Dorothy Helland passed away January 6, 2020 at the age of 95, but not before living a full and complete life filled with loving family and friends.
Dorothy was born in her grandmother’s house in Stickney, South Dakota on January 28, 1924, the fourth of 12 children. The large family included 8 girls and 4 boys. The family moved to a farm outside Rosebud, Montana. It was there where Dorothy attended the rural Sand Creek School through the 8th grade.
Her education was suspended for two years while she stayed home to work on the family farm. She loved the country life, but it wasn’t always easy. Dorothy carried a scar on her arm – the result of being run over by a plow as a child. Whenever asked about it, she would reply that is was “easier to walk in front of the plow than in back of it.”
When she resumed her education, she attended Rosebud High School, where she became the first member of her family to graduate.
Dorothy was an avid and active member of 4-H, attending several 4-H camps in Chicago and around Lake Michigan. She also served as a delegate for her county to the Montana State 4-H Convention.
After high school, she attended Normal School in Billings, now known as Montana State University-Billings. After one summer of school, she began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Angela, Montana.
It was in Angela that she met Roy Helland. The two quickly fell in love and were married in Miles City, Montana on May 23, 1945. The two lived and worked in several locations before returning to the family farm at Rosebud in 1957 where they raised their family.
Dorothy loved life in the country. As a young farm wife, she was ecstatic about the prospect of getting a milk cow. Roy and Dorothy were successful family farmers until Roy’s illness forced them to retire in 1998.
After Roy’s death in 2000, Dorothy moved to Billings to be closer to her family. She loved taking excursions with her daughters and sisters, who all said she was a wonderful traveling companion. She never complained, even when the audio book playing on the car radio wasn’t to her liking. Her travels opened her to many experiences that weren’t possible during her years on the farm, including an ocean cruise, road trips, boating, canoeing, touring southern plantations and a tour of Niagara Falls. But the part she loved the best were the visits with family along the way.
God allowed Dorothy a very active life until just this past year. Special thanks to the River Stone Hospice House for the excellent care they provided Dorothy in her final days.
Dorothy will be desperately missed by those who loved her most, including her sister Margaret Artz of Puerto Rico; brothers Lawrence (Audrey) Artz of Belgrade, MT; Donald (Henri) Artz of Billings; sisters Norma (Harvey) Glock of Columbus, MT; and Esther Holobiczko of Tucson, AZ; and daughters Chris (Mitch) Nelson of Billings; and Pam (Tim) Novick of Rush City, MN. Also surviving Dorothy are 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dorothy was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Artz and Charles Artz, and four sisters, Alice Edelman, Laura Rousch, Mabel Allgaier, and Gladys Whitney.
A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 201 Wicks Lane in Billings. Burial will be in Forsyth Cemetery, with a reception at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home following the graveside service.