The Billings Outpost

Zelma Jo Doran Dige

Zelma Jo Doran Dige, 81, of Billings, who farmed with her husband in Sidney for many years, died June 3, 2012, of pancreatic cancer.

She was born Nov. 19, 1930, at Sioux Pass to Raymond and Meurice Doran. At age 15 she was baptized at Lonsdale Methodist Church in Sidney. She graduated from Sidney Senior High School in 1949 and then passed the Merit System examination to qualify for employment as a stenographer for the Department of Public Welfare.

On Feb. 14, 1951, she married Albert Dige at Lonsdale Methodist Church in Sidney, and they lived on his farm south of town. She then became a member of Pella Lutheran Church, where she was a member of the choir, taught Sunday school, directed children’s choirs and attended church circle. She worked part-time at several businesses in Sidney.

In 1988, Mr. and Mrs. Dige purchased a home in Billings, where they later retired. They became members of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.

She and her husband enjoyed square dancing and round dancing, and she danced for many years with a clogging group.

After Mr. Dige died in 2010, she moved to a villa on Bonaventure Drive.

Survivors include sons, Bryan Dige of Scottsdale and Kirk Dige of Big Sky; daughters, Marlene Halim of Jakarta and Jeanne Nottingham of Missoula; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. June 23 at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd with a reception to follow. Burial of ashes will be in Sidney.

Memorials may be made to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W., Billings, MT 59102.



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