Dorothy Ruth Ecker

Dorothy Ruth Ecker, 90, died in Red Lodge on Feb. 18 of congestive heart failure.


Born on Jan. 23, 1926, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Dottie was the oldest child of Floyd C. Smith and Alta Mae Covington Smith. She grew up in Flint, Michigan and graduated from Flint Central High School in 1944. She worked as a Teletype operator at Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio during World War II. On March 23, 1946, she married her high-school sweetheart, Leonard Ecker, after his return from military service in Europe. They raised five daughters in the small town of Flushing, Michigan. Her daughters were her bright and shining stars, and she encouraged them in all of their scholastic endeavors and school activities.


Dottie was active in Girl Scouts for 30 years, as leader of a daughter’s troop from Brownies to high school graduation and as a director of Day Camp and Troop Camp. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and sang soprano in the choir. Her hobbies were bowling, golf, sewing, bridge, reading, and square dancing. She worked at various jobs—school bus driver, custom drapery maker, dress shop clerk, real estate agent, and office manager. In 1983, she and Leonard retired and spent many years traveling the country in their Airstream trailer, visiting all fifty states, Mexico, and Europe. In 1998 they settled in Red Lodge. In retirement Dottie took up tap dancing and amateur theatricals. She gave bridge lessons and joined the Red Lodge Community Church where she also sang in the choir.


She was preceded in death by her infant son Peter Leonard, her parents, her brothers Leon Smith and George Smith, and her great-grandson Joshua Tyree. She is survived by her husband of almost 70 years, Leonard; her daughters, from youngest to oldest, Georgia (Jeff) Carder, Ruth (Marc) Lohela, Sally (Lanny) Hilderman, Joyce (Don) Herod, and Lee Ann (Bill) Cooper; 9 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchild


ren; and her sister and brother, Doris Smith and Charles Smith. The family extends gratitude to the loving caregivers at Cedar Wood Healthcare Community in Red Lodge, the staff at Beartooth Billings Clinic-Hospital, and Dr. William George. A funeral service was held on Monday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. at the Red Lodge Community Church. Smith-Olcott Funeral Chapel of Red Lodge has assisted with the arrangements.


Memorials may be made in Dottie’s name to the Red Lodge Community Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 786, Red Lodge, MT 59068.


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  • Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 1:00pm
    Long, cold winter getting you down? Get out of the house and join the fun on Sunday afternoon for Bingo to help the homeless pets of Carbon County. Be there for Beartooth Humane Alliance Bingo, Sunday, Feb. 25, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., at the Red Lodge Elks Club.
  • Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.