feb 15, 2024
So sorry for your loss Heather, Arnie, Ray and family. Lola was a wonderful person and will be missed greatly.
Bob & Marcia Goss (Sidney, MT)
Feb 15, 2024
Arnie and the kids. So sorry for your loss. What a strong woman. She will be missed!
Deb Cavanaugh (Seeley Lake, MT)
Feb 15, 2024
Arnie & family:
So sorry to hear about Lola. She truly was a great business lady. Rest in peace Lola and may you all find comfort in knowing how much she will be missed.
Virginia Niles (Billings, Montana)
Feb 16, 2024
My condolences to you Arnie and family. Lola gave me my first job in the retail business. I learned so much from Lola before going on to Billings in 89' . Lola will be missed in the community. Again my condolences.
Sue Bliss Bevenger (Montana and Wyoming)
Feb 16, 2024
Arnie and family, I am so very sad to hear this. Lola was such a dear friend for so many years. We had such good times. She loved her family so much and always talked about you with pride. She will be missed by so many. God bless you with His peace during this sad time. Love and prayers to all of you.
Emily Hoff (Sidney)
Feb 16, 2024
I just watched the beautiful tribute to a very special person. Lola will be missed by all who knew her, may she rest in heavenly peace. My thoughts and prayers for all of you.
Henry and Sherri Cruz (Fairview , MT)
Feb 16, 2024
So sorry for your loss Arnie and all the family . Lola was a great employer and great friend . She will be so missed by all . RIP Lola, till we meet again!! Prayers for comfort for all the family and friends !
Sherry Huse (Fargo, ND)
Feb 17, 2024
My condolences during this time to Arne, Heather, Ray, Jace, and the entire family. Lola will be missed by so many. She was the best boss and my absolute favorite. She taught me so much and I appreciated her for her stern yet kind manner. Heaven gained an Angel while we will miss the love, admiration, wisdom, heart, loyalty, and so much more that Miss Lola showed to her family, friends, employees, and community. We love you Lola. RIP. Fly high sweet Angel
Maria Hodge (Crane, MT)
Feb 17, 2024
To Arnie and family and friends .I hope the good Lord hold you in his arms as you grieve. I watched the service and the video . It brought a ton of memories to me. She was one of the wisest strongest women I had the pleasure to know as a Boss and a Friend . Till we meet again Lola.
Janna Watson (Sidney, MT)
Feb 17, 2024
I always said you reminded me of my great grandma Lola, and I do think you could have been twins. Thanks for treating me like family and always thinking about my girls. I will miss you so much.
Crystal Stai (Fairview , Montana)
Feb 19, 2024
I am so sorry to hear about Lola’s passing. She was a very classy and friendly lady. She’ll be missed by all who knew her.
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