Lila E. Bock, age 84, passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. She led an active lifestyle and died as she lived; she fell on the stairs of her gym on her way to work out.
She was born on November 5, 1934 in Rugby, North Dakota. As she grew up, her family moved to Stevensville, MT, and then to Anaconda where her father worked for the Anaconda Company. She graduated from high school in Anaconda, and married Leonard Bock.
They had 3 children, moved to Bozeman, and then settled in Helena. Lila became an elementary school teacher while Leonard worked for the US Government’s Civil Defense and served in the National Guard. After Leonard’s early death in 1973, Lila took on the role of fearless single mother. She obtained her master’s degree while she taught elementary school. She taught for 29 years at Montana City School, from 1973-2002, and even inspired two of her granddaughters to continue her legacy in public education.
She modeled a love of learning and education for her entire family. She studied birds, plants, Spanish, mandolin, and guitar. She loved her music lessons even though she joked that despite all her lessons, she, “never got any better.” Lila had a deep love for music and family. Early on, she allowed her sons’ various rock bands to practice in her basement, and later, organized family sing-a-longs every time the family got together.
She was an avid gardener and grew a variety of roses and vegetables. When anyone would come to visit, she would insist on showing off all her beautiful plants. She cared about her church community, and was an active volunteer at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. She was part of the United Methodist Women’s group, knit prayer shawls for people who were hospitalized, and supported church events.
Lila was active and competitive, and enjoyed sports all her life. She kayaked, skied, played tennis, hiked, line danced, and even created a lively ping-pong league in her basement in her last few years of life. Her family and friends would agree that she would approve of how she passed, she maintained her dignity and independence and will now always be remembered for her active lifestyle.
She is survived by her eldest son Alan Bock (Helena, MT), her daughter Laurie Bock (Edgewood, WA), and her youngest son, Paul Bock (Cary, NC). Lila’s family expanded to include 7 grandchildren: Jennifer Ruggles (Helena, MT), Ica (Jessica) Rewitz (Puyallup, WA), Jodie Schulenberg (Snohomish, WA), Carly Bock (San Carlos, CA), Emily Bock (Cary, NC), Anne Anderle (Bellingham, WA), and Marisa Anderle (Tacoma, WA), 4 great grandchildren, and a few furry grand-dogs too!
Her funeral service will be held on Saturday December 29th at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church at 1pm. Please join us to celebrate her vivacious life. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Lila.