Doris “Dodie” Kamp

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Doris “Dodie” Mae Ramsey Kamp, 91, went to heaven July 14, with family by her side to meet her Bud and those who went before her. Her journey in life began Feb. 7, 1927; she was born to Stella and Harry Ramsey, the fourth of five children, living at Beaver Creek west of Lewistown.

Several early memories stand out: she loved watching her parents dance at the community hall and then falling asleep on the bench, the neighbor boys walking their horses over Doris and her sisters as they lay on the ground, and the excitement of their first phone with the operator saying “number please.” Because of the depression, money was scarce, frivolities rare. An occasional matinee costing 5 cents was a treat, Flash Gordon being Doris’ favorite. Upon moving into Lewistown, their home had a large garden, outdoor privy, and a round tub in the kitchen for their baths, using water heated from the coal stove.

Doris graduated from Fergus High School, being active in choir and as a drum majorette. Her first jobs were at Barger Photo Shop and Kelly’s Music store. She volunteered at the Lewistown Creamery preparing eggs for shipment to the soldiers during the war.

On January 2, 1948 Doris married Frank “Bud” Kamp in Lewistown, a loving union of 65 years. They lived on the ranch of Bud’s grandparents, Peter E. and Marie Anderson, which Bud managed. Their first home was the bunkhouse with a two-burner hot plate and no running water. It was soon occupied by three, as first-born Vicki Lynn arrived. Gregory Lane was welcomed three years later. Bud and Dodie worked hard on the ranch, but found time to go dancing, enjoy the South Moccasin Community Club and congregate with family and friends. Upon moving to town, Dana Frank was born. Dodie assumed office duties at Bud’s Standard Oil bulk plant, and then worked for School District 2 in food service for 28 years.

Family being most important to Dodie, she always cherished her siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins and was very devoted to her and Bud’s parents. Her life was enriched by many hobbies and activities: archery, fast-pitch softball, camping, boating, water skiing, exercise, including teaching aerobics for many years, bridge club, ESA club, ceramics, and pottery. Since singing and dancing were favorites, she was extremely fond of South Moccasin Stunt Night and the Lewistown Follies. She loved reading to the kids at school, helped organize her class and Keep in Touch reunions and belonged

to Sons of Norway. Attending Zion Lutheran Church and singing in the choir were very important to Dodie. She and Bud were avid fans of their children’s and grandchildren’s activities as well as supporting many other athletic events at Fergus. Purple was her favorite color and the clouds always fascinated her. She loved her friends. And we’re sure she would be proud to say she was born, raised and passed in Central Montana.

Some of our favorite things about Mom:

Her love and devotion to family

Her hard work ethic

She knew how to have fun

Her desire to be physically active

Her knack for setting a beautiful holiday table with delicious food

Oh, and her pies. We were very lucky recipients, except the one that got away. Dodie put it on top of the car, drove off for her mom’s house, took a corner and away it went.

Doris is survived by her children, Vicki Balgua (Joe) of Billings, Greg (Derree) of Lewistown, and Dana of Odessa, Texas; grandchildren she adored, Lindy Balgua James, Jenny Balgua Holly, Melissa, Nick, and D.J. Kamp, and Derrick and Tyler Kamp; 10 great-grandchildren; niece, Judy (Martin) Koons of Spokane, Washington; and Ron Ramsey of Henderson, Nevada. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud; two sisters; two brothers; and her parents.

Heartfelt thanks to all the Valle Vista employees who cared for Mom. We are so very grateful to Hospice for your loving care and attention in helping her prepare to move on. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, CMMC Hospice, or the charity of one’s choice.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4, at Zion Lutheran Church. Inurnment will be at the Lewistown City Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Dodie’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com.

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