Doris H. Kruger (1915 - 2009)

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Early in the morning on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, Doris Helena Perry Kruger at the beautiful age of 93 passed quietly away in Bozeman Deaconess Hospital in Bozeman. She was very proud to live independently at Darlington Manor where she had wonderful neighbors. She always stated that she was "93 going on 16."

Doris was born on Aug. 5, 1915, in Hanford, Calif., to Stuart Joseph Perry and Faye Stalnaker Perry. She was the younger of two children and is survived by her older sister, Alice Hardison, age 95, in Post Falls, Idaho.

Doris attended grammar school at Whittier and graduated Butte High School in 1933.

At the age of 19, she married John Raymond Kruger Sr. of Anaconda on Dec. 1, 1934, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Butte. She had six children, lived through the Depression, was employed by Jimmy's Doughnuts, the Moxon Café and The Red Rooster Night Club as a top-notch waitress. She was married for 45 years before John passed away in December 1979.

In her younger years she loved to swim, dive, fish with her father, dance, play the piano, sneak out with her friends at night as well as enjoyed cooking and baking.

Later in life she became an avid bowler, loved all dogs and greeted them with dog treats on her daily walks. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, and at the age of 75 she volunteered at the Crest Nursing Home for 12 years. She enjoyed spending time talking to all the senior citizens and baked them homemade cookies each week. She also helped run the bingo games.

While living in Bozeman for the past six years, Doris enjoyed going to church every Sunday, attended senior citizens luncheons and functions with her daughter, Mary. She liked going to the movies and having a nice meal out. She volunteered with Befrienders, and was a member of the Gallatin County Newcomers group.

Doris was preceded in-death by her parents; husband, John; toddler son, Paul George; infant grandson, Paul James; and longtime companion, John Gribben Sr.

Doris is survived by her sons, Ray (Charlotte) Kruger, and Robert (Carol) Kruger; and her daughters, Dottie (Tubie) Johnson, Mary (Dick) DeBernardis, and Kathy (Glenn) Williams. She was privileged to be blessed with 12 grandchildren and 14 beautiful great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at noon and services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home in Butte. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

A gathering for Bozeman friends will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at Darlinton Manor's social room.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of your choice, or to the National Fragile X Foundation, P.O. Box 37, Walnut Creek, CA 94597.

Rest in peace, Mom, Grandma, Granny, Great Grandma. We love you and will miss your smile and your wonderful stories. You will always be in our hearts. Thank you for enriching all of our lives with yours.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 8, 2009
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