Doreen Welborn


(March 14, 1926 - May 2, 2011)

Doreen Welborn died Monday, May 2, 2011 at the Powell Valley Care Center. She was 85.

Doreen was born to Emil Albert and Ottlie Marie (Bulgrein) Miller on March 14, 1926 in Hot Springs, S.D. Upon graduating from high school, she manned a fire outlook tower in the Black Hills of South Dakota for a summer job. She was the first woman to have such a position.

She went on to nurses training at St. Luke’s in Denver. She completed her training at Battle Mountain Veteran’s Hospital in Hot Springs.

Doreen moved to Casper, where she met Howard Welborn, and they were married Nov. 26, 1952. To this union, two children were born, Patricia Ann and Michael Eugene.

Over the years, Doreen worked as an office nurse and bookkeeper. Upon retiring and moving to Powell in 1981, she worked in various doctors’ offices. She loved her kids, grandkids, bowling, growing roses and fishing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, in 1988.

Survivors include her children, Patricia (Nick) Kerwin of Powell and Michael (Charmaine) Welborn of Lafayette, La.; grandchildren James Kerwin of Powell, Travis Kerwin of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Christina Welborn of Lafayette, Justin Welborn of Baton Rouge, La., Philip Welborn of Houston, Texas; and five great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place. Services were held at Thompson Funeral Home on May 4. Memorial donations in Doreen’s name may be made to the Powell Senior Center or the Special Olympics or a charity of your choice.

Thompson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.