Dorothy Luella Mason Slinker Keil, born May 2, 1923, to Opha and James
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Arthur Mason. The oldest daughter of six siblings, she is survived by two sisters and one brother, all residing in Indiana.
Dorothy was married twice and had five children with her first husband,
Murrell: William Murrell Slinker, Orlando, Fla.; James Robert Slinker, of Sunnyside, Wash.; Cheryl Ann Williams, of Anderson, Ind.; John Eric Slinker, of Alexandria, Ind.; and Carol Sue Cheff, of Polson. Her second marriage was to George W. (Bill) Keil and resulted in the blessing of becoming mother to the five already lively and healthy "Keil boys:" Craig Douglas Keil, of Forks, Wash.; Duane Richard Keil, of Seward, Ala.; Blair Windell Keil, of Sweethome, Ore.' Grant William Keil, of Forks, Wash.; and the youngest, Ross Mitchell Keil, of Sweethome, Ore., (he was later adopted by her). She has a total of 48 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
A hard worker all of her life, first as a mother and homemaker, later as a caregiver to the elderly and children, Dorothy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ronan, now the Lighthouse Christian Fellowship. She attended regularly until, due to poor health, she was no longer able to.
There were so many things "Mom" enjoyed doing, one of which was gardening; in this she felt great satisfaction, looking in her pantries at the finished product of her labor. She shared her love of music, especially in her youth, singing in a gospel trio, as well as throughout her life, always singing to any child or baby she rocked. During her last few years she could not remember her children or even the events of her life, but she could always remember song lyrics to hymns and that Jesus loved her.
Not having money to tithe during one period in her life, she felt led to tithe 10 percent of all the eggs her hens had laid. Very shortly afterward she began this practice, her hens started laying double- and triple-yolked eggs, strengthening her belief in God's pleasure in her tithe. From that point on, she always felt the importance of tithing at least 10 percent of what she had.
Having lived through The Great Depression, Mom felt no one should ever be wasteful or take running water for granted and often said it "didn't take much money to stay clean and neat." She was sure to remind us all of that while we were growing up.
Mom completed just eight years of education and was always aware of her need to continue learning; thus, she was an avid book reader, did crossword puzzles and had a dictionary on her table most days.
The fondest memory of our mother was her teaching us to love Jesus. For that, we are grateful. May God honor her and her service in life.
A memorial service will be held on Oct. 23, 2010, at 3 p.m. in the Lighthouse Christian Fellowship (formerly First Baptist Church) with Pastor Sika Uluatua officiating. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at www.groganfuneralhome.com. Arrangements and cremation under the care of Grogan Funeral Home and Crematory.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 3, 2010