Barbara E. Premo was born on Nov. 25, 1935, in Billings, to Grant U. Jones Jr. and Catherine K. Jones. Barbara was the oldest of four children: Jim Jones (Kitty), Patricia Myer (Don) and Trudy Jones (deceased). Barbara passed away Jan. 17, 2017, in her home, surrounded by her loved ones.
Barbara married the love of her life, Wayne D. Premo, on Oct. 13, 1955. They moved to a farm in Fromberg, where Barbara raised orphaned lambs by bottle and had a huge garden that she loved to work in. They decided to sell the farm and moved to Billings. Over the years, they lived in Washington, Texas, Colorado, and eventually retired in Montana. Barbara earned her degree in early childhood development. With her degree, she worked as a director in daycares. She loved working with and being the voice for the children.
Barbra and Wayne had five children, Trudy Cozzins (Troy), Barbara Carbery (Greg), Kim Premo, Wayne D. Premo Jr. and Timothy Premo.
Barbara was loved by all and touched many lives. Her grandchildren adored her, as she did them. She loved doing yardwork, camping and spending time in Arizona and California in the RV.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Wayne Premo Sr.; their five children; 22 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in passing by her parents; sister Trudy; grandson T.J. Davis; and many other loved family members.
Visitation and vigil will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. The funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at St. Pius X Church, 717 18th St. West. A luncheon will be served at St. Pius X Church following the grave site service located at Sunset Memorial Gardens.