In memory of

Dorcas Alice Whitehead

July 13, 1949 – September 11, 2010

Dorcas Alice ‘Dorie’ Whitehead, 61, who was born in Thompson Falls, MT on July 13, 1949 to Mary Ellen and Samuel Soule, passed away Saturday, September 11, 2010 in Helena, MT.

Dorcas was raised on Blue Slide Road, just outside of Thompson Falls where she attended High School. She later moved to Great Falls, where she came to meet Glenn Whitehead, who would grow to be her lifelong soul mate, and life partner. She and Glenn were married August 17, 1974 in Great Falls surrounded by many family and friends. Dorie worked as a CNA at the Deaconess Hospital, until she gave birth to their first son, Samuel.

After that, Dorie made a lifelong commitment to being the mother of all mothers. She loved children and fostered them, until she adopted 3; Patrick, Jacob, and Jade. She lived and breathed for her children. She was a booster mom, and leader of both the Cub Scouts and the Girl Scouts.

Dorie was a member, in good standing of Cascade Chapter #101 Order of the Eastern Star, as well as Helen C. Roberts Chapter #74 in Great Falls, where she has served as Worthy Matron several times. She loved Eastern Star, and all the friends that she had gathered over the many years. She was also involved with Jobs Daughters, and served as a member of the council with Bethel #9 in Great Falls. Dorie was also the unofficial DeMolay mom for the William D. Cummings Chapter order of DeMolay in Great Falls, where she loved the boys just like they were hers.

Dorcas and Glenn had 4 children together: Samuel Hugh and wife Julie of Helena and their 2 children, Bailey Dawn and Kali Ann; Patrick Housel of Helena; Jacob Paul and wife Julie of Sacramento, CA; and Jade Nicole Allen and husband Sean of Great Falls and their son, Gage Matthew. Dorie also had 2 step daughters, Rebecca and her son, Shane of Columbia, SC and Elizabeth and her daughters, Niki and Stephanie, also of Columbia, SC. She is also survived by her brother Ira Soule and wife Linda of ID; a sister, Tina Love of Seattle, WA; and many nieces and nephews.

Dorie was preceded in death by her husband Glenn Adair Whitehead on April 5, 2010. She was also preceded in death by her mother, Mary Ellen and father, Samuel, as well as a brother Alton.

Dorie lived her life for her family. She and Glenn were inseparable, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. They moved to Cascade in 1987, where they worked to raise their 4 children, and there was nothing they wouldn’t do for them. She was the mom everyone loved to see, she was the fun mom. Dorie loved to cook for large groups of people, even if it meant the football team coming over after practice. She was an avid baker; if there was a birthday cake to be made, she was usually the one being called. She loved helping people which is a direct reflection of the kind heart she had.

Dorie and the love of her life are reunited again, and though Dorcas will be deeply missed by everyone she knew, and every life that she touched, let it be comforting to know that she is no longer hurting, there is no more pain.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. Saturday, September 18, 2010 at Retz Funeral Home Chapel with a reception to follow the service at the Masonic Temple, 15 N Jackson St. in Helena. Burial is set for 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 20, 2010 at the Montana Sate Veterans Cemetery, Ft. Harrison. Arrangements are under the care of Retz Funeral Home. To offer a condolence to the family or to share memory of Dorie, please visit


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  1. Marla Wolstein says

    I only recently met Dorcas at the Masonic Home. She sat at the dinner table with my dad, Dick. She was a sweetheart and had a warm and caring heart. My dad has alzheimers and she would keep an eye on him and encourage him to eat more and keep me abreast about how he was doing, because you could never get a straight answer out of him 🙂 My condolences to all of Mrs. Whitehead’s family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Natalie A.M.E. Soule Kauffman says

    Dear Sam, Pat, Jake, Jade,

    It is hard to find the right words to say. I am and have been praying for God’s peace to be on all of you.

    I feel your hurt, and ask God to comfort you all at this time and for the days ahead. I pray that you each will be there for oneanother, it is not any easy thing to loose both parents in just 5 months.

    God knows your hurt and loves you very much.
    I love you to and if ever you need to talk I am hear.

    I will miss both of them. As children we spent alot of time with them, spending summers, going camping,I even lived with them for a time. Aunt Dorcas could always make a person laugh. It seemed like she really enjoyed life. I will miss them very much.

    I love you all. Your cousin and Friend, Natalie Kauffman

  3. Jenna Reynolds says

    I’m so bummed. Sorry for your loss. Love you guys.

  4. Sam- I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers and with you and your family.

  5. Richard and Helen Richter says

    Dick and I were sorry to learn Dorie passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

    God Bless
    Helen and Dick Richter

  6. Tom and Judie Kissinger says

    Sam, Jake, Jade & Patrick; words cannot express how sorry we were to learn that your mom had passed away. We have so many wonderful memories of time spent with her and your dad and know that they are together again. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We have lost a wonderful lady. Judie & Tom

  7. Deane Whitehead says

    Whitehead Family, I am sorry for the loss, but Dory was suffering and I know she wanted to go to the lord, we visited her last week and she was not happy We are saddened to see her pass but she is in a better place. and we will miss her smiling face and good attitude. We loved her dearly,With sincere sympaty, Deane And Dee

  8. Wes & Margaret Beatty says

    To all the family,
    We enjoyed visiing with Dorie at the Elkhorn and had been looking forward to a visit at the Masonic Home on Sat. Was so sorry to learn of her passing. We have been on vacation and unable to attend the service. Our love & prayers to all. Margaret & Wes Beatty

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