Date of Birth: October 30, 1947
Date of Death: July 16, 2020
Ardell Lavonne Eveland Kruithoff, 73, of Peoria, AZ, crossed over into glory Thursday, July 16, 2020 at her home, surrounded by family. A Celebration of her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday September 5, 2020 at Living Grace Bible Church in Great Falls, MT. Friends and family are welcome to attend. A private family burial will be held at the Chester Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her husband of 32 years, Philip. Ardell was born October 30, 1947, to Howard Worth and Lilly (Furlong) Eveland of Chester, MT. She devoted her life to the service of others in devotion to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Ardell was a 1980 graduate of Montana State University Bozeman with a degree in Social Work. Her main areas of study included Gerontology, Thanatology, and Medical Social Work. While in college, Ardell worked for three years as a research assistant for the director of the Center of Gerontology and headed a research outreach team during one summer in West Yellowstone. After graduation, Ardell and Philip lived in Bremerton, Washington where she worked as the Director of Fixed Income Community Counseling and Assistance at Kitsap Community Action Program. While in Washington, Ardell was a charter member of the Kitsap County Hospice Board of Directors which established the first Hospice in that area. She was also later a charter member of the Liberty County Hospice Board which established the Hospice program in her hometown of Chester, Montana. Ardell took a break from serving the greater community to devote her time and energy to raising her family. She and Philip have two daughters, Kathryn Kruithoff, and Karalyn (Kruithoff) Nelson. Ardell also helped raise Philip’s son, Robert Kruithoff, whom she loved as her own son. Upon reentering the workforce once all her children were in school, she was the Executive Director of Senior Helping Hands in Billings, MT, helping provide quality services to reduced income seniors that allowed them to maintain their dignity and independence in their own homes. During this time, she also served as on the Board of Directors for the Greater Billings Area Alzheimer’s Association and the Native American Alzheimer’s Urban Outreach Program and the Montana Gerontological Society. She was also a member of the Montana State Office on Aging Service Provider Advisory Committee, the United Way Agency Council, and Health Care Networking Group, the United Way Roundtable on Aging Issues, and the Council on Aging. She then worked for the Montana State Department of Public Health and Human Services Adult Protective Services Division as a Case Manager in Miles City and Regional Supervisor in Great Falls until her retirement in 2012. Ardell enjoyed crocheting, quilting, card making, and spending time with her family. She was a member of the Great Falls Quilt Guild, The Great Falls Corvette Club, and the Red Hats Society. She is survived by her daughters Kathryn Kruithoff and Karalyn (Jeff) Kruithoff-Nelson, of Phoenix, son, Robert (Kim) Kruithoff, of Great Falls; twin sister Ardess (Charles) Connel of Peoria; brother Neal (Pat) Eveland of Chester; Sister Aline (Gale) Christenot of Great Falls; and nieces and nephews Corene (Sean) Christenot, Sabra (AJ) Yon, Keith (Carrie Anne) Eveland, Kevin Eveland, and Kris (Brandon) Lund. Ardell had nine grandchildren - Rodney, Ellen, Teagen, Tayven, Treyden, Tayleigh, Torrance, Tinsley and Tessaleigh; as well as numerous beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. Ardell was preceded in death by her husband Philip, her parents, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She openly spoke about her desire to be reunited with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and all of her loved ones in heaven.
10:00AM Saturday September 5, 2020 Living Grace Church 3525 1st Ave North Great Falls, MT 59405