Betty Lou Doland
After several years of ill health Betty’s prayers have been answered. She is in the arms of her Lord. Betty passed away on February 25, 2016 at Deer Lodge Medical Center. She has finally found peace. She would have turned 93 years in April.
Betty was born Betty Luella Brown on April 18, 1923 in Sioux City, Iowa. Her parents, Luella Foster Brown and Oliver Verne Brown preceded her in death, as did her youngest brother, Bobbie Brown; sister-in-law, Lillian; two beloved granddaughters, Holly Doland and Debbie. Two sons also preceded her, Robert “Bob” Doland of Deer Lodge and Verne Doland of Canada as did her husband, Robert Doland, Sr.
Betty and Robert met in Bell, Calif. at an Easter Sunrise Service. They married in 1941 and had six sons. Bradley Doland (Mary Jo), Rogue River, Ore.; Stanley (Molly), missionaries now settled in Oklahoma City, Okla.; Gary (Rikki), Salem, Ore.; Brian (SueAnn), So. Oregon. Betty’s remaining sibling, brother Dick Brown, lives in Redding, Calif. She leaves several grandchildren great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and brothers and sisters-in-law. Also Beverly Doland (daughter-in-law), Deer Lodge, and her five children, the Warners and Zacks, their spouses and children. Betty has quite a large family who love her. She will be missed.
Besides raising six boys, no small feat, she worked as a school bus driver, meat cutter, sold Avon and co-owned and operated the Doland Dairy in Grants Pass, Ore., the city where she spent most of her adult life. She came to live in Deer Lodge in 2000. Betty was a talented artist and had a beautiful singing voice.
Her family is grateful for the care and friendship given Betty through the years at Beyond Home, Deer Lodge Center, and the comfort and respect given her in her final hours at the Deer Lodge Medical Center by Paula and Rod and staff will never be forgotten.
No service will be held at this time. Lee Jewell Funeral Home has seen to cremation.
Rest in peace, mom.
David Albert Edden
David Albert Edden was born in Helena on May 5, 1949 to George and Lois (Warburton) Edden. Dave died at St. Peters Hospital on February 13, 2016 with his wife and sister at his side.
He spent nearly all his life in Avon. As a youth he worked on some of the surrounding ranches. He often shared stories of working at the MacIntosh Ranch and how he loved to visit with Hattie as she shared stories of the early days on the ranch. He worked for Cominco American until it closed, then went to work for a friend, Gordon Burns building swimming pools and shooting gunite.
Dave loved camping, roaming, hunting and mining in “them thar” hills around Avon and Blackfoot City. He shared his love for the hills with his children. He especially liked working on the mining claims with his family and long-time friend Will Heierman.
Dave is preceded in death by his parents, George and Lois; brother George and sister Pat. He is survived by his wife Gloria, his siblings: Ann (Butch) Acord, Carolyn Bright, Steve (Barbara) Edden, Linda (Randy) Coty, Roberta Patrick (Jay) and Lewis (Rhonda) Patrick. His children: Marnie Kay (Ben) Lewis, Amber (Aaron) Graham, Allen (Kendra) Edden, Jim (Glenda) Edden and grandchildren: Aislinn, Danielle, Kimberly, Samantha, Natalie, Clayton, Leslie and Patricia, as well as two and a half step-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He also called Tyrell Malatar (who passed from this earth too soon), Heather (Scott) Morin and long-time family friend William Heierman his family.
We will celebrate Dave’s life this summer when it will be safer for his family and friends to travel.