Doris Muriel Dyer

Doris Muriel Dyer, 87, resident of the Hamilton and Missoula area for the last twenty years, passed away from natural causes at the Discovery Care Center on Sunday, November 6.

Born August 22, 1929 in Ringling, Montana, Doris was the daughter of Mabel and Deforest Shuyler. She attended elementary school in Ringling, along with her two brothers, Bill and Dee, and her sister Marge, before graduating from high school in White Sulphur Springs. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Montana State University.

Doris began her teaching career in 1951 in the Big Sandy schools. While living in Big Sandy, she met and married Jack Dyer in 1953. Together they raised five children in the Big Sandy and Harlem areas. Doris earned a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Northern Montana College and became the librarian for the Harlem schools. Jack and Doris retired to the Oregon coast in 1981 and returned to Montana in 1995 to be closer to their family.

In her spare time, Doris enjoyed creating oil paintings of the Oregon coast and vistas around Montana. She had a great sense of humor that always left her family and friends laughing. She also enjoyed gardening, burning food, and was an avid reader. Upon returning to Montana, she volunteered as a tour guide at the Daly Mansion.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband Jack in 2011. She is survived by her daughter Susan Behrman (Mark) of Hamilton and four sons, Steve (Debbie) Dyer of Denver, Mick Dyer and Jeff Dyer of Hamilton, and Bruce Dyer of Boulder, Montana, as well as her granddaughter Jordan Behrman, her sister Marjorie (John) Robinson of Missoula, and several nieces and nephews.

A private grave-side service will be held in White Sulphur Springs at a date to be determined.

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