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Doris E. Kester

Born: Thu., Oct. 30, 1919
Died: Sun., Dec. 22, 2013


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Dec. 30, 2013
Location: Whitesitt Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Tue., Dec. 31, 2013
Location: Whitesitt Funeral Home

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STEVENSVILLE – Doris E. Kester, 94, died in the privacy of her own house in Stevensville in the evening of Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. Doris was born in Virgele, Mont., on Oct. 30, 1919, the youngest of seven children , to Mary E. Day and Charlie A. Lovinger. Her father was a wrangler who rode the roundup of central Montana, so much of her younger years were spent traveling and living in a covered wagon. They went from Virgele to the Nine Mile area in the Blackfoot to winter and back in the covered wagon with the livestock trailing. Her father died in 1928 so the family moved to Fort Benton and in 1932 her brother Howard moved them to Stevensville where she attended high school with the class of 1939. She and Rupert Kester were married Dec. 28, 1938. They ranched and raised their four children on the Sunset Bench where Doris made many life-long friends. She and "Scoop" were later divorced. Doris worked at the First-State Bank for over 20 years. After retirement, she worked for Shirley Moran in the school lunch room. After Shirley gave Doris her "second" retirement party, she thought that maybe she should really quit, at the age of 79. Doris volunteered at the Clothes Closet for 18 years, cutting rags with Pic Potter and Donna Savochka. Doris spent the last 50 years living her life just as she wanted to, appreciating her life in the Bitterroot, traveling, gardening, pinochle, dancing and having lots of people in for dinner parties. One thing was known for sure, Doris could drop anything she was doing and just go fishing, especially on the Burnt Fork. Of all the things that Doris enjoyed, she was the happiest when she was helping Duffy with the cattle. Doris was involved in the PTA, St. Mary's Saddle Club, Senior Citizens Center and the Women's Bowling League. Doris was preceded in death by five brothers, Floyde, Howard, Art, Frank and Ralph and a sister, Dorothy Shein. She is survived by her children, Mary Mae Hill of San Diego, Calif., Duffy and Margaret Kester of Alberton, Iowa, Jack and Karen Kester of Georgetown, Texas, and Jim Kester of Stevensville; five grandsons, Ernie, Doug, Brian and Coy Hill and the apple of her eye, Matthew Kester and his son Oliver; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews including special niece, Stephanie Shein; special friend, Pete Faulkner and numerous good friends. A very special thank you to Lanell Turner for her friendship and her tireless effort and support to make sure Doris could remain in her own house until the end, Peggy Smith and Nancy Lowell for all they did through the last years. The family would also like to extend a thank you to, Peg and Dean Whitesitt, Helen and Bill Kropp and Judy and Bill Rothie. The family will greet friends at the visitation which will be held on Monday, Dec. 30 at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville from 4 until 7 p.m. A traditional funeral service to celebrate Doris' life will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in the Riverside Cemetery in Stevensville with a reception following at the Stevi Café.

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