Posted 4/04/17 (Tue)
Dorothy Lois Frazee passed away March 16, 2017, in her home in Bozeman, surrounded by family after a valiant fight with cancer.
Dorothy was born in Williston, N.D., to George and Edith Wright and grew up in the Badlands near what today is Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Her first years were spent on the family homestead which consisted of a small tar-papered home and barn. She rode to school on her horse or on the tractor with her father when weather was bad. Later her family moved a few miles away to a larger farm which became a place full of fond memories shared with her younger sisters Jean and Kathy, and brothers Greg and Harley. “Dot,” as she was called by her family, attended high school in Arnegard, N.D., and had to stay with family friends in town during the winter school year. In summers she worked on the family farm and cut hay for neighbors to begin saving money for college.
High school functions between Arnegard and Watford City were common and where she met the love of her life, Clint Frazee. They dated all through high school and college. Both went to Jamestown College in eastern North Dakota. She worked in Cook County Hospital during her junior year and then received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which became a life-long profession. They were married in Watford City on June 23, 1959, and moved to Grand Forks, N.D., while Clint completed his Master’s degree in accounting. Their first child Brad was born in Grand Forks in 1961. They moved to Portland where daughter D’Anne (Buck) Ward was born in 1964.
Times were spent making new friends such as Barney and Brenda Luttrell, and exploring the Oregon coast. In 1967, Juli (Matt) Rognlie was born, and shortly after the family moved to Bozeman, Mont. Dorothy worked as a nurse for pediatricians until retirement, providing care for thousands of children over the years.
The family enjoyed many years of camping, skiing, and vacations around the country. After retirement, Dorothy and Clint spent 10 years in Tucson, Ariz., enjoying warm weather, good friends and family. Dorothy learned to play tennis in her 60’s, and played most every day until cancer began its toll in her mid-70’s. Dorothy beat breast cancer twice before moving back to Bozeman in 2014. She spent two wonderful years enjoying her true home town along with Clint, spending time with family and new friends at their home in Aspen Pointe. Her quality of life was very good until her last month.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Harley. She loved time spent with her grandchildren, Nolan Morgan, Torryn Frazee, Allison Rognlie, Miriam Rognlie, and Bryce Frazee; and great-grandchildren, Avery and Briar Morgan. Services were held Sat., March 25, at 1:30 p.m. at Aspen Pointe, 1201 Highland Blvd, Bozeman.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.