Dorothy "Dodgie" Jurovich

Thursday, June 7, 2018

On the peaceful spring morning of May 31", Dorothy "Dodgie" Jurovich moved on to Heaven.

She began her life on Nov. 23, 1931 in Washoe, Montana. She was the youngest of three children born to immigrant parents, Sam and Granica Jurovich. She spent her childhood there among the other mining families immersed in the traditions and culture of her Serbian heritage. Neither she, nor her sister Vera, knew a word of English until they entered the first grade. Even in Dodgie's last days of life, her sister's comforting Serbian words reminded us all of how important our roots truly are.

Her family eventually moved to Red Lodge and she graduated from Carbon County High in 1949.

Dodgie found her calling in health care and she would spend the next forty years working for Dr. Kane and Dr. Karas at the Red Lodge Clinic. It was there that she learned to appreciate the true meaning of compassion and kindness. She had a fascination for people and if you met Dodgie you could be assured that she would not only remember your name but also something unique and special about you or your family.

She had a spirited sense of humor and an obsession with big pickup trucks and red lipstick. She loved to play nickle poker machines and would practically fall over herself whenever she got the chance to see the High Country Cowboys perfortn. She would never turn down a margarita, chardonnay, or a gin and tonic. Oh ... and soup, she loved soup! There wasn't much that didn't bring Dodgie joy.

She is survived by her sister Vera Uzelac. Her niece Vicki Halseth, her husband Eric, and their children Brittie and Tanner ... whom she absolutely adored.

We are really going to miss you Dodge, but are so happy you will be having a wonderful reunion with your parents, your brother Nicholas, your brother in law Tom, and your many friends and neighbors.

Our special thanks to Dr. Brad Fouts. It was in large part to your advice, friendship, and care through Dodgie's ups and downs that you kept her going for many of her 86 years. In addition, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to the staff of the Beartooth Billings Clinic. The quality of care and quantity of love they provided was nothing short of amazing.

It is impossible to thank all of those who helped Dodgie in her later years. Whether you helped her to thrive or helped her to wind down with dignity, you know who you are. We can't thank you enough. You are the perfect example of the true power and meaning of friendship.

Her funeral service will be Saturday, June 9 at 11 a.m. at Smith Olcott Funeral Chapel in Red Lodge.


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    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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