BUTTE – Dolores Salo March 30, 1928 – November 4, 2023, per Dolores’ request there will not be a service. But if there was, the Eulogy would read like this:
FAITH. HOPE. LOVE
FAITH: Dolores Kabalin Salo was baptized in the Catholic faith 95 + years ago by her mother, Alexandria (Alice) Segulia and her father, Nick Kabalin. Her Catholic faith sustained her in the good times: her marriage to Rodney and the birth of her four children, among many. It helped her through the challenges: the loss of her mother at age 13, the loss of her husband and her second grandchild Kurtis, among many.
She had faith that Scott would survive a serious car collision and she really had to have faith when she left her three oldest (ages 13, 11 and 10) to fend for themselves when Scott was in Missoula that she would find them alive and the house in tact when she returned. Today, someone would be calling CPS.
She became an alter girl for Father Burke at St. James chapel at age 82.
She had faith that if she walked in the path of the Lord she would enjoy the promise of eternal life.
HOPE: She hoped her friends would call to announce their next outing or trip. The lovely group of women went everywhere- they squeezed into Carlin’s tiny car in New York City, went to the men’s Final Four, the Kentucky Derby, to many Elderhostel’s in a variety of locations from coast to coast, and Europe.
She hoped she would get to see her grandkids grow up and perhaps have kids of their own. She attended as many of their activities as she could although she did regret not spending more time with them when they were little.
She hoped to play another game of bridge with her friend Lucy, or ski at Double Arrow, or get together with her Beta Sigma Phi ladies.
She was a pioneer in her work world, a court reporter who actually used shorthand and a typewriter to transcribe her proceedings, always hoping she would get it right so she wouldn’t have to start the page over.
LOVE: She loved her mom and dad with all her heart. She loved her sister Darlene even though she died before Dolores was born. She loved her aunt Jill and her gram, Bubba, who helped raise her.
She loved Rodney, who coincidentally lost his dad at age 13. A force brought them together and they were quite the pair.
She loved her four nearly perfect children (at least in her eyes) Nikki, Greg, Lori and Scott unconditionally. And equally! She had their backs without question. And they loved her unconditionally.
Spouses (Don, Deby, Mike, Sheri) became like her own. She never sent an anniversary card as she was waiting for those marriages to last but we fooled her as we have 178 years of marriage combined.
Her two special cousins, Dannette and John were also loved beyond measure.
And she loved her grandkids (Jeff, Steven, Marissa, Melissa, Traci, Cole, Conor, and her beloved Kurtis (who will now get all her attention in Heaven). Their spouses (Marci, Mike, Tony, Nicole, and Kaylee) And her littles- oh my! How she loved those great grand babies (Brooklyn, Gavin, Rye, Addie, Alex, Joe, Charlie, Ella, Cade, Clay, Cason and Sophia). Even though her dementia took over her mind, she did her best to show them her love.
She loved the third of July; having fireworks watch party every year until she turned 90.
She loved the Butte Food Bank.
She lived her life with love for all of you, however your paths may have crossed. So, she would love it if you would go golfing, play bridge, travel, or hug your littles. Just don’t be sad.
Her family loves Enhabit and Honey Bee Hospices, the staff at the Bee Hive and especially Dr. Yates. A private burial has taken place; a celebration of her incredible life will be held later.