Dorothy Haugen Markuson

Dorothy Haugen Markuson, 95, entered eternal rest on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021. She was residing at the Logan Assisted Living Center in Shelby, Mont.

Services will be held at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church at 222 2nd Street, Shelby, on Friday, Nov. 27, at 11 a.m. The church asks that anyone not vaccinated to please wear a mask during the service.

Dorothy was born on March 29, 1926, to Melvin and Andina Haugen in Hannaford, ND. At the age of 22, she married the love of her life, Douglas Markuson on, May 22, 1948. Doug and Dorothy celebrated 73 years of everlasting love and marriage! Dorothy worked various jobs throughout her life. The most rewarding of them all was being a loving wife and mother to their six children.

The family lived in Fargo, ND, and while they were there Doug was a Railway Mail Clerk and Dorothy took care of the children at home. In 1952 Doug’s job transferred him to Shelby, where they resided until moving to Billings, Mont., in 1967.

After their children were grown, Doug was transferred to Salt Lake City, where they resided until his retirement in 1983. 

Once retired the two took up a passion for traveling, which they continued to do for years to follow. In the early 90’s they purchased a cabin style home in Essex, Mont., where the family enjoyed many irreplaceable memories! Eventually the two moved down south to Yuma, Ariz., where they resided until 2018. In 2018 they moved back to Montana to be closer to family.

Anyone who has ever spent time at their home will always remember how much Dorothy loved to bake. She always had a batch of cookies ready with a huge smile for any visitors that would come by. One of her other most memorable accomplishments was hitting a hole in one at the West Glacier Golf Course. That is just one of countless accomplishments Dorothy had throughout her life. However, she would tell you her most proud accomplishment was the family her and Doug created. 

She is survived by her husband; six children, Becky (Doug) Gard, Allan (LeeAnn) Markuson, Ron (Cheryl) Markuson, Karen Houston, Larry (Janet) Markuson and Gail (Randy) Murgel; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Andina; siblings, Millard, Bob and Carolyn; and her grandson, Brian Markuson.

Contributions in memory of Dorothy may be sent to a charity of the person’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the family via Karen Houston at P.O. Box 2162 East Helena, MT 59635. 

Condolences can be made to www.asperfh.com.