Doris Marjorie Halverson, 84, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, at the Liberty Medical Center in Chester after a brief illness.
Funeral services will be at 11a.m. Saturday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Chester. Following burial at the Chester Cemetery, a memorial luncheon will be held in the church fellowship hall. Doris was born Oct. 7, 1923, in a car on the way from Dutton to Great Falls to Lilly P. Faust and Ben A. Odden. Doris was raised in Dutton, where she graduated from high school in 1942. She earned a nursing diploma from Montana State University’s Cadet Nursing Program in Bozeman, then trained in Warm Springs, Galen and the Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls during WWII. Doris met Reuben Harvey Halverson, a native of Broadview, and they were married in Dutton on March 3, 1946. The Halversons moved to Chester in 1948, where Reuben worked as the local railroad agent. In the 1950s and 1960s, Doris worked as a nurse at the Liberty County Hospital. In 1965 Doris took a job at the Liberty County Times as office secretary and editor of the “Around Town” news column. She worked at the newspaper shop until her retirement in 1984. Reub retired in 1978, and the Halversons lived in their Chester home until 2003, when they moved to the Wheat Country Estates. Doris remained at the assisted-living facility until July, then transferred to the local nursing home. Doris was an active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Chester, a lifetime member of Our Savior’s Women’s Circle and the V.F.W. Auxiliary. She also participated in the Chester PTA, Garden Club and Lionettes. Doris also enjoyed crocheting and solving search word puzzles. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Reuben Halverson on Nov. 3, 2006, and her older brother, Norman Odden, in 1918. Survivors include daughters Karla (Gerry) Kulpas and Janis Chipman, both of Chester; sons, Kenneth (Jan) Halverson of Soldotna, Ark., Larry (Martee) Halverson of Springfield, Mo., and Greg Halverson of Manhattan, N.Y.; sisters, Betty Lou (Lloyd) Burtness and Marcile Trebesch, both of Dutton; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Memorials are suggested to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Fdn., Hi-Line Health Foundation, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, or the donor’s choice. Arrangements are by Rockman Funeral Chapel of Chester.