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Dorothy Marie Moore

HUME, Mo. – Dorothy Marie Moore, 82, of Hume, Mo., passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2010, after a struggle with congestive heart failure.

She was born on Aug. 20, 1927, in Missoula to Robert J Kerpies and Agnes Catherine Gonsior Kerpies.

Dorothy played the piano and danced as a child, many said she looked like Shirley Temple. She attended Catholic schools in Missoula, and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy, then began studying to be a pharmacist at Montana State University.

She fell in love with a soldier boy, Bill Wimett of Florence, quit school and married him in 1945. They had three children, Judy Shepherd (Midland, Texas), Marlane Gruver (Spokane), and Billy Wimett (Kirkland, Wash.).

They were divorced and Dorothy married Nick Patch of Alberton, in 1950. Dorothy and Nick had two children, Nancy McFarlane (Helena) and Dan Patch (deceased; formerly of Helena). Dorothy and Nick raised Judy, Mar-lane, Nancy and Dan in Alberton, while Bill Wimett raised Billy Wimett in Missoula.

Dorothy played a very active part in raising her children. She was a Bluebird, Camp-fire leader, 4H leader and church organist. She held various offices in the Milwaukee Women’s Club and was a lobbyist during Jack Kennedy’s presidential campaign. She had a beautiful flower garden and made the bouquets for the homecoming princesses and queen. She sewed most of her children’s clothes and had a flair for the dramatic. She held high standards for her children insisting they each go to college.

She later moved to Kansas when she married Dick Moore in 1973. They moved around the first few years with his job as a boiler maker. Soon they bought a farm in Savonburg, Kan. Dick was very sick with malaria, diabetes and asbestos poisoning, and other illnesses so Dorothy went to school to get her AA degree in nursing. She was a good nurse and caretaker of Dick in his later years.

In 1998, she had a house built in Dick’s hometown of Hume. She made sure it would accommodate Dick’s wheelchair. Dick died January 1999, before he could move into it. Dorothy then remained in Hume the rest of her life.

She attended the First Baptist Church in Hume enjoying many nice friends in her later years. She absolutely loved to read and was always trying to help someone who was less fortunate than her.

She is preceded in death by two husbands, Nick Patch and Dick Moore; her son Dan Patch; and grandson Wayne McFarlane.

She is survived by her daughter Judy Shepherd; daughter Marlane (Bradley) Gruver; daughter Nancy (Don) McFarlane; and son Bill Wimett. She had eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Hume, on May 16. She will be laid to rest in Missoula. Her family will hold a private ceremony at a later date.

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