In memory of

Doris M. Kuhl, age 86 of Helena

April 12, 1931 – June 22, 2017

Our loving Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Sister-in-law, Aunt and our lifelong Friend Doris “Dorie” May Kuhl has passed away peacefully at St. Peter’s Hospital in her Granddaughter; Mikayla’s arms and made her journey in the arms of our Lord Almighty on June 22, 2017 at 3:47am .

She was born on April 12, 1931 at home as the middle child of five children to her parents Samuel John and Martha Josephine Bogard.

She attended St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School and graduated from Bishop Gilmore Cathedral High School with the class of 1949.

She served the public working for 30+ years with the Clerk and Recorders Office of Lewis and Clark County. She also served the public with working at the Department of Revenue and the Livestock Commission. After Dorie’s retirement she spent all her time being a devoted mother and grandmother as well as a homemaker.

Dorie’s interests were “Family First” then decorating her very stylish home, cooking, gardening, watching the deer, birds and bunnies in her yard. She also loved playing bingo with her friends and family on birthdays and special occasions.

She had a magnetic and fun personality that attracted lifelong friends and always liked to have fun and did whatever it took to make people laugh.

She was raised with the upmost respect and generous nature as she loved to shop for family and friends and those in need! She always had a gift and card for everyone for every occasion. She touched the lives of everyone who met her. She will be immensely missed by all who knew her. She also enjoyed watching her soap opera with her granddaughter.

Her love for the Lord radiated in everything she did and to everyone she knew and loved with her whole heart and soul.

She had a rare disease called myelodysplastic syndrome in which the bone marrow does not produce red blood cells therefore weekly blood transfusions were needed. Her walk with the Lord guided her through this terrible disease for nearly 10 years without complaint. She did not allow the disease to bring her down. She handled it gracefully. Through this she developed a special friendship with her wonderful physician Dr. Tom Weiner and his fabulous nurses in the Oncology Cancer Treatment Center and his wonderful nurses on the Oncology Floor in the hospital. They would actually call “Dibs” on who was going to take care of Dorie. They all cared for her with unconditional love and laughter.

Our special thanks to all who cared for my Dearest Mother/Grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her son “JJ” James Joseph, her parents Sam & Martha, and sister; Rosie Lindstrom.

Dorie is survived by her daughter Diana, her granddaughters Mikayla Howard and Myriah Smock and her children Kyler and Katy Smock and her brother Joe (Dorothy)Bogard, her sisters Connie Smigaj, and Martha (Jim) Moodie and many nieces and nephews.

Our world will never be the same without our Angel Dorie. She was bigger than life to all her family and we will carry on her teachings.  She most importantly touched our hearts and our Lives in every aspect. She will be truly missed!

If you wish to send a contribution on behalf of Dorie, please send it to St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 1700 Missoula Avenue, Helena Montana 59601. Please see below to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Dorie.



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  1. Dorie you are my angel. You have a beautiful heart. I’m glad you got to be part of my life. I’ll remember all the good thing we did together, and talks we had. My your soul be at peace now. I know you’ll be watching over everone now. Love you miss Dorie

  2. Pam Bailey Fallang says:

    Sorry to hear about Dorie’s passing, I just loved that lady. Never got to see her much but our family’s go back a long ways. She was always so funny. Sure will miss her but at least she is out of her pain. I know she will be watching over all of you and her and Rosie can have a good time now. Love to you all, and will be thinking of you. My prayer’s and thoughts are with you.
    Love you all,
    Pam Bailey Fallang

  3. Ralpha Patrick Smith says:

    Dorie was a very special friend…always.

  4. Ralpha Patrick Smith says:

    From highschool thru marriage, having babies, loseing sons, playing bingo, going dancing, divorces…Dorie and I did it all…so sorry I didn’t get over to see her in these later years, but was always thinking of her. Love her and all of you.

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  6. Bob Blankenship says:

    You will always be my mom ! Thank you for all your Love & memories with my best friend JJ.
    My heart is always with you.

  7. Roy Moreno says:

    Ii first met doris in stewart home my friend EJ lived next door to diana&Jj have not seen her for several years RIP

  8. Ronda Davis says:

    Diana… So sorry for your loss. I know how it feels. We will see them again someday. Prayers to you..
    Ronda Sewell-Davis

  9. Y. McBeath says:

    My heartfelt condolences on your loss. May you find some comfort from the words found at Revelation 21:4. Soon the pain and suffering we experience with the death of a loved one will be no more.

  10. Michael Nisbet says:

    Grandma Dorie was always smiling, winking and joking through out the entire time I got to know her. I’ll always remember you and I am glad you are home in peace now. Love you Grandma Dorie!

  11. Cheryl Warburton says:

    Dorie had a smile that lit up a room or lifted your heart. Dorie always called us the Howard girls and then would would say get over here and give me a hug!!! It comforts me to know that she is at home with JJ and Rosey she was welcomed home and will be there to welcome us when the time comes. My love and hugs go to her family that work to celebrate an amazing woman. Rest In Peace Dorie till we meet again 💞

  12. Tim Clavin says:

    Diana and family,
    I know how close you and your mom were. I am sorry for your loss, take care.

  13. Henry Flatow says:

    Dear family: Please accept my condolences for the loss of Doris. When playing softball with Jim, I spent many hours at their Stuart Homes residence. Doris was always most congenial and her bubbly personality never ended. I also enjoyed all of the family.

  14. Williams Family says:

    Condolences to the Kuhl family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, “heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.” May God bring you comfort and peace.

  15. Carol Bridge says:

    Heaven is a more wonderful place with Dori’s presence. She is such a love. It was an honor and pleasure to serve Dori in the Cancer Treatment Center. She is whole and at peace now. May all your memories stay with you forever. God Bless all of her family.
    Carol Bridge, Volunteer in the CTC

  16. Rick and Jan O'Connell says:

    Our condolences to the family of a genuinely good lady. We will miss her sparkly eyes and great smile.

  17. Carla Smith Coffers says:

    Diana and family…I think back on that crazy summer we lived together. I loved your mom, you and JJ. Your mom was special and so were you kids. My heart felt condolences to your family. Your mom can rest easy now with JJ.

    Love Carla Smith Coffers

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