Dorothy Allen

Died: Sat., Apr. 15, 2017

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On April 15, 2017, Dorothy Louise Allen died at her home in Choteau, MT. She was 88 years old. Dorothy was born on July 6, 1928 to Carl and Laura (Platt) Bloom in Rapid City, SD. She was raised in Hill City, SD where she spent her youth playing in the Black Hills and singing with her childhood friends, "The Pistol Packing Momma's". She began to play the piano when she was three years old. She became an accomplished pianist and as a young teenager accompanied silent films at the movie theater. Dorothy attended Black Hills State Teachers College and Chadron State College. She graduated with a degree in music. On August 28, 1949, she married Charles W. Allen in the Little White Church, Hill City, SD. They were married 68 years. They moved to Choteau, MT in 1954 where they both taught until they retired. Dorothy was a strong advocate of education for all children. She took great pride in having her 4 children, their spouses and 4 grandchildren involved in teaching. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. Dorothy taught private piano lessons for nearly 70 years. She suffered through many lessons, knowing full well the child hadn't practiced all week but encouraging them just the same. She was a champion for performing arts. She supported the Performing Arts League, Prairie Mountain Players and assisted in many high school and elementary musicals. If anyone needed music for a special occasion, Dorothy was there. She was a member of The United Methodist Church where she directed the choir, accompanied the choir and was the church organist until her retirement in 2017. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister. She is survived by her husband, Chuck; their children: Ronald (Debra) Allen, Richard (Jolene) Allen, Carol (Tom) Mollgaard, Karen (Tim) Anderson; 10 grandchildren: Rachel, Carly, Sydney-Jon, Jordan, Matthew, Christopher, Jeffrey, Trevis, Daysha, Teslynn, 3 great grandchildren: Sophie, Jasper, Juniper and two special daughters: Lorran Depner and Laura Halverson. A memorial service will be held July 6, 2017. Donations may be made to Peace Hospice or Bright Eyes Animal Shelter.

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Emile Kimmet
   Posted Wed April 19, 2017
Sending prayers and sympathy. Keep your memories close. It helps. Emile Kimmet

Jennifer Lightner
   Posted Thu April 20, 2017
Mrs. Allen was a neat lady. I fondly remember music class with her in elementary school. Sympathies to her family.

   Posted Tue April 25, 2017
My sincere condolences to the Allen family. It is never easy to deal with the death of a loved one. May the fond memories that you shared together bring you comfort and peace while God's promise of a future resurrection, found at John 5:28 & 29, brings you hope. My deepest sympathy to you all.

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