Eldora Donaldson Bokovoy is now in the arms of her heavenly father, and together again with her dear husband Al, and her many beloved family members and friends who have gone before her. Eldora was born in Melstone, Montana, on Aug. 7, 1919, to W.A. Donaldson and Mildreth Brackett Donaldson. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 25, 2015, two weeks short of her 96th birthday. She was from a family acquainted with longevity with a mother, grandmother and a great-aunt all reaching 90, 100 and 98 respectively. She faced her years with grace and dignity.
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After attending Great Falls Commercial College for two years she met the love of her life, Al Bokovoy, in their workplace, he a bellhop, and she a secretary. They married three months later on July 9, 1939. Their first years were spent in Havre then Great Falls, where Dennis, their first child was born. When the war started they moved to Vancouver, Washington, where dad got a job as a burner in the shipyards. Mom loved Vancouver's climate and often talked about it being one of her favorite places she had lived.
In 1944 dad was called back to the family farm near Geraldine, Montana, to run his father's farm, a 1912 homestead. Son Lanny and daughter Dianne were born there but Eldora didn't like living on the farm. Daily life was hard with no electricity or running water and always being chased by the rooster on the way to the outhouse. She preferred life in town.
They moved to Anaconda in 1947 after dad bought the Coast to Coast Store there. Two years later in 1949 dad bought the Coast to Coast Store in Lewistown. It was a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. Trips to the lake and mountains, picnics and camping, boating and friends made summers.
Eldora loved her home and her garden. She loved beauty and flowers and had beautiful flower gardens as long as she was able. They bought property near Tonapah, Arizona, and together turned the desert land into an oasis of flowers, fruit trees, palms and cacti.
In 1984 Al passed away. She continued living in Lewistown until 2003. For the past 12 years Eldora has lived in Bozeman at Aspen Point Senior Retirement. She wanted to be near her daughter Dianne and her husband Jim, and be part of lives.
Eldora had a strong faith in God, a quiet walk with God. She had such a love for all her family including nine grandchildren, her six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. There's nothing that gave her more pleasure than having a grandchild come to visit. She would make them feel like they were the most important person to her. And they each were. She loved people and loved to talk with them until hearing got too difficult.
Eldora is survived by her three children Dennis (Yvonne) of Hood River, Oregon, son Lanny (Penny) of Missoula, Montana, and daughter Dianne Good (Jim) of Bozeman, Montana, as well as all her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her great-great- grandson.
The funeral service will be held on Monday, Aug. 3 at 4 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church on 19th Ave. in Bozeman. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at the Lewistown cemetery at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a nonprofit of your choice.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on July 30, 2015