After an extended illness, Dorothy Ogle Smith, 81, died peacefully on March 30, 2007.
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Dorothy Georgene Rose was born Feb. 22, 1926, in St. Cloud, Minn., the second child of Terrance P. and Francis C. Rose. She was raised in "Little House on the Prairie" country in Tracy, Minn., near Walnut Grove.
Dorothy completed her teaching degree at Mankato State Teachers College in 1945 and taught grade school one year in Mankato, Minn.
During the summer of 1946 Dorothy traveled to Helena, Mont., to visit her best friend. There she met Clayton Ogle. After several months of courtship through letters and a Christmas visit, Dorothy and Clayton were married in the First United Methodist Church in Tracy on June 21, 1947.
The couple moved to Missoula where Dorothy taught second grade at Paxson Elementary School, while Clayton completed his degree at the University of Montana. Of interest, Dorothy was required to sign a contract stating that she would not get pregnant, in order to get the Missoula teaching job. Throughout her life, teaching children and watching them learn was very fulfilling and rewarding to Dorothy.
In 1949 following Clayton's graduation, they moved to Townsend, where Dorothy substitute taught grade school and their three boys were born. Here, the family enjoyed camping and fishing along Deep Creek and visits to the Kitto Ranch near Radersburg.
In 1958 they moved to Glasgow, a career move for Clayton, where their daughter was born.
Their next move in 1960 was to Lewistown, where they enjoyed memorable years raising their family, running kids to ball games and church activities, and made many lasting friendships.
In 1967 the family moved to Bozeman, where Dorothy continued to substitute teach, was very involved in activities of her church and her children, and lived the remainder of her life. In 1989 Dorothy and Clayton divorced.
Dorothy married Raymond Smith, Sept. 1, 1993, and they shared many years of happiness before her illness in recent years. Dorothy and Ray enjoyed traveling and time with friends and family.
Her Christian faith and church fellowship were a foundation for Dorothy throughout her life, most recently at Grace Bible Church in Bozeman. Dorothy enjoyed and was renowned for her diligence in remembering birthdays, anniversaries and other special days of friends and relatives with cards and gifts.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Raymond Smith of Bozeman; brother Howard (Claire) Rose; children: Randy and wife Gini Ogle of Kalispell, Bob and wife Sandra Ogle of Austin, Texas, Dan Ogle of Meridian, Idaho, Cheri and husband Ralph Arthur of Riverside, Calif.; five grandchildren; five step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at Grace Bible Church, 3625 South 19th Ave. in Bozeman. Interment will follow in Sunset Hills Cemetery. Visitation hours at Dokken-Nelson will be from noon to 9 p.m. on Monday and up until service time at Grace Bible Church.
Arrangements are being made under the direction of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 1, 2007