Willeen Foos Dailey
Willeen Foos Dailey joined her Heavenly Father on Aug. 25, 2016, at her home in Sparks, Nev., with her daughter, Lori, by her side.
She was born in Billings, on Jan. 22, 1936, to George and Eva (Rosh) Foos. She was raised on a farm east of Billings and attended Shepherd schools. The family moved to Billings and she completed her education in Billings. Willeen became a business person and enjoyed the challenge of working and helping manage the Starlite Terrace Restaurant, along with and owned by her parents, from 1959 to 1967 and later operating a ladies fashion store.
Willeen married Dr. Leonard L. Dailey in 1968. She had one daughter, Lori. With her marriage to Dr. Dailey, she acquired 6 step children, forming an instant much larger family. She went into business with her parents in 1968, opening Lori’s Fashions. She purchased the business five years later and owned and operated Lori’s Fashions in Downtown Billings for 20 years, closing the business in 1987 and retired. She liked buying smart clothes and gift items for the store and decorating the store and her home. Willeen often remarked what lovely people her customers were and also about her wonderful, loyal staff. She enjoyed and loved people and made many friends during these years. She was also known to family and friends as “Willy.” Her daughter, Lori, worked with her at Lori’s, which was named after her. Willeen and Lori shared many long, hard days mixed with lots of work, laughter and adventures, both at the store and off shopping for merchandise at markets.
Willeen and Lori were not only mother and daughter, but Best Friends.
Willeen was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She served as a Deacon, an Elder and as a volunteer with our youth group at church. She was a member of the Downtown Billings Association serving as President in 1983, and as secretary several times. She was a strong supporter of the downtown.
Willeen traveled extensively with her husband, Leonard, visiting many parts of the world as well as this country. The family spent many summer weekends at our cabin on the Boulder River. She loved her family and enjoyed her home and friends.
Willeen enjoyed retirement traveling, lunches with her Lunch Bunch and friends, her church family, reading and visiting her shut in friends. Saturday morning breakfasts with her family and cousins was a special treat.
Willeen was preceded in death by: her husband, Leonard, in 2006, her brother, Virgil Foos of Billings and her sister in law, Dora Dailey Wood of Missoula, stepson Bruce of Missoula, stepdaughter Deniece Meissner of Boise, Idaho, stepson Thomas Dailey of Billings, and stepson Clyde Dailey of Helena.
She is survived by her daughter, Lori Duran, of Sparks, Nevada, her step children, John and wife Judy, Leonard, Jr. and wife Kathy and her sister in law Glenda Foos of Billings.
In April, 2007 Willeen moved to Sparks, Nev., to live near her daughter.
A Memorial Service will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9, at First Presbyterian Church. Reception following at the church.
Memorials: First Presbyterian Church – 2420 13th Street West, Billings, MT. 59102; Billings Elks Memorial Fund – P.O. Box 20302, Billings, MT. 59104; Billings Food Bank – 2112 4th Ave. North, Billings, MT, 59101; Or Charity of choice.