Dorothy M. Hanson, 84, of East Helena, formerly of Manhattan, went to be with the Lord on July 9, 2007. She was born on Sept. 26, 1922, to Alice Lee (Robinson) and Samuel Walker Hoomes in Alabama.
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She is survived by three children: Elaine Neese (Alvin) of Wolf Point, Gary Hanson (Susie) of Brockton, and Susan Bebich (John) of Helena; five sisters: Minnie Hugh of Andalusia, Ala., Flora Newsbamn of Winterhaven Fla., Sammie McGlothren of Brewton, Ala., Marie Ponder of Mobile, Ala., and Katie Nelson of Brewton, Ala. She is also survived by three grandchildren: Dave Bebich (Jolene), Tiffany Yung (Brandon), and Lacy Hess (Ryun); and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, and parents; a daughter, Bonnie Hanson; grandson, RT Clark; sisters, Delia Santos, Eunice Ricker; and brothers, Edward Hoomes and Oliver Hoomes.
Dorothy was one of the oldest of 10 children and she helped raise her younger siblings on a small farm near Brewton, Ala. She graduated from high school while living with her aunt and uncle in Montgomery.
She then began working and met the love of her life, Carl Lawrence Hanson, who was in the Army stationed at Fort Benning, Ga. They were married in 1942 in Columbus, Ga.
After the war, they moved north to Montana in 1946. After a short stay in Bozeman, they moved to Manhattan, where they owned an auto repair shop and worked on Wytana Ranch for 17 years. They retired in 1985.
Dorothy worked in Maudlow at the sawmill and also as a waitress at a local cafe for a while. Her most important job in life, however, was raising her four children: Bonnie, Gladys Elaine, Gary and Susie.
She was a great homemaker and was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, where she helped in any way she could, even filling in for the pastor with Leeta Townsend. Dorothy also loved to make candy and cookies, especially at Christmas. Many neighbors and friends were the happy recipients of some of her divine divinity, sugar cookies, caramels and jellies!
Dorothy moved to East Helena in December 2003 to be closer to her family.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 13, at Hagler-Anderson Mortuary in Helena. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. in Meadow View Cemetery in Manhattan.
650 Logan Street
Helena, MT 59601
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 12, 2007