Gertrude W. Donehoo, 98, passed away Saturday evening, June 8, 2013, at Bridger Healthcare where she had resided for the past five years.
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She was born July 30, 1914, at Springhill to Gallatin County Pioneers, Richard P. and Wilhelmina (Crouse) Wall. She was the youngest of four children, having three older brothers.
In 1916, the family moved to Canton, Mont., north of Townsend, where she grew up attending the one-room Johnson School. She was sent to Helena, working for families for room and board. She graduated from Helena High School in 1932.
On Oct. 20, 1933, she married Robert Donehoo in Wolf Point, Mont. They lived in Helena, Townsend, Wheeler (Fort Peck Dam) and Fort Collins, Colo. They settled in Bozeman in 1941, but left during World War II – being stationed at Fort Bend, Kan., and Salt Lake City. After World War II, they returned to Bozeman and had their family.
She joined First Presbyterian Church in 1947 and participated in the activities of the church in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s into the 1970s.
In 1959, she decided to go back to work and spent 20 years at Woolworths in downtown Bozeman.
Through most of her life she was the ultimate hostess, preparing large dinners for friends and family. She also hosted weddings and baby showers for many young brides and mothers.
After her husband's death in 1973, she traveled extensively with the Bozeman Senior Center, visiting all but one or two states. She took her last trip at 97 years old to Jackpot, Nev. When she wasn't traveling, she would never miss the bingo games at the senior center. She had volunteered at several work stations though RSVP. She volunteered in the gift shop of the old hospital, the book store, the Pioneer Museum, the public library and Second Hand Rose.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Minnie in 1922; father, Richard in 1959; her husband, Robert Donehoo in 1973; brothers, Carl Wall in 1984, Henry Wall in 1988, and Bill Wall in 2000. She was the last of her generation in the immediate family. She was also preceded in death by several nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her son, Patrick Donehoo, of Bozeman; daughter, Evelyn (Larry) Chatwood, of Billings; and granddaughter, Nicole Chatwood, of Billings; as well as cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was a 51-year member of Lily of The Valley #4 Order of the Eastern Star, Bozeman Senior Center, Sons and Daughters of Gallatin Pioneers and First Presbyterian Church.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at Springhill Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. There will be a reception afterwards.
Donations can be made for memorials to Gallatin County Pioneer Museum, 317 W. Main, Bozeman, MT 59715, Bozeman Senior Center, 801 N. Tracy, Bozeman, MT 59715 or First Presbyterian Church, 26 W. Babcock, Bozeman, MT 59715.
The family would like to thank the staff at Bridger Healthcare, especially the hard-working CNA's and the staff of Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 12, 2013