July 30, 1928 – Feb. 6, 2018
Doris Moody was born in Winston/Townsend, Montana on July 30, 1928 to Milton and Corrine Moody. She packed her eternal suitcase and departed the station on February 6, 2018.
Mom was the oldest of four siblings. Her sister Reba and brother Gene preceded her in death. Her brother Larry and wife Phyllis Moody reside in Butte America.
Mom married Al Stewart and they had four children, Karen, Marcia, Jack and Doug. They later divorced. She married Jack McCoy in Butte and they had 3 children, Tim, Tammy and Tomisue. They settled in Townsend in 1967. Jack (dad), Tim and Tomisue preceded mom in death.
Mom was a tough ol’ bird. She was a proud member of the greatest generation! While she officially only had an 8th grade education, she was as smart as a whip with the vocabulary to prove it. She later remedied that and got her GED in California, without studying I might add.
Mom had many professions throughout her life. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, Sunday school teacher, dispatcher for dad at the Sheriff’s office, secretary for Connor’s Mortuary (we had the phone in our basement….sounds like the makings for a movie), receptionist for Dr. Swenson at the Townsend Clinic, bartender at the Legion, proofreader for the Townsend Star, amongst many other jobs.
While she could not look many people in the eye…..she was quick to find a box, bucket or a step-stool so she could do so.
We were fortunate in that everybody knew and loved our parents. They were pillars in the community. We always had a house full of family and/or company and usually always had extra people for dinner. Dad was famous for bringing people by at dinner time and surprising mom; but like Jesus feeding the 5,000, there was always enough food!
After dad’s passing in 2007, mom continued to live on her own. In 2016, she moved to Broadwater Health Center due to her COPD and macular degeneration. Prior to her macular degeneration, Mom loved to read, do the daily crossword puzzles, the daily CryptoQuip and loved to watch The Voice. (I personally think she had a crush on Blake Shelton!) I think that played a big part in keeping her mind sharp and her wits about her. She was 89½ with no sign of dementia! Mom loved to dance, all things chocolate and coffee. That little body could hold more coffee and chocolate than you could imagine!
I can only imagine what she packed to take with her in her eternal suitcase: ice cream bars for Tiger, Trekka and Angus (her dogs), crosswords, romance novels, police scanner (Scoop has to keep up with the current events), cigarettes (she reluctantly left her smokes at 107 North Pine Street upon entering the nursing home), coffee and chocolate. Mom, you and your wonderful sense of humor will be missed as you certainly were one of a kind. We were blessed!
Mom is survived by her brother Larry (Phyllis) Moody; daughters Karen Dimmitt, Marcia Bieber, Tammy Beattie (Brian); sons, Jack McCoy and Doug Stewart (Pat); 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, many members of the extended family and friends. Mom is preceded in death by dad Jack McCoy, Tim and Tomisue McCoy and grandson Bart Bieber. Rest in peace mom and keep the coffee pot on!
Mom has been cremated. Services will be at the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church on February 17th, 2018 at 4 o’clock. Luncheon to follow at the basement of the church. Please join us in celebration of her life. A huge thank you to Broadwater Health Center for caring and loving mom for 2 years as well as Frontier Hospice (Nurse Gina) for your compassion.