Dorothy Whaley, 89, died Saturday, August 11, 2007, at Barrett Memorial Hospital in Dillon following a stroke.
A memorial service at the Dillon Presbyterian Church on Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. will precede a graveside service at the Harlem Cemetery on Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. Dorothy was born near Antwerp, Belgium on April 20, 1918, Dorothy, at the age of two, immigrated with her large family to Chicago. In 1932, they moved to a farm near Harlem where Dorothy attended several years of high school before completing beauty school in Billings. In 1941, she married Charles Brower of Harlem. Their twin daughters were born in 1949. In 1959, she was hired as librarian at the Harlem Public Library which she served for 21 years, taking summer courses in library science at the University of Montana. Dorothy also operated a beauty shop part time from 1965 until 1985. She liked growing irises. She taught Sunday school for many years at the Harlem Presbyterian Church and was active in the Order of Eastern Star. After retiring, she and Charles enjoyed traveling in their motor home to Alaska, Florida, Maine and around Montana to Good Sam Club jamborees. Following Charles’s death in 1984, Dorothy traveled widely and participated in many Elderhostel programs. In 1987, she and Floyd Whaley, from north of Havre, were married. They traveled to Hawaii, China and Australia before his death in 1989. Dorothy then moved to Havre where for many years she was an enthusiastic volunteer at the public library and hospital and at school listening to second grade readers. She served as an Elder in the Havre Presbyterian Church. In 2005, she moved into the Eagles Manor; a year later, she became a resident of Renaissance Assisted Living to be near her daughter and sonin- law in Dillon. She enjoyed the YMCA pool, attending church and Bible study, reading mystery books from the Dillon Public Library, playing games, and attending concerts. She will be remembered for her tenacity, determination and service. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Emiel, Henry, Albert, Paul, George, and Louie D’Hooge; sisters, Irma Tilleman, Martha Felton, Jean Bruns, Josie Schwenke, Lena Everaert and Augusta Jensen; her husband of 42 years, Charles Brower and her husband, Floyd Whaley. Survivors include daughters, Cheryl Brower of Seattle, Charlene (Ron) Loge of Dillon; five grandchildren, three greatgrandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dillon Public Library, the Havre Public Library or the Harlem Public Library.