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Delores A. Beier Weston was born to Fred and Lydia Beier in Lemmon, South Dakota on July 14, 1933, the sixth of their eight children. The family later moved to Missoula, Montana where she graduated from Franklin Grade School having the same Principal as her children who also attended Franklin. At age seventeen she began working at Missoula Laundry for Seventy Five Cents an hour shaking sheets. While working at the laundry she began bowling at Echo Bowling Alley, all the time telling her father she was going to weekly union meetings. She also began playing short stop for her City League Softball Team. She later parlayed her softball expertise into coaching her son’s Pee Wee Baseball team to the League championship after the coach quit.
On August 2, 1952 she married William D. Weston in Missoula. Their married life began with a honeymoon at the Weston family ranch where she learned to run the Power Buck Rake while Bill stacked hay. Two months later they purchased their first home for $2,760.00 on Ninth Street, the property remains in the family to this day. She was never afraid to tackle any task and excelled at most anything she did. Delores and Bill then began their family with the birth of their children Barbara, Connie, William and Shelly.
Delores and Bill built their home on Eight Street in 1959, they moved in with no cabinets and she had to hang her clothes on the waterlines down stairs. They then acquired old University of Montana Strip Housing, moving and remodeling them into lovely little homes for families. She even helped roof one of the Duplexes when she was Six months pregnant. She was an excellent painter, free handing trim perfectly. She maintained the books for Weston Foundations for many years after taking just one accounting course. She was an excellent negotiator, always getting the best deal.
Delores was an excellent bowler bowling in both Women’s and Mixed Leagues in Missoula for many years. She was the 1995 Montana Women’s Bowling Association Senior Ladies Champion. This qualified her for and she participated in the Women’s Bowling Nationals Championships in Buffalo, New York in 1996. She took up golf when she was 58 years old and enjoyed the sport until the last few years. She was highly competitive even encouraging the family to compete at Crypto Quote as she copied the puzzle from the paper using carbon paper to supply each family member with their own puzzle, the first person with the correct completed puzzle was the winner.
The most important thing about Delores was that she was a good daughter, wife and an excellent Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. She left us the morning of October 1, 2016 at the family home.
Delores is preceded in death by her parents Fred and Lydia Beier, her siblings, Adeline Felsman, Viola Strom, Walter Beier and Eldon Beier. She is survived by, her husband William D. Weston, daughter, Barbara Druffel (Dennis), their children Kelcey (Patricia) and Chase (Lilah), daughter, Connie Hahn (Martin), their children Camille (Ben), Madelaine, Alexander,(Jenna) Andrew and Cameron, son William Weston (Jamie), their children Haley (Jon), Shelby and Kimberly and daughter Shelly Weston (Jon). She also leaves 12 Great grandchildren. As well as sisters Esther Murray, Alvina Dimmitt and Bonnie Hiatt and brothers in law Ben Weston and Emery Weston.
A Memorial Service for Delores will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, October 7, 2016 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home. Condolences for Delores’s family may be left at www.sunsetfuneralhomecemetery.com
About three years ago her slow descent into the abyss of Alzheimer’s disease began, a dissent from which she was never able to recover. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, www.curealz.org, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, 34 Washington St, Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.
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