Dorothy Lucille Stancliff

Friday, February 14, 2020
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Dorothy Lucille Stancliff, age 91, of rural Wibaux and formerly of Glendive, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 of natural causes.

Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and services will be held May 29, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Glendive Trap Club. The family asks that whatever COVID-19 recommendations are in place at that time should be followed by attendees.

Born March 15, 1929, she was the eldest child of Robert and Mildred Stubblefield in Bakersfield, Calif. Dorothy grew up helping her mother with housework, but loved helping her dad with the horses. She soon met and married Ray Stancliff in 1946, after he had returned from serving in WWII in the Pacific. While Ray worked the oilfields of southern California, Dorothy worked as a meat wrapper in the local grocery store. Ray and Dorothy had two daughters, Patricia in 1949, and Michelle in 1952.

Soon the oilfield life led them away from southern California - first to Alaska, and then to Michigan, and finally, in 1977, to Glendive. Ray and Dorothy traveled all over the place trapshooting. Thousands of miles were logged, hundreds of thousands of shells were reloaded, but nothing compared to the friends they made along the way. Dorothy became a very accomplished trapshooter, winning many state championships and fulfilling a lifelong dream of attending the Grand American. After Ray passed in 1990, Dorothy started taking her grandchildren with her, and once they were on their own, she and her daughter Pat would travel from shoot to shoot every weekend. In 2001 she was inducted into the Montana Trapshooting Hall of Fame.

During the winter months, Dorothy spent time with family, always ready to babysit her grandchildren and great-grandchildren or cooking for a holiday dinner. When the time came, Dorothy put her house up for sale in Glendive and moved into the country, settling next door to her daughter and son-in-law in rural Wibaux County. Her home, where ever she made it, was always filled with laughter, love, the smell of great food, teddy bears and every kitchen gadget ever invented. Grandma Dorothy never missed a birthday, holiday or anniversary. As the years crept on and she wasn’t able to travel, her grandchildren and now great-grandchildren always came home to see her. She adapted well to the technology of the time, all to make sure she was just a video chat away.

Dorothy’s family would like to thank the staff of the Golden Valley Manor, and Samaritas in Michigan for the excellent care and compassion they showed.

Dorothy is survived by her sister, Lois Hanson; daughter, Shelly and son-in-law George Kuck of Williamsburg, Mich.; son-in-law, Ray Banister of Wibaux; grandson, Devon Banister of Wibaux; granddaughter, Janet and Aaron Morgenstern of Seeley Lake, Mont. and their sons, Reece and Elliot; granddaughter, Jennifer and Brian Miller of Butte and their family; great-grandson, Lane Banister (Kelly Kasper); greatgranddaughter, Mackenzie and Jude Hintz and great-great grandson, Samuel; great-grandson, Zach Tysver and greatgreat-granddaughter, Elena Tysver; as well as many nieces and nephews and their families, and very special friend Linda Jones.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray; daughter, Pat Banister; her brother, Bob Stubblefield; and sister, Trudy Hylton.

If you wish to leave a memoriam, please donate to your local Shriner’s or VFW in her memory. Cards and condolences can be sent to Michelle and George Kuck, 6945 Lautner Road, Williamsburg, MI 49690.

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