Maureen Dolan, 78, a very kind and loving person, passed away unexpectedly into the arms of the Lord on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, of natural causes at a Billings hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p. m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at First Lutheran Church, with Pastor Michael O’Hearn officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery.
Memorials in Maureen’s honor may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 911 W. 5th Ave., Spokane, WA 99204. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements.
Maureen was born on Dec. 13, 1934, to Marvin and Gladys (Patrick) Smith. Maureen was passionate about her family and friends. She enjoyed cooking and baking and working outdoors in her many gardens around Montana.
Maureen was a master gardener and enjoyed growing vegetables and flowers. She loved playing cards, especially bridge and pinochle. She was a very positive person and always had wonderful advice. She was a hardworking, compassionate person who loved volunteering for her church, making many quilts and school bags. Maureen enjoyed traveling and was able to go to Disneyland with her granddaughter in 2011.
She married the love of her life, Robert C. Dolan, in 1956. They were married for 56 years. Maureen was a teacher throughout her life. She taught G. E.D. classes at Robins School. Maureen played women’s softball well into her 60’s and could play as well as the young ladies on the team. Maureen occasionally taught students how to drive. After retirement, Maureen and Robert spent their summers at Swan Lake, Mont., and their winters in Mesa, Ariz. They had many friends in both places.
Maureen was preceded in death by her parents, Gladys and Marvin Smith; her husband, Robert Dolan in September 2012; her brother, Richard Smith; and her sister, Karen Taylor.
Maureen was a very loving mother to her two sons and her foster daughter. She is survived by her older son, Mike (Cody) Dolan of Billings, Mont. ; her younger son, Wade Dolan of Arizona; her foster daughter, Candace (Gerald) Hoots of Portland, Ore. ; and her granddaughter, Kameron Dolan of Billings.