From Helena (MT) Independent Record 7/2/2004:
"Gertie" the ‘hamburger queen' was born June 1, 1914, here in Helena to the late Robert C. and Mabel (Bompart) Dorner. In her 20s she was the potato picker champion of the Helena Valley. In 1947 she was head waitress and manager of Gamers Drive In. In 1953, she opened and operated Gertie's Drive-In, which was famous for "The Gertie Burger." After she sold the drive-in she worked for Corrs Café, Jorgenson's Holiday Inn and Duffy's Night Owl.
Gertie lived and loved life to the fullest. She enjoyed music and dancing, especially the jazz festivals in the Helena and Great Falls area.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Eugene Richeson and wife, Marlene, of White Sulphur Springs, and James Richard Richeson and wife, Pixie, of Camano Island, Wash. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Gertie was preceded in death by her brothers, Bob Dorner and Jack Dorner, and one sister, Florence Liedle.
Robert Emil Richeson
1912–2009 (m. 1931)
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