Doris McCulloch

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Doris McCulloch, a life-long educator and centenarian, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 29, after living a fulfilling and true American pioneer life. She was 106.

She began her life as Doris Kottke in Big Stone City, South Dakota, on Sept. 7, 1910. She moved with her parents several times to various farms in South and North Dakota and eventually settled in Velva, North Dakota, where she attended elementary and high school. She obtained a teacher's certificate from the Minot Normal School and taught in a traditional one-room schoolhouse for several years.

She later met and married Lester Roulier and they successfully farmed and labored together for many years in North Dakota. During World War II they moved to Ferndale, Washington, where Doris got a job teaching 7th grade English and social studies. She taught there for 29 years until her retirement. She was an active member of Kappa Delta Gamma teaching sorority of which she was a member until her death.

Doris loved to travel and the couple bought a 32 foot trailer and traveled the United States from New England to Florida and back to Washington. They then retired to California and then finally Mesa, Arizona.

After Lester died, Doris was on her own for many years until she met Robert McCulloch, a long-time Bozeman resident who also spent his winters in the same Mesa trailer court. Robert, age 85, proposed to Doris, 82, and they married. They spent two and a half precious years together before Robert died.

Doris spent about ten years in assisted living in Apache Junction, Arizona, before deciding to move to Bozeman with her step-children. She spent the last ten years in Bozeman recently celebrating her 106th birthday with special honors from the Governor's Council on Aging.

She is survived by her step-sons John McCulloch (Janet), Earl McCulloch (Donna Lee), and Ken McCulloch (Donna), a special niece Judy (Jack) Richardson and their daughter Sandy, who was like a granddaughter, and many step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren, and step-great-great-grandchildren. She will be buried in the Ferndale, Washington, cemetery. Services will be announced at a later date.

Memorials may be given to the Gallatin Rest Home Van Fund at 1221 W. Durston 59715 or to the .
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 2016