Doris Jean Baxendale


(May 28, 2004)

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 1 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lovell for Doris Jean Baxendale, who died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Friday, May 28 after a lengthy battle with respiratory failure. She was 73.

She was born Aug. 28, 1930, to Adolf Doerr and Frieda (Lohrenz) Doerr in Lovell. She was raised on a farm east of Lovell, attended Lovell schools and graduated from Lovell High School in 1948. She then attended Billings Business College.

On Oct. 22, 1950, she married Gerald Dean Baxendale in Lovell. To this union were born six children. She enjoyed staying home and raising her children. Her interests included decorating her home, creating flower gardens and maintaining family traditions. She spent many years as a volunteer "Flower Lady," beautifying Lovell's Main Street. She was honored by the chamber of commerce as "Citizen of the Year," and also as Grand Marshall for the Rose Parade in 1999. She was also a volunteer for the Care Center, decorating the dining rooms. She was a lifelong member of St. John's Episcopal Church.

Survivors include her husband, Gerald of Lovell; sons Scott (Pat) Baxendale, Brad (Tami) Baxendale and children Pete, Kasi and Kade, Neil Baxendale (Jodi) and children Morgan, McKay and Mandi, all of Lovell, and son Todd (Robin) Baxendale and children Kristine and Maddison of Ft. Worth, Texas; daughter Julie (Vance) Fisher and children Spencer (Jana) and Austin of Worden, Mont.; one brother, two sisters and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Donald.