Dodie Turner Melton

  • Birth 18 Apr 1918 Melrose, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
  • Death 3 Nov 2007 Dillon, Beaverhead County, Montana, USA
  • Burial Dillon, Beaverhead County, Montana, USA
  • Memorial ID 22695104

Dodie (Turner) (Davis) Melton, 89, died Saturday evening, Nov. 3, 2007, in Barrett Memorial Hospital, of natural causes.

Dodie was born April 18, 1918, in Melrose, to Daniel and Margaret (White) Turner. She was named Veona Vendon by her aunt, Minnie, who got the name from a novel she had read. Her father nicknamed her Dodie and it stuck with her for the rest of her life.

In 1929, the Turner family moved to Millpoint, and in 1930, they moved again - this time to Bannack. Dodie went to school in Millpoint and in Bannack. On Nov. 29, 1934, she married Ralph Davis. They lived in Bannack, where Ralph worked at the mill. They later moved to Dillon, where she and Ralph raised their family of three children.

Ralph died in 1965. She married Robert Melton in 1968 and they lived in northern Arizona and southern California. They later divorced, at which time she moved to Utah to be near her youngest son, and then decided to go home to Dillon. She remained in Dillon at the Brookside Apartments until May of this year when her health failed and she moved to the Renaissance Assisted Living facility. She has been in and out of the hospital since that time as her health continued to decline.

Dodie leaves behind three children - sons, James and wife, Lorraine, of Phoenix, Charles and wife, Sandra, of Boise, Idaho; daughter, Irene Wolfe, of Nampa, Idaho; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister-in-law, Phyllis Burwell of Dillon; several nieces and nephews; and special niece, Ruth Anderson of Dillon, who helped care for her the last few years.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Ralph; mother and father; and 12 brothers and sisters. She was the last surviving member of her generation of Turners.

Dodie loved to dance, loved participating in the Red Hat Society meetings (she made some spectacular hats), and was very involved in crafts. She had a personality that kept you guessing and she made lots of friends as she journeyed through life. She always had an answer.

She will be missed.

Cremation has taken place. Memorials can be made to Barrett Hospital Guardian Angel Foundation, 90 Highway 91, Dillon, MT 59725. Graveside services will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in Mountain View Cemetery.

Express condolences at www.brundagefuneral-home.com and www.mtstandard.com/obits.

Published in The Montana Standard on 11/6/2007.


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  • Maintained by: Sherry
  • Originally Created by: A Marine Daughter
  • Added: 6 Nov 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22695104
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dodie Turner Melton (18 Apr 1918–3 Nov 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22695104, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Dillon, Beaverhead County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Sherry (contributor 47008797) .