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Dorothy Lavoie Crosby 1933 ~ 2017

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November 2, 2017

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Dorothy Lavoie Crosby 1933 ~ 2017

SEELEY LAKE - Dorothy Lavoie Crosby, 83 of Seeley Lake, passed away Monday, Oct. 16 at St. Patrick Hospital.

She was born Dec. 31, 1933, in Missoula, the daughter of Mildred and George Lavoie.

Dorothy was first and foremost an avid fisherwoman. Although she enjoying fishing on Seeley Lake, her true passion was the 21 summers she spent fishing with her youngest son Rick in Alaska. She was adventurous in her love of boating, even when it meant overnighting on the floor of a boat out on the ocean at the age of 70. Shortly after she was rewarded with a boat large enough that she had her own queen-sized bed.

As everyone in Seeley Lake knew, Halloween was one of her favorite times of the year. She would decorate her property just to see the expression on the children's faces. People from all over would drive just to see her home.

Around Christmas, even with her low income, she would put baskets together and have them delivered to other low-income women anonymously.

Dorothy loved flower gardening and all things purple. She also loved being outdoors and picking pine, larch and fir cones to sell to the U.S. Forest Service.

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Dorothy Lavoie Crosby 1933 ~ 2017

She is preceded in death by her parents, a brother Lynn, daughter Sherri and two grandchildren, Chad and Shawn. She is survived by: six children Rick Butler, Earl Butler, Chester Butler, Rocky Houtchens, Jean Garrard and Jeri Walker; a brother Randy (Esther) Lavoie; eight grandchildren Wesley, Logan, Trina, Josh, Dee, Sona, Jason, Michelle and Naomi; many great grandchildren; and her nieces and nephews, that called her "Toots," Michelle, Nathan, Matthew, Tim, Terry, Cheryl, Laurel, Toni, Teddie and Josie. There were also her much loved, faithful pet companions who helped her through life, Pooh, Lave', Griz, Big Kitty and Bunny.

A memorial reception was held Saturday, Oct. 28. Mom, Toots, Dorothy would like to thank everyone for showing up.


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