Dorothea M. Huff, age 99, passed away on Dec. 10, 2015, at the Meadowlark Assisted Living Facility in Columbus, Mont.
She was born in Sidney, Mont., the fourth of 10, to her parents James and Evelyn Moore, who were pioneers in that part of the state.
Although only afforded an eighth grade education, learning was paramount and she pursued it all of her life. Through correspondence courses and home study she attained high positions in the field of hospital nursing, culminating in becoming the head nursing home administrator in Big Timber, Mont., for 14 years.
Under her leadership this facility earned several awards for superior care. She held nursing positions in Sidney, Red Lodge and Columbus prior to accepting the Big Timber position. While in her latter position in 1968, Montana’s governor appointed her as a member of the Montana’s Hospital and Long-Term Care Facility Advisory Council for a 2-year term.
Her adventuresome spirit never backed down from any new challenge. She was the first woman to solo and then obtain her private pilot’s license at the Columbus Airport.
Her other accomplishments included serving as Grand Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. Additionally she was a long time volunteer at Project Hope and the Beartooth Museum, both located in Columbus.
She was married to Clyde Christensen who died of a heart attack at age 54.
Her second husband, Clete Huff, also pre-deceased her. He was a prominent builder and also owned Huff’s Flying Service in Columbus.
She is survived by two children, Clyde and his wife Diane, Carol and her husband Karl and grandson Lance Christensen, grandson Kelly and three great grandchildren Dylan, Haydn and Elijah. Grandson Eric Christensen sadly pre-deceased her.
Funeral services were held at the Columbus Congregational Church on Dec. 15, with internment immediately following at the Columbus cemetery. A luncheon reception was held after in the Columbus Congregational Church following burial.
Flowers can be sent to the Columbus Congregational Church. Donations on her behalf can be made to the same church or the charity of your choice.