Eunice Dorothy Schultz-Ackerman, 87, of Hershey, passed away April 2, 2014, at Centennial Park Retirement Village.
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She was born on Aug. 21, 1926, to Leroy P. and Eunice (Bartells) Burns at Clyde Park, Mont. She was the sixth of eight children that lived near Sedan, Mont., where she attended school thru the eighth grade. She graduated from high school in Bozeman, Mont., and later became a registered nurse through Montana School of Nursing in 1947.
That year she married Ray A. Schultz and they lived on a farm north of Gallatin Gateway, Mont. They had four children but divorced after 27 years of marriage.
She later married Albert Ackerman, of Bozeman. Dorothy worked as a nurse for 36 years at the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital and for Dr. Douglas Alvard in private practice.
She enjoyed working as a nurse, gardening, sewing for family and friends and doing various handi-crafts. She attended the farmers market in Bozeman for 15 years where she sold fresh garden produce, floral bouquets and hand braided rugs.
Dorothy moved to Hershey in 2005 to live with her eldest daughter, Beverly Lyon, on a small ranch south of town. She continued to grow a large garden, tend flowers and spoil all the animals including three mini-donkeys. She called them "little pick-pockets" and hand fed them "tid-bits" on a daily basis.
She was a determined, talented, frugal and very thrifty woman who loved to take care of things and watch them grow behind her green thumb.
Dorothy was a member of the Ladies Garden Club in Hershey.
She is preceded in death by her parents; a son, Ronald in 1967; four brothers, Robert, Charles, Clarence and Henry; her sister, Ruth; and Albert Ackerman.
Dorothy is survived by a daughter, Beverly, of Hershey; a son, Ed (Debbie) Schultz, of Gallatin Gateway, Mont.; and a daughter, Nancy (Charles) Cruff, of Albany, Calif.; two brothers, Wesley Burns, of Belgrade, Mont., and W. Bruce (Suzanne) Burns, of Albany, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Jason Lingard, of Billings, Mont., Justin (Patti) Hains, of Florissant, Colo., Niki (Dennis) Hipp, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Denny Bowden, of Mesa, Ariz., Debbie Bowden, of Mesa, Ariz., Brian (Jennifer) Schultz, of Queen Creek, Ariz., Kari West, of Bozeman, Mont., Julie Schultz, of Lacey, Wash.; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A private family burial will be at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Bozeman, Mont. at a later date.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 20, 2014