Carole Rae Love

Carole Rae Love


Carole Rae (Krauss) Love died at sunrise at the age of 82 on May 19 from complications of Alzheimer’s-type dementia. She was born March 14, 1932, in Ennis, to John E. Krauss and Florence Daems Krauss. She and her older brother, Roy, grew up in Norris, where John owned the Texaco Station and a small tackle shop, and Florence sewed and sold Barbie doll clothes. When she was three years old, the family lived for a year on a dairy farm in Oregon. They lived one year in Bozeman when she was in the sixth grade and she often spoke of how much she loved it there before moving back to Norris. Carole graduated in three years from Harrison High School, where she played basketball, ran track and was a cheerleader.

She met Earl Love at a track meet when she was in the eighth grade and he was a senior in high school when he presented first-place ribbons to her in several running events. She was smitten. When Earl returned from military service in Korea, he insisted that she take a year for herself before marriage, so she moved to Helena, where she worked for a state agency and lived at the YWCA.

Carole and Earl were married in Ennis on June 17, 1950, and moved into a rustic one-room cabin. They built their first house north of Ennis on the family ranch in 1952. They moved to Dillon in 1960, when Earl was named District Conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service (SCS). In 1961, they built on acreage north of Dillon where they could keep their horses and raise their family in a rural environment. The couple had three sons, who all achieved college degrees and of whom they were extremely proud.

Carole was primarily a housewife, but she also waitressed at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Ennis until her first son, Gary, was born, and in later years served as an office assistant for the Beaverhead Conservation District. Following Earl’s retirement from the SCS, they spent many precious days working together in his agricultural consulting business and traveling.

Carole was well known in the community for her generosity and service, which included volunteer work for the Jaycees, Eastern Star, Chapter AD P.E.O., Parkview Acres Auxiliary, BASS, Beaverhead County High School Board of Trustees and Barrett Hospital. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as Elder, Sunday School Teacher and member of two Pastor-Seeking Committees, as well as a driver for many years for people who were unable to get to church services on their own.

Carole loved horses and dogs all of her life, and purchased her first horse, Tony, when she was nine with money she earned from a paper route. She rode Tony from Norris to Bozeman several times to meet a good friend.  She also competed in barrel racing. Her love for horses was matched by Earl’s, and over the years, they raised and broke several quarter horse foals from their own broodmares. They were members of the American Quarter Horse Association.

Over the course of her life, she learned to ski, oil paint, fish and golf. She also loved to play bridge, travel, and spend time with her sons and their families and her many other beloved family members and friends. She loved history and spent a great deal of time researching family genealogy for both her family and Earl’s. She was proud of the fact that her great-grandfather, Levinus Daems, was the first medical doctor in Virginia City in 1862 and that seven generations of her family have lived in Madison and Beaverhead Counties. She was the primary caregiver for her mother and for Earl during his battle with cancer.

Carole is predeceased by: her parents, John and Florence Krauss; her husband and soulmate of 52 years, Earl Love; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law Zada and Ward Haukap and Bob Clark; and special aunts and uncles Agnes and Hank Huber and Edna and Ray Schabarker. She is survived by: sons (and daughters-in-laws) Gary (Cathi), Casey (Maris) and Jeff (Angie); grandchildren Shonda (Ryan) Richardson, Kayla (Uche) Njoku, Shann Love, Kevin Love, Ashley (Bradley) Plesz and Andrea Love; and great-grandchildren Rafe and Pierce Richardson, Brendan and (to be born this summer) Addison Njoku. Also surviving are: her brother, Roy (Beverly) Krauss; sister-in-law Jessie Clark; brother-in-law Roy (Sharlene) Love; and special cousin Vivian Womack. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Cremation has taken place. Services will be held in late June on a date to be announced. K&L Mortuaries is assisting the family. Memorials may be made to: Barrett Home Health & Hospice, 600 MT Hwy 91 South, Dillon, MT 59725; or to the First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 487, Dillon, MT 59725; or to the Earl & Carole Love Memorial Fund, Beaverhead Conservation District, 420 Barrett St., Dillon, MT 59725; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.