Doris Joyce (Snow) Collins Seely was born January 17, 1931 in a little house on Front Street in Anaconda, MT. Her parents were Harold and Violet (Tarkalson) Snow.
She was raised on ACM Ranches, which her father managed during WWII and they soon welcomed a brother, Lee. Doris attended schools in Anaconda and Opportunity, MT and later earned a GED.
A gentle soul, Doris who could fish with her bare hands, coax wild animals close to her or get birds to come sit on her hand. Doris loved camping, fishing and swimming.
Doris married Dennis Collins and they moved to Puerto Rico and Louisiana when Dennis was stationed there during the Korean War. After they returned to Montana, Doris welcomed her daughter, Kathleen.
Doris was a natural mom, even though Kathleen had special needs. Doris was one to have her join in, hauling her up mountains, teaching her to fish and watch nature, and trying every craft that struck their fancy.
Doris and Kathleen moved to Helena where Kathleen attended college, and Doris worked at Galen State Hospital and Warm Springs. Doris was a tireless worker and took great pride in being able to work with all kinds of people.
Doris was gifted in creativity, making patterns and sewing dolls for Christmas presents. She became a Girl Scout leader and active sponsor when Kathleen joined Job’s Daughters. About the time she retired, Doris was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She moved back to Helena where she lived with Kathy. They continued to take care of each other until Doris went to live in assisted living. Alzheimer’s is a nasty disease that steals people’s sense of humor and joy, slowly losing all the gifts so well developed through life.
Doris was a joyful person and a great MOM to everybody who needed one. She is proceeded in death by an infant brother, her parents Harold and Violet Snow, her first husband Dennis Collins, and Ray Seely, her second husband.
A visitation for family and friends will be Tuesday, May 5th from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m. at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Avenue, Helena, MT 59602. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 7th at 2:00 p.m. at Sunset Cemetery, 5001 Crackerville Road, Anaconda, MT 59711. A memorial celebration where we can visit, talk and eat up close will be held after this Corona 19 mess has resolved.