BRIDGER — Dorothy Blanche Maddox, 87, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 of natural causes.
The oldest of 11 siblings, she was born on Oct. 17, 1923, in Frazer, to Blanche H. (Cook) and Bertie H. Berry. Dorothy grew up in the Frazer and Fort Peck areas until she was 11 years old. The family then moved to the Bridger area, where she graduated from Bridger High School in 1941. She went on to teach for a few years in Montana and Wyoming.
Dorothy returned to Bridger, where she married Grant D. Maddox on Oct. 25, 1952. They made their home on North Dry Creek and were blessed with three children: Vonda (Dennis) Rader of Columbus, Charlotte (Rex) Koch of Bridger and Greg (Janet) Maddox of Belfry; 10 grandchildren, Laura (Brad), Troy, Leigha, Kendra, Hannah (Jesse), Jessica, Evan, Glynn, Jennifer and Gene; and five great-grandchildren, Whitney, Kenzie, Logan, Tristien and Evalynn.
Also surviving are four brothers, Bill, Ken, Keith and Karl; four sisters, Darlene, Laverne, Alice and Linda; and two sisters-in-law, Violet Berry and Ruth Berry.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Grant, in 1995; one grandchild, Whitney Rader; and two brothers, Orval and Charlie.
Dorothy was active in the Ayuda (Home Demonstration) Club, which she really enjoyed. She also helped to start a 4-H Club in the Dry Creek area, as she enjoyed working with children. Hosting the Father's Day Picnic was one of her favorite events. Gardening, sewing and reading were some of her favorite pastimes. She also loved to picnic in the mountains. After moving into Bridger in the fall of 1995, she became involved in the Red Hat Society and the Bridger Senior Citizens Center.
Graveside memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 4, in the Bridger Cemetery, with a luncheon to follow at the Bridger Civic Center.
Memorials may be given to the 4-H Council, P.O. Box 230, Joliet MT 59041; or to Special K Ranch, 34 Special K Lane, Columbus, MT 59019.
Smith-Olcott Funeral Chapel of Red Lodge is assisting with the arrangements.