What a reunion there was in Heaven on the morning of February 22, 2018. Dorothy Maxine (Bolan) Feller was met by her husband, Al, parents, Harry and Ida (Lowe) Bolan, brothers, Weldon (Bud) and Gordon (Duffy), and sisters, Ardes and Nadine, as well as all her cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends who preceded her in death. At age 98, she was the last.
Dorothy, later known as Grandma Do, was born in Sanborn, Iowa on December 12th, 1919, but grew up in Huron and Iroquois, South Dakota. She graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University and went on to become a teacher. It was there that she met Grandpa, Alvin “Dutch” Feller. They were married June 1st, 1942 and were blessed with 3 daughters and a son, Dianne, Denise, Debra, and Douglas. In 1956, the family moved to Helena, Montana, buying a home which she lived in up until she moved in with her daughter, Denise, in 2014. Thanks to Denise, she was able to live out her life close to her family and be part of the day to day family activities.
Grandma Do was involved in many of her children and grandchildren’s interests, from Cub Scouts, Brownies, Sunday School, and attending games, to sending cookies for Jill's team. Church was very important to her and she was a member of St Paul’s and then East Helena Methodist. She enjoyed playing Double Solitaire and making puzzles with her children and grandchildren. She made many of her daughters’ dresses throughout the years and taught her children and granddaughter to cook and sew. Grandma Do helped to raise both her grandchildren, Wade and Jill, and played an active role in the lives of their kids, her great grandchildren, Emily, Kimberly, Matthew, Hadleigh, and Jaxson.
With her at the time of her passing was her granddaughter, Jill, and granddaughter in law, Linsey. Her daughter, Denise, grandson, Wade, grandson in law, Zach, and great-grandchildren arrived shortly after.
She will be greatly missed by her family whom she cared about deeply. Children: Dianne (Carl) Johnson of Highlands Ranch, CO ; Doug Feller, Worland, WY; Denise Feller, East Helena, MT; and Debra (Nate) Simmons, Rathdrum, ID. Her grandchildren: Wade (Linsey) Feller, East Helena; Jill (Zach) Richards, Helena; Eric (Heather) Johnson, Wheaton, IL; Mark (Alexia) Johnson, Columbia, MO; Darren and Christopher Feller, Worland, WY. Her great grandchildren: Emily, Kimberly and Matthew Feller; Hadleigh and Jaxson Richards; Eleanor and Calvin Johnson; Nolan and Molly Johnson. She is also survived by her nephew, Jeff (Gina) Wiest and daughters, Holly and Samantha, Helena; and nieces: Marsha (Carl) Hines and son, Zac, Minnesota; and Cara Wiest, Helena. Grandma Do looked forward to her weekly visits from Jeff, whom she loved dearly.
We would like to thank Jan and Dan Wirak for being not only great neighbors, but friends to Grandma as well. Also, we thank the Spencer’s for helping Grandma and Compassus Hospice for their support.
A service will be held at the East Helena Methodist Church on Sunday March 4th, 2018 at 4:00pm. A dinner will be provided following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Methodist Church Memorial Fund Box 850 East Helena, 59635.