November 1, 1916 ~ March 26, 2017
April 01, 2017 11:00 AM
Doris K. Sandquist, 100, passed away on March 26, 2017 at Elsie’s Assisted Living in Belgrade, MT. She was born on November 1, 1916 to Will and Laura Brainard at their home north of Belgrade.
She and her ten siblings all attended the Durham country school through eighth grade. They either rode horseback or in a horse-drawn cart on their three-mile commute to school each day. She attended Manhattan High School, graduating in 1934, she earned a teaching certificate from Eastern Montana College in Billings and later graduated from Montana State University.
She taught at a few rural schoolhouses in Gallatin County and in Billings public schools for five years. When World War II broke out she and one of her sisters abandoned their jobs and moved to Seattle to help out the government. In Seattle, she learned Morse code and tapped out messages to military bases in Alaska.
Doris married Springhill resident, Bud Sandquist, in 1954 and moved back to his family ranch. The pair adopted two kids, Jim and Jean, in 1962, and ranched until Bud passed away in 1998. She also taught in both Springhill and Belgrade schools over the years.
Doris enjoyed playing bridge, she was a member of the same bridge club for over 50 years. She was a member of Eastern Star, Montana Cow Belles, the Montana Teachers Association, and the Springhill Community Women’s Club.
She was preceded in death by her son, Jim, in 1992; her husband, Bud, in 1998; and all but one of her siblings.
Doris is survived by her daughter, Jean Sandquist (Brad Watson) of Rochester, NY; grandson, Geoffrey Dutille of Rochester, NY; sister, Eldean Remple of Seattle, WA; sisters-in-law, Joyce Sandquist of Bozeman and Evelyn Brainard of Manhattan; best friend, Odessa Eddie; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am Saturday, April 1 at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Private family interment will take place at Springhill Cemetery.
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