HARLOWTON - Dorene Anita Udall Tierney died on Saturday, March 30, 2002, at the Wheatland Memorial Hospital in Harlowton.
Dorene was born July 28, 1924, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the daughter of Charles Hoyt Udall and Bertha Stintson Udall. The family later moved to Polson, where Dorene spent her childhood. She graduated from Polson High School in 1944. Dorene's ties to the Flathead were shared with her children; it was always a special place to the entire family.
Dorene married her husband, Eugene William Tierney, Sr., in Polson, in August of 1945. They moved to the Tierney family ranch east of Harlowton in 1948. Dorene added a new family to her life after her marriage; she joined John and Goldie Tierney, Gene's parents, in the Shawmut area. John and Goldie were a very important facet of Dorene's life, she cared for them as if she were their daughter.
Dorene and Gene raised their children on the banks of the Musselshell River, east of Harlowton. Dorene was a source of great pride and inspiration to her children. She was the mom who allowed her children to have big ice skating parties on the pond, the mom who made sure the 4-H Club and Girl Scouts always had a leader and the mom who always put her children's needs and wants before her own.
Dorene truly made the ranch a home for her family. It was not only home to Dorene's children, but also a pivotal part of her grandchildren's lives. No matter where they were scattered, all of her grandchildren called the ranch home, too. It was Dorene's love that drew them back. She was the grandmother every child wished they could have. Memories of riding motorcycles, sledding, hiding Easter eggs and golfing in the yard with Grandma right in the middle will be held dear by all of her grandchildren.
Dorene will always be remembered for her wonderful sense of what a home should be. One of her greatest loves was to have her family around her for a holiday meal. Everyone who ever attended a branding at the Tierney's could attest to Dorene's skill as a fine cook.
Dorene was one of the most caring and giving people in the community. She was always concerned about the needs of others and spent her life caring for other people. She was consistently the first person to offer a helping hand to anyone in need. She was recognized by Governor Racicot as Senior Citizen of the Year for 1997, for her work in the community. Dorene was a very simple woman who did not seek recognition for her deeds; they were simply done as a matter of the heart.
She was active in the Jawbone Creek Country Club, Women of the Moose and Saint Joseph's Parish Altar Society.
Dorene was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Bertha; a sister, June; and her husband, Gene. Surviving are her sister, Beverly Wetzel of Polson; her son, Bill Tierney and wife Debbie of Billings; a daughter, Pam Tierney Crisafulli and her husband Joey of Glendive; her son Rob and his wife Jodi of Harlowton. Dorene also leaves behind her grandchildren, Curtis Tierney of Bozeman, Tracy Tierney Chandler and her husband Dr. John Chandler of Houston, Texas, Mick Crisafulli of Glendive, Brittney and Ryle Tierney of Plentywood, Timberly Tierney of Helena; and step-granddaughters Alexis and Kayla McCarthy of Harlowton.
Rosary will be held at St. Joseph's Parish in Harlowton on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at Saint Joseph's Parish.
A memorial fund will be established to benefit Wheatland Memorial Hospital, Harlowton Women of the Moose and Harlowton Senior Citizens Center. Memorials may be sent to the Dorene Tierney Memorial Fund, c/o Bill and Debbie Tierney, 3717 Otis Lane, Billings, MT 59102.
Perkins Funeral Home of Harlowton is in charge of arrangements.