Doris Mauland

Doris Mauland, a kind, humble, giving soul left this earth Dec. 17.

Doris Marie Thomas was born September 1, 1931 to Orville and Lavina Thomas in Great Falls, Mont.  Doris spent her young life growing up in Cutbank with her sister, brothers and parents.  She told many stories of those days — a summer living in a cabin in Castle, Mont. and one winter in Wolf Creek and a favorite about riding her horse from Cut Bank to Browning and spending that rainy night in a strangers barn.  

No one was a stranger for long with Doris as she made friends quickly — friendships that lasted a lifetime.

Doris attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.  She was in a the choir and sang in several musical productions.  She graduated in 1954.  That fall Doris took a teaching job in Big Timber.  She loved being a teacher and was loved by her students.  During her illness these past couple of years so many reached out with lovely letters, telling stories of her talents with music and art and her generous, kind heart.

That year Doris met Svend Mauland and within days they knew they were meant to spend the rest of their lives together.  On June 17, 1956 they married and moved to the Mauland Ranch on Big Timber Creek where they lived until 1978.  During those years they had four children and opened their home to many a friend that quickly became family.  They moved to town and later to Wildcat on Rapelje Road where Doris lived until her death.

Doris’s life took on many rolls.  Teacher, artist, mentor, choir director, EMT — but the job she loved most was that of being a caregiver to all.  Her love of her husband, children, grand children, great grand children and all she met was her greatest gift.  

Her hand painted rocks, saws and bones will continue to adorn many a mantle and her beautiful voice will continue to live on in our hearts.

Doris is survived by her husband Svend, brother Floyd (Barb) Thomas, Sister Clara Strand, daughters Kathy (Mike) Crane, Sandra (Russ) Lewis, Susan (Steve) Pauli and son Michael (April) Mauland, nine grand children, six great grand children, nieces, nephews, and a host of “adopted” family members and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Margie and brother Bobby.

We will miss her so.  There will be a summer celebration of life.  Memorials can be sent in her honor to Stafford Animal Shelter in Livingston and the Shodair Children’s Hospital.

 

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