Doris Ruth Unruh passed away at Springmeadows Assisted Living Home in Bozeman on Dec. 25, 2007. She was born on Feb. 11, 1924, in Beatrice, Neb., the oldest daughter of Carl and Ruth Schultz.
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She was married in May 1944 to John William Unruh; they raised five children in Roseburg, Ore., and divorced in 1982. Recently of Bozeman, Doris lived at Chequamegon Village.
An accomplished needle worker and superior quilter, Doris shared this art with others in Oregon and Bozeman by teaching others her wonderful gifts.
It's true that for one Christmas she made everyone in the family a sweater; that was 17 knitted sweaters! Her specialty was appliqué quilting; she made a completely handmade quilt for each of her children -- priceless heirlooms. The proverbial quilter, she always said that they could have been better. She was an active member of a local quilting group.
Doris is survived by her brother, John Schultz (Rita) of Auburn, Wash.; sister, Marilyn (William) Burgin of Corpus Christi, Texas; son, John (Alica) of Two Rivers, Alaska; daughters, Regina (Robert) Dukalskis of Roseburg, Ore., Rebecca (John) MacDonald of Bozeman, Tamara (David, deceased) Liscia of Roseburg, Ore., and Melissa (James) Wilson of Rimouski, Quebec, Canada; 12 grandchildren; and five great-granchildren.
The family wishes to thank all those who have offered their sympathies and kindness. We especially extend our warm thanks to all the personnel at Springmeadows for their care and attention.
Her wishes were to be cremated and her remains will be scattered in the North Umpqua River near Roseburg, Ore., where she spent many happy times fishing and camping.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
May she find peace. She will be missed.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 27, 2007