May 21, 1919-Nov. 21, 2018
Dorothy Louise Lousen Garvey was born in Great Falls, Montana, on May 21, 1919, to Charles and Mary Lousen, and she went home to be with her Lord and Savior on November 21, 2018. She was raised in Butte, Montana and attended Saint Patrick’s Grade School and graduated from Girls Central High School in 1933. Dorothy was very proud of being a member of the Girls Central High School Drum and Bugle Corp. She met and fell in love with Joseph Garvey and married him on November 15, 1941 in the Immaculate Conception Church, which was the first wedding performed after the church was remodeled. Dorothy followed her husband to New York City, where he was serving in the United States Army in 1942 to 1946 during World War II. While in New York, Dorothy worked as a server in an ice cream parlor and for the Kodak Company. After being in New York, Dorothy and Joe moved back to Butte. Together they had four daughters and one son. Dorothy was not only a homemaker; she worked in the cafeteria at St. James Hospital for several years before retiring in 1985. Since 2012, Dorothy resided at the Copper Ridge Health and Rehab Nursing Facility in Butte until her passing.
Dorothy always put her family first and was an extremely devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and was loved very much. Throughout her lifetime Dorothy made many lifelong friends and she enjoyed cooking and baking and was well known for making the best homemade pasties, noodles, banana bread, buns, and barley soup. She followed her children to all school functions and sporting events (especially swimming meets) where she especially loved ringing her copper “cowbell.” She loved life, her children, family and friends and was always willing to go the extra mile to help others. She exemplified strong family values and love of life, which she passed onto her children and the people that surrounded her. Dorothy was a very kind, caring, and determined — some may say “stubborn” — woman, who through her values and wisdom built lasting bonds and a loving foundation for future generations. She will always be remembered as “everybody’s mom” and the one person who made sure no one was left behind. She was an avid reader and loved briskly walking around Butte for her pastime exercise. She had the remarkable and rare gift of observing everything in minute detail: her beautiful blue eyes saw peculiar traits in people and nature that most people missed! Her life’s journey has taken her to a higher place and she will truly be missed.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Joe, her daughter Arlene, her sister Marion, her brother Chuck, son-in-law Rick Blumer and granddaughter, Tiffany Reindel. She is survived by daughter, Linda Blumer, Hayden Lake, ID, and her son, Chad Blumer, his wife Bobbie and great-granddaughter Makenzie of Rapid City, SD, and great-grandson Aedan Reindel of Coeur d’Alene, ID and his dad, Aaron, son, Michael and his wife, Jamie, Billings, MT, and their daughter, Stephanie Ridl and her husband, Mike, and great-grandchild Katrina of Sidney, Montana. Dorothy outlived all her generation’s relatives of the Novak, Lousen, and Garvey families, as well as all her life-long friends and neighbors.
Our mother now truly sees who the two better angels of her family are and of their unacknowledged yet honorable protective efforts to “fight the good fight” on her behalf throughout her lifetime and especially over these past 14 years!
Without question our mother was truly the Matriarch of the Lousen and Garvey families, she was the epitome of a great daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, friend. She told the best jokes! She brought many smiles to everyone she encountered and never complained. Yes, mom, we now truly know why there aren’t any wise men in the White House, you’re sitting right next to them in God’s Kingdom surrounded by all of our loved ones who have gone before us. Rest peacefully — you are truly home now!