Clare Doran

Friday, July 29, 2022
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Clare Doran, age 89, of Miles City passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at her home in Miles City surrounded by her family.

Clare was born in Miles City Montana, to Harriet and Ernie Wyttenhove. She was raised on her parents small farm in the Valley outside of Miles City. She attended grade school at Kircher, and graduated from Custer County District High School. Following her graduation, she attended MCC and got a teaching certificate. Her grandmother was the county superintendent and let mom know there was a need for a teacher at a country school near Miles City called Hartwick. That fall found mom teaching there where the community members were very hospitable and kind to her. It was at a country dance out there that she met Jack and the rest is history. They were married August 23rd, 1952.

Jack and Clare loved each other deeply and expressed their love for each other through many pecks and embraces over their 66 years of marriage. Clare was a dedicated wife and mother, raising their seven children as a stay-at-home mom on the family ranch, located in the northwest corner of Custer County. Breakfast and lunches on branding day were the talk of the neighborhood. A big hit was her caramel rolls. She loved to please family members by making their favorite desserts. Not only was she a great cook, but she was a good seamstress too. Sometimes making matching Easter dresses for her girls. She taught both her boys and girls how to cook and sew! Clare was an avid reader, especially loving mysteries.

Clare was involved in many clubs; The Daughters of the American Revolution, Southeastern Montana CowBells, as well as a longtime member of the Sacred Heart Parish, where she served in different roles. She was an election judge and with 7 children involved in 4-H she found herself also involved. Clare compiled a book about the residents on the north side of Custer County called “Memories from Montana’s Crow Rock Country.”

A few years ago she and Jack moved to a small home that Jack had built, in the same yard as the house she grew up in. Both her and Jack passed away in that home. Clare’s love and dedication to her family was reciprocated, over the years when numerous family members visited and cared for her. Clare was a committed prayer warrior, praying for her family and others daily, which will be among the many things about her that we will greatly miss!

She was preceded in death by her parents Harriet and Ernie Wyttenhove, her two sisters, Ferne Beck and Margie Schroeder, her beloved husband John (Jack) Doran, her granddaughter Jenny Martin, and great grand-daughter Hayley Martin. Also her mother and father in law, John and Frances Doran.

She is survived by her seven children; Dan (Jean) Doran, Jerry (Linda) Doran, Cheryl (Steve) Harris, Suzanne (Bruce) Brown, Kathryn (Greg) Pagans, Joseph (Andrea) Doran and William (Dawn) Doran. She is also survived by her 19 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

The family wants to especially thank Trish Holmes, who lovingly cared for mom over the past several years right up until she went into the arms of Jesus. We also thank the Hospice gals, Melissa, Holly, Kassidy, Kelly and Nicki who were so helpful in mom’s last months. Thanks also to Haley Roberts who loved mom well at the end.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, July 31, 2022 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. A Rosary and Vigil service will follow at 6:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, August 1, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Miles City. Rite of Committal will follow in the Calvary Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting:

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