Evelyn Ann “Nickie” Krum

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Evelyn Ann “Nickie” Krum

Evelyn Ann “Nickie” Krum

Nickie passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on March 6, 2019. She was born on October 28, 1944 in Columbus, Montana to Jack and Augusta “Mae” (Robbins) Doore.

Her father passed away when she was 3, her mother remarried and she was adopted by her new dad, Lawrence Dempster.

Her first “great” adventure in life was taking a job in Yellowstone National Park at the Old Faithful Inn as the Cook’s assistant. It was here that she met her first husband, moved to Minnesota and from this marriage they had a daughter, Sally.

In 1967, Nickie moved back to Montana to be closer to her family and was divorced in April 1969. She lived in Laurel and worked as a babysitter so that she could be at home with her young daughter. 

Nickie met Raymond Krum in 1969 and they were married in 1971, when she was blessed with a large extended family, Ray’s children from his first marriage and the spouses that ensued. From this union, they had the final addition to the family, their daughter Tina. 

For the first few years Nickie worked as a cook at a truck stop in Park City. But both she and Ray decided it would be better for her to discontinue working so that she could be at home for the girls. 

Nickie went back to work in 1993 as a Housekeeper for Russell Motel and retired from there in 2012. 

Through the years, she enjoyed collecting birdhouses and Christmas villages; gardening (especially her flower gardens), bowling, playing pool, camping, fishing and spending time with her family. Every year she looked forward to Christmas Eve, where she would make her “famous potato salad” that all the family raved about, and everyone would tell their stories and relate adventures that happened throughout the year.  

She was super excited when the “long-distance phone area” changed, and she could call and talk to her sister, Vicki, in Absarokee for as long as they wanted. These phone calls and the days they spent together, whether it was her driving to Absarokee or Vicki coming to Laurel, were precious to her.

Her favorite place to eat and socialize was the Pelican Café, where she went frequently and gladly lent a hand when needed.

Nickie was a proud daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and friend. She almost always had a smile on her face and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind about anything.

She was preceded in death by her father, adopted father, mother and her husband of 45 years, Raymond.

Nickie is survived by her daughters: Tina (Rick) Cortez III of Billings and Sally Lannier of Hamilton; her siblings Vicki (Larry) Arnold of Absarokee and Butch Dempster of Colstrip; her step-children Terry (Judy) Krum of Laurel, Steve (Val) Krum of Laurel, Dave Krum of Billings, Lori (Ray) Lincoln of Forsyth and Kelly Krum of Laurel; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nephews and great-nieces.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday March 16, 2019 at Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be left by visiting www.cfgbillings.com.


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