LIVINGSTON — Doris E. Berg, 87, of Livingston, died at her home early Tuesday morning, Sept. 21, 2010, following a brief illness.
Cremation has taken place at Franzen-Davis Crematory. Memorial services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Holbrook United Methodist Church, with Rev. Glenn Woodson officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home.
Doris was born Sept. 18, 1923, in Baker, the daughter of Fay and Lorena (Carter) Shepherd. She spent her childhood in Ollie, Mont., and, in 1941, graduated from Ollie High School as Valedictorian of her class. She then attended Eastern Montana College in Billings for one year, after which she worked for one year for a bank in Seattle. On Feb. 5, 1943, she married Vic Berg in Seattle. Following his honorable discharge from the army, they returned to Ollie and continued farming. Doris taught school in Ollie, in the first through the fourth grades, for two years while she and her husband raised four children. In 1955, they moved to Reed Point, where Vic managed a ranch and Doris taught school. The following year they moved to Gardiner and purchased a motel and gas station. Later, Vic worked for the National Park Service while Doris continued her teaching career in Gardiner for the next 12 years. In 1968, they moved to Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone Park and Doris again taught school for grades K through 4. She served some time as school principal in both Gardiner and Mammoth before retiring in 1984. Throughout her years of teaching, Doris touched many young lives and was especially proud that many of them maintained contact with her.
Vic and Doris enjoyed traveling during the summers in their fifth wheel trailer, and snowmobiling in and around Yellowstone Park in the winters. Following Vic’s death in 1985, Doris continued traveling and visited several countries. For the past 12 winters, Doris and her companion, Barney Blankenship, enjoyed being “snow birds” in the south. She loved gardening, card playing, and socializing with her many good friends. She was a member of the NEA, Holbrook United Methodist Church, The Merry-go-Rounders, the Red Hat Ladies and Livingston Senior Citizens, where she eagerly volunteered her time delivering Meals on Wheels.
Survivors include her son, Max (Sue Anne) Berg of Livingston; daughters, Lorann Berg of Rapid City, S.D., and Arleta F. Berg and Peggy F. Berg, both of Livingston; two brothers, Ronald Shepherd of Baker and Ralph Shepherd of Red Lake Falls, Minn.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Doris is also survived by her good friend and companion, Barnie Blankenship of Livingston, and his daughter, Judy St. Jean of Washington. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Dale Shepherd; a sister, Fern Shepherd Bays; and her grandson, Nelson McNair.
If so desired, memorials by be directed to Livingston HospiceCare, 504 S. 13th St., Livingston, MT 59047.