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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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Mary Ann (Reading) Yaple
   Posted Fri December 27, 2013
To Doris's family, especially Duffy, Jack and Jim. It has been many years since I have seen you or your mother, but I remember living on Sunset Bench and knowing your family. My condolences to you all on the loss of your mother. You do have many beautiful memories to keep and share with generations of family. God Bless you all.

Arlee Tucker
   Posted Fri December 27, 2013
My condolences to the Kester family. I am sorry I am not able to attend Doris's service and see all of you as I live in Texas. I am grateful that I did see Doris this past year, taking my mom to see her. She was the kindest and warmest person and I know she will be missed. My prayers are with all of you.

Mike Lebert
   Posted Fri December 27, 2013
Our condolence from Mike, Kim & Victoria Lebert, Fairbanks,Alaska

Kathy Murdoch Spellman
   Posted Sat December 28, 2013
Dear Sweet Kester Family... It's with a heavy heart that I send my condolences; not due to Dori's passing like you may think, as I KNOW she is dancing and fishing in Heaven with the Angels... but, of missed opportunities to visit with her these past couple of years. After our phone conversations, I knew she cared for us and held so much of my Grandma, Mazie Lovinger & my Mom, Helen Baskett Murdoch's history in her heart. God Bless Doris and your loving and dutiful son's & daughter. Jim, you gave her great peace and assurance that she would not go through this alone. Love Kathy Spellman

Sharon & Marshall Kyle
   Posted Sat December 28, 2013
Duffy, what a wonderful life for a great lady. Regretfully, we will be unable to attend the celebration of your mothers's life, as Sharon is unable to travel and I am fulfilling the roll of caregiver.

Terri Jean Riley Bird
   Posted Sat December 28, 2013
To all of the Kester clan, we are so sorry for your loss. At this end of the state we have only wonderful memories of a grand lady, pulling taffy, popcorn balls, such an infectious laugh and warm genuine smile and most of my memories occurred prior to being 10 years old. She and our mom, Joyce enjoyed a friendship that the miles could not change and visits and phone conversations just picked up where the last left off. Please know we are thinking of you and find it fitting you celebrate this woman's life on New Year's Eve. Do take care.

Terri Jean, Joyce, John, Patty Jo, and Mike Riley

Harriet Perigo
   Posted Sat December 28, 2013
I have known Doris Kester for over 50 years. She was always so special to me. Sitting on her back porch talking and looking at St. Mary's mountain was better than spending time with a shrink. Doris could whip up a lovely meal in no time and you were always welcome even if you didn't call first. Heaven has gained a wonderful lady. My deepest sympathy to the family.

David and Candice Miller
   Posted Mon December 30, 2013
Kester Family,
We were saddened to hear that Doris had passed away. I always looked forward to seeing Doris growing up and working for Duffy. She always was very easy to visit with and had great stories to tell about being in the Bitterroot Valley and our families. I remember seeing her head up the Burnt Fork to go fishing and visit with who ever would stop and hang out with her. Mom and dad always enjoyed the opportunity to see Doris and visit with her for hours.
When I was working for Duffy with the glamorous job of cleaning hog pens, Doris usually had lunch ready for Duffy, Cody and myself. Even with our fine odor, she was always excited to see us and had something great to eat. She always had some wisdom to share with us as we ate whether it be on history of people in the valley or how to deal with people. She was a strong lady and was very loving and has a great legacy to follow her. She is now in a great place and in the hands of the Lord. I know that we are so much better for having the chance to know Doris Kester.
The Miller Family

Kathy and Dale Dufresne
   Posted Wed January 01, 2014
Doris was such a bright star of Stevi. We were lucky to meet her shortly after moving to Stevensville. We enjoyed her twinkle, her amazing knowledge of the area, and being able to see her at school. (Dale always ate lunch at the school in the 40+ years he worked there.) We were one of the lucky ones to have known her all these years!.......Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

Craig Siphers
   Posted Sat January 11, 2014
I would like to express my deepest condolences to the entire family.

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