Barbara Beth DonTigny Shook
On the afternoon of June 28, 2018, Barbara went peacefully to her Heavenly Father while resting in her favorite recliner, with her cat on her lap, at the Lakeview Assisted Living in Colstrip, Montana. Barbara was 87 years old.
Barbara was the second child born to Alphonse and Evelyn (Hanson) DonTigny on August 27, 1930 in Williston, North Dakota
Early years were spent in Williston where her father worked as a contractor. The family moved to Missoula, Montana when she was in high school. After graduating high school, she attended University of Montana in Missoula as an art major. Barbara enjoyed telling about her days of working in the movie theaters selling tickets and was very proud of the time she worked as a clerk in the city offices. Later in life, she opened Kensington Nursery with a neighbor providing a loving environment for many children. Her true joy was in being a homemaker for Neil and loving mother to Paul.
Barbara married Neil Shook May 19, 1952. Her father build their home that they shared until Neil’s passing in July 2017. In November, she moved to Colstrip to be near her son and daughter-in-law. She was very proud of her home and shared stories of the work she and Neil did to help with the building of it. She decorated it with her paintings and many crafty holiday decorations.
She and Neil were members of the St. Paul Lutheran Church and several dance groups including the Accordion Jamboree. Barbara was a lifetime member of Alpha Master of Beta Sigma Phi. She loved to entertain and liked to learn as much as she could about everyone she met.
Paul, her only child, was born January 1956. He was the pride and joy of his parents’ lives. They enjoyed many out-door adventures including hiking, skiing, and river floats with other family members.
Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Neil, and her older sister Delores. She is survived by her son, Paul, and daughter-in-law, Joan; brothers Byron (Joyce) DonTigny and Jerry (Pat) DonTigny and their families and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the charity of your choice. Graveside service will be held at Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery in Missoula where she will be laid to rest with her husband, Neil. The date is pending currently. Cards or expressions of sympathy can be mailed to P.O. Box 2258, Colstrip, MT 59323. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be shared at: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Special thanks to Dorian Hunter of Lakeview Assisted Living for the beautiful home and loving care during the last months and days of her life. Special thanks to her caregivers Tender, Krista, Cindi, Audrey and Thelma; and Darlene Sanders, P.A. Colstrip Medical Center.
Caring for Barbara during the last years of her life was a joy, a privilege and an honor for her daughter-in-law, Joan, who will truly miss this amazing woman.