Olive Marie “Dolly” VanValkenburg, 89, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, at Northern Montana Care Center of natural causes.
Her funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Fifth Avenue Christian Church with burial following in the Turner Cemetery at 3 p.m. with military honors. Dolly was born in Alameda, Saskatchewan, Canada, on Dec. 8, 1917, to William Denny and Hazel (Pierson) Hutton. The family homesteaded north of Turner and in 1920 Olive became a naturalized United States citizen. She attended the Petrie School and graduated in 1935 from Turner High School. She worked as a waitress in Turner, and then in March of 1943 she joined the U.S. Women’s Army Air Corps until October 1943. On March 31, 1945, Olive married Robert “Lee” VanValkenburg in Bremerton, Wash. Shortly after they moved to Hungry Horse. In 1955, they moved to Turner and purchased Sheppard’s grocery store, changing the name to Dolly’s Groceries. In 1966, they moved to Great Falls and lived there until they moved back to Turner in 1976. In the summer of 1980, they moved to the Grande Villa in Chinook. Olive lived there for 24 years. In April of 2004, due to her health, she moved to Northern Montana Care Center and resided there until death. Olive was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lee in 1986; sisters, Priscilla Read and Ruth Statelen; brothers, Clifford “Kip,” Hugh, Leonard, Bill and Carlos Hutton. Survivors include her son, Kip (Wilma) VanValkenburg of Havre; daughter, KayLyn (David) Monroe of Poulsbo, Wash.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Esther Statelen of Chinook; sister- in-law, Phyllis Hutton of Havre; and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be sent to the Little Rockies Christian Camp, c/o Fifth Avenue Christian Church in Havre, or one’s choice. Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.