Posted 10/20/10 (Wed)
Dorothy Holm, 82, of Watford City, N.D., died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at the McKenzie County Memorial Hospital in Watford City. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at First Lutheran Church in Watford City. Pastoral Assistant Rob Favorite will officiate and interment will follow at Schafer Cemetery. Friends may sign the online register book and give their condolences at www.fulkersons.com.
Dorothy Holm was born March 17, 1928, in Dickinson, N.D., to Leon and Olive (Wakefield) Churchill. She grew up on a ranch south of Grassy Butte, going to school in Grassy Butte, Killdeer, and Watford City. She graduated from Watford City High School in 1946.
One evening, while working as a waitress at Mabel’s Cafe in Watford City, Arnold Holm came in with a friend. They spied Dorothy and decided to ask her to go roller skating with them in Alexander. Arnold and his friend flipped a coin to see who would ask her and Arnold won the coin toss. The rest, as they say, is history.
Arnold and Dorothy were married on Nov. 16, 1946. They had three children: Rick, Diane, and Pamela, who were all raised on the family farm north of Watford City.
While raising her children, Dorothy also enjoyed working on the farm. She drove the tractor and combine when needed. She also rode horseback along with Arnold, working cattle on the farm.
When her children were all in school, she went back to work in town at the McKenzie County Memorial Hospital as a Nurses’ Aid. She worked for many years until she settled back into the life of growing flowers, playing bridge, and enjoying her farm life.
She was active in the Patience Circle at the First Lutheran Church, being the treasurer for many years. She spent most of her adult life in the Busy Hands Homemakers Club with women she met as a young farm wife. She loved playing bridge and was active in the regular club as well as the Marathon Bridge group. She was still playing weekly at the time of her death.
Dorothy loved travel and she and Arnold recently returned from a trip to Reno, where she indulged in her passion for the penny and nickel slot machines. On the way home, they drove through Yellowstone Park and visited family in Montana. She adored and loved visiting with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dorothy enjoyed her flowers and her big yard. She spent many happy summer days on her riding lawn mower keeping the home place neat and tidy.
She is survived by Arnold, her loving husband of 64 years; their three children, Rick Holm of Watford City, Diane (Terry) Gariety of Portland, Ore., and Pamela (Jeff) Scott of Columbus, Mont.; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Andy) Long of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Jesse (Sara) Scott and Garrett (Erica) Scott of Billings, Mont., Drew Scott of Livingston, Mont., and Coleman J. Gariety of Portland, Ore.; three great-grandchildren, Morgan Hawley, Evan and Cameron Long of Brooklyn Park. She is also survived by numerous extended family members, including nieces, nephews, and sisters and brothers-in-law.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Olive Churchill; a brother, Rex Churchill; and two infant children.
Friends may call at the Fulkerson Funeral Home of Watford City on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and an hour prior to services at the church.