Marie (Dolly) Dwyer, 98, passed away on Jan. 14, 2020.
Dolly was born in Mayville, N.D., to Oscar and Ella Gustafson. the oldest of 11 children. She graduated from Arnegard High School in North Dakota and attended Minot State College. She taught school in country schools in North Dakota and Unionville, Mont. Even before her marriage, she was a 4-H leader and continued to be involved in 4-H. She taught young people through this group for 67 years. Where she received many accolades one of which was being the first 4-H leader in the United States to receive the Salute to Excellence.
She married Terry Dwyer, of Alexander, N.D., in 1941. After WWII, they moved to Montana where Terry began his journalism career at the Independent Record in Helena. In 1953, they moved to Great Falls when Terry began working for the Great Falls Tribune. After following Terry’s journalism career and raising their family, the two traveled extensively until Terry’s death in 2007. Dolly helped start the county and state 4-H foundations and was a charter member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. Dolly loved to read, play games, do crafts, sew and cook. Since losing her sight to macular degeneration, she continued to read with Talking Books.
She is survived by her children, Nel Carver (Robert), Colleen Lulf (John), Maureen Downey (Bob), Kelly Dwyer and Sean Dwyer (Jon); six grandchildren, Brian Carver, Betsy Carver Fink, Amilee Downey Vick, Meghan Lulf Sutton, Clancy Downey and Jevon Lulf; 10 great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Taylor, Vivi, Genna, Breyer, Peyton, Teren, Taylor and Shawnessy; sisters, Dorothy, Avis and Monica; and brother, Jerome. Dolly was preceded in death by her husband, Terry; great-grandson, Colby; and six brothers.
Memorials are suggested to the Cascade County 4-H Foundation, the Montana State 4-H Foundation, Redeemer Lutheran Church, the Montana Blind Association Talking Books Library, or to the donor’s choice.