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Farnam, Jill Mary Lyndes

On November 12, 2017, Jill Mary Lyndes Farnam was called home to the lord at the age of 77.

Jill was born on April 15, 1940 to Jay and Katie Lyndes in Helena. She was the third of five children: Sister Catherine who passed away at birth, and brothers John Lyndes, Jeff Lyndes and Jay “Baba” Lyndes.

Jill married her high school sweetheart, Fred Farnam, in May of 1965. They celebrated 52 years of marriage this year! Together they adopted two children, Janae and John and had two children, Dan and Ann. Her family of six is something she was most proud of. It was a rambunctious family, always on the move. From 4H, sports, skiing, sewing or cooking, there was always something, or many somethings that her kids were involved in.

Jill and Fred made their home on her family’s ranch on Lincoln Road in the Helena Valley. Sunday dinner at Jill’s for the entire extended family was the norm. She loved being surrounded with family. A point of particular pride were her nine grandchildren. Janae and Bruce Ruckman’s three girls, Jayelyn, Kylee and Claire; Dan and Lyndi’s three children, Randall, Alden and Park; and Ann and Justin Pearson’s three children, Tori, Monte and Tasha. John and Paul Heitzenrater provided joy to Jill through their three grand puppies, Sammy, Cuveé and Ping Pong!

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Jill attended Montana State University in Bozeman, MT where she earned her BS in Nursing. Jill started her career in nursing in Great Falls where she worked for a local surgeon. She then went on to begin her career working in the operating room at St. John’s. She then went to work at St. Peter’s in Helena as an OR Nurse. She went on to become the Head of the Operating Room. She retired from St. Peter’s for the first time in 1998, only to return after she realized she wasn’t ready to be retired. Her final retirement from her career came in 2001.Throughout her career, Jill made many friends. Those friendships continued through her entire life and brought her great joy!

Jill is preceded in death by her parents, Catherine Chevallier Lyndes (1975) and Jay Lyndes (1999); sister, Catherine (1937). She is survived by her husband, Fred; her four children and their families; her three brothers along with their families, as well as numerous cousins and family friends.

The family invites you to a celebration of Jill’s life at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, December 2nd at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. A reception will follow the service in the social hall of the funeral home. Jill’s interment will be at a later date at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery, Fort Harrison. Memorials in Jill’s name may be made to Lewis & Clark County 4-H, 100 W Custer, Helena, MT 59602 or Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 1502 Shirley Road, Helena, MT 59602. Please visit to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Jill.

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