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Dorothy "Dode" Sivright

Dorothy "Dode" Sivright
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Dorothy “Dode” Sivright, age 90, passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 2, 2011, at her home in Bigfork, Montana.

Dode was born January 23, 1921, to Edward and Edith Manuel in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The family moved to George, Iowa, where she lived until she attended Coe College and graduated with an English major. While attending Coe College she was captain of the rifle team and was an All-State basketball player. After graduation she moved to Iowa City, Iowa, where she taught school and met and married Donald F. Mirick, MD. They settled in Clinton, Iowa and had four children. Dr. Mirick was killed in a car accident in 1968.

In 1970 she married David H. Sivright, Sr. in Aspen, Colorado. They moved to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in November 1974, where they formed Coors Western Slope. They lived there until 1986 when they moved to Indian Wells, California. They also purchased a home in Bigfork, Montana, and would winter in California and summer in Montana. They have been full time residents of Bigfork, Montana, since 2008.



Dode stayed active by playing golf, tennis, bridge, snow and water skiing, hunting and fishing. She was a lifetime member of PEO. She was also a contributor to numerous activities and charities in the Bigfork area including the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts, various veterans organizations, police and fire departments, and the Boy and Girl Scouts Councils. She will always be remembered for her generosity, love of her family, her unique gift for being a gracious host, and for her moral fabric.

Survivors include her husband David, six children: Mary Fleming (Jim) Mesa, AZ, Mr. Mark Mirick, Wausau, WI, Erik Mirick, Glenwood Springs, CO, Ann Kempton (Kurt) Mesa, AZ, Davis Sivright, Jr. (Kathleen) Clinton, IA, Peter Sivright, Australia, thirteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.



A memorial service was held on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home in Kalispell, Montana. In lieu of flowers and cards, the family requests you send a donation to any veterans’ charity.


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