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Dorothy Stout

June 5, 1935 — February 2, 2023

Dorothy Davies Stout left this world unexpectedly February 2nd surrounded by her family. Dorothy was born June 5, 1935 in Columbus, Ohio to Russell and Anita Davies and joined older brothers, Jim and Rusty. Growing up, she lived with her family in Cincinnati, Ohio; Birmingham and Detroit, Michigan; and Toronto, Canada following her father’s work with the SS Kresge Company. As a young woman, Dorothy was a summer camp horsemanship instructor and competed in diving and synchronized swimming.

Dorothy studied history, English, and French language and literature at Miami University and the University of Western Ontario. After college Dorothy followed her brother Rusty to sunny California where she worked as a bank teller. It was at this time that she met her future husband, Noel Stout. They enjoyed hiking in the Sierras with their dog, Knight, and nephew, Dean Stout, as well as skiing at Mammoth Mountain where both instructed. They lived in the Los Angeles area where their two daughters, Sharon and Karen, were born. Leaving city life, the family moved to Lewiston, Idaho and on to Lolo, Montana.

After her divorce in 1974, Dorothy began another chapter raising and showing Tarentaise cattle. She was instrumental in establishing the breed association and registry in North America. That adventure took her to Sunburst, Fairfield, and Sheridan, Montana. In Sheridan she worked as a local ditch rider and got to know many folks in that area. After many successful years and having developed lifelong friendships, she dispersed her cattle herd and semi-retired to Dillon, Montana.

Dorothy loved staying busy, engaged in her community, and was always looking for a way to give back. She served on many boards and helped with multiple community projects. Most recently, she enjoyed helping at the Beaverhead Food Bank. An avid reader and historian, Dorothy spent many years researching her family and places they had lived. She loved her work at the Beaverhead County Museum researching, archiving, and helping others in their own research. Dorothy was passionate about genealogy which led to several fact-finding trips overseas. As an active member of the Beaverhead Hunters Genealogical Society, she enjoyed sharing her knowledge and investigative skills with others. Dorothy loved her dogs and was happy to match many rescues with kind homes which led to her service at the Beaverhead County Humane Society. She was especially fond of Saint Bernards and Australian Shepherds. Her last doggie companions, Bristol and Lucy, gave her lot’s of comfort and companionship these last few years.

Family and friends were particularly important to her. In Dillon, Dorothy had a close knit group of cherished friends with whom she enjoyed staying in close contact. Their adventures included theater tickets, lunches, hour long phone calls, travels, and home visits. Dorothy’s grandchildren were very dear to her heart, and she took them, during their childhood, on a one-on-one “granny trip” of their choosing. These trips were a highlight for her.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters Sharon Teague (Randy) and Karen Helle (John); grandchildren Jackie Teague Jones (Kevin), Matt Teague, and Evan (Sara) Helle, Nathan (Jessie) Helle, Weston Helle, and Claire Helle; great grandchildren Bristol Jones, Jack and, Ben Helle, and Daxton Helle. Also surviving are brother Rusty Davies; nieces Cammie Miller and Wendy Deans; and nephews Matt Davies, Jim Davies, and Doug Davies.

Dorothy was preceded in death by parents RC and Anita, brother Jim Davies, and grandson Mark Teague.

Donations may be made in her honor to the Beaverhead County Museum, the Dillon Public Library, or the Beaverhead Humane Society. A family memorial will be planned in the spring.

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