Doris Whithorn, 96, of Livingston died Friday, July 19 after a long and productive life as a Park County and Yellowstone Park historian. Family graveside committal and burial will be at Park View Gardens Cemetery. A celebration of her life will take place at a later date.
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Doris was born on the family farm near Davenport, Neb. on Dec. 18, 1916 to Arthur and Lois Swenson. She and William F. (Bill) Whithorn were married June 25, 1939, and moved to Billings shortly thereafter. While in Billings, the Whithorns welcomed four children, Bruce, Carol, Alta, and Duane. They purchased The Wan-I-Gan and moved to Paradise Valley in 1948.
In addition to her four children, Doris had 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. She is survived by daughters, Carol Orr of Butte and Alta LeDoux (Vern) of Livingston; and daughters-in-law, Karen Whithorn of Vancouver, Wash. and Diana Whithorn of Livingston. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Orville Swenson; husband, Bill; sons, Bruce and Duane, and grandson, Ronnie Stands.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Yellowstone Gateway Museum, Box 815, Livingston; Pine Creek Methodist Church, 2470 E. River Rd., or a
Arrangements by the Franzen-Davis Funeral Chapel in Livingston. Online condolences available at www.Franzen-Davis.com.
Franzen-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory
118 North Third Street
Livingston, MT 59047
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 23, 2013