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Dee Harrison


On March 21, 2020 Delores (Dee) Harrison went home to heaven in the arms of the angels.

Delores (Dee) Eve Harrison was born on October 24, 1928 in Ipswich to John and Katherine Dosch. She was raised there on a farm with her two brothers and three sisters.

She married Emil Hettick on Nov. 27, 1947. Emil and Dee had six children together. The family moved to Missoula, Mont. in 1958. Emil passed away on May 16, 1970. Soon after Emil's passing, Dee started work at the University of Montana from where she eventually retired.

She married Arnold Harrison on July 24, 1971 in Missoula. They were married until Arnold passed away on June 21, 1998.

After years had passed, she reunited with an old friend from South Dakota, Wilfred Kadlec. They spent their time traveling between Ipswich and Missoula, visiting family, as well as taking, many vacations and cruises together. They split their time between Missoula and Ipswich until Wilfred passed away on March 8., 2015. Dee then relocated to Missoula to be near her children.

Dee was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary where she spent many years volunteering for the organization. She was also a member of the Eagles. She was a devoted Catholic and member of St. Anthony's Parish in Missoula. She spent many years volunteering at Holy Family where she tended to their flower gardens and served meals for gatherings at the church. While she was in Ipwich, she did the same at Holy Cross.

Dee was one of the biggest Montana Grizzly fans you could ever meet. She enjoyed many Griz football games, basketball games and cheering on the Lady Griz. She also couldn't pass up a good deal and in the summer months, you could find her at garage sales.

If you knew Dee, you knew how much pride she took in her flowers. During her time in South Dakota she was a member of the garden club. She grew some of the most beautiful roses. If it was warm out, you could always find her in her yard, playing in the garden. She always said it came from living on a farm for all those years.

Dee never met a stranger she didn't like. She had so many wonderful friends here in Missoula and in South Dakota who she loved dearly. She loved her family so very much and Grandma Chickee, as she was known for her love of chickens, was a very proud grandmother and great-grandmother. Her smile would light up the room anytime she could talk about them.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Don Dosch of Missoula, sister Rita LaVoie of Missoula, sister Gladys Braun of Aberdeen, husbands Emil Hettick and Arnold Harrison of Missoula, companion Wilfred Kadlec of Ipswich, granddaughter Lisa Glass of Missoula, grandson Timothy Wuori of Missoula, and great-grandson Tanner Glass of Missoula.

She is survived by her sons, Gary (Joanne) Hettick, Mark (Sari) Hettick of Missoula, Bob (Melinda) Hettick of Stevensville, Mont., Rick (Deb) Hettick of St. Regis, Mont., David (Lynn) Hettick of Seward, Alaska; daughter, Nancy (Jim) Tribble of Missoula; brother, Leroy Dosch of Missoula; sister, Carol Heath of Great Falls, Mont.; 20 grandchildren, Tom (Lynne) Hettick, Koli (Carlos) Morgan, Tim Hettick, Marley Hettick,  Matthew Hettick, Michael (Anne) Hettick, Andrew Hettick, Jackie (Mike) Hanneman, Lexi Hettick, Jaiden Hettick, Kyla Hettick, Amanda Martek, Tonya Meier, Brenton Meier, Joey Hettick, Catelynn Hettick, Nicole Hettick, Kristopher Hettick, Peter Hettick, and David Hettick; 13 great-grandchildren, Brittany Hettick, Daniel Hettick, Issac Hall, Noah Morgan, Kayli Morgan, Centauri Hettick, Gracie Hettick, Riley Martek, Ayden Western, Alyce Western, Ender Western, Kaylynn Reed and Jordyn Bird; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends in Missoula and South Dakota.

The family thanks the Village Health Care Rehab department as well as Beehive Homes in Missoula for taking wonderful care of Dee in her last days. Special thanks to Dan from St. Anthony's Catholic Church for coming to see Dee every Sunday and give her communion.

A private family graveside service will take place and a celebration of Dee's life will take place at St. Anthony's Catholic Church this summer.

If desired, memorials may be made by donating to Hospice of Missoula in Dee's honor.


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