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Doris Holzworth 1919 ~ 2005 Doris H. Bell Holzworth, 86, much beloved mother, grandmother, great and great-great-grandmother, passed peacefully from this earthly life on August 8, 2005, of congestive heart failure, surrounded and comforted by family during her final days at home in Taylorsville, Utah. Doris was the fourth child born to Dudley and Elizabeth Bell on January 30, 1919, at a homestead near Brockway, Montana. Doris graduated from Dawson County High School in Glendive at age 16. She married Dick Holzworth on her 18th birthday in Terry, Montana. They began their family on a farm near Fallon, Montana, and then lived in Glendive and Miles City after starting Holzworth Construction Company. In 1955-57, the family re-located to Salt Lake City, where the company built a section of I-80. The family returned to Miles City, and then moved to Missoula and Helena to be closer to jobs on the Trans-Canada Highway. In Helena, Doris worked at McDonalds in yard goods until the store closed in 1979. Before retiring in 1974, she worked for USWEST in Helena and Midvale, Utah. She lived in Helena again until the death of her husband, Dick in 1993. For the last 12 years, she has lived in Taylorsville, Utah sharing the home of her daughter Donna Hoffman, her primary care giver following a stroke in 2000. All of her children were inspired and guided by her gentle compassion, always there to listen and understand, never judgmental. Doris was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Helena, Mountain Vista United Methodist Church in West Jordan, an active volunteer in church and hospital services and a member of the Order of Eastern Star. She loved to sing hymns and she loved to dance, especially with her favorite partner, her husband of 56 years. She said recently that she had asked Dick to come and get her but he had not yet asked her to dance again. Now he has asked her, and she has gone dancing again with her children's prayers and best wishes. Her father, mother, infant son Duane, husband Dick, brothers Kenneth and Gerald Bell and her sister Lucille Christie, preceded Doris in death. She is survived by children Terry and wife Perry lee, West Jordan, Utah; Virginia Watts of Taylorsville, Utah; PJ Martin of Ceres, California; Donna Hoffman of Taylorsville, Utah; and David and wife Roslyn Maser of Washington, D.C., 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A memorial service will be held at the Mountain Vista United Methodist Church, 8931 S. 3200 W., in West Jordan, Utah 84088, Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the Mountain Vista Church Building Fund. Online condolences http://www.celebratinglife-ut.com