Bom-Wrapper

Dorothy Karns

Dorothy "Dot" Karns

Friday, May 31st, 2019
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Dorothy Karns, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook

OR

Or sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family of Dorothy Karns with a meaningful gesture of sympathy.

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question / comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Send Flowers
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist

Obituary

Dorothy “Dot” Karns, of Missoula, passed away on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Community Medical Center.
She was born in Rahway, New Jersey on November 1, 1936 to Dudley and Pauline Tompkins. She attended Rahway Public Schools and met her future husband at Sunday School. After graduating high school, Dot married William “Bill” Karns on September 15, 1956. The couple lived with their four children in Rahway until 1972 when they packed their family into a converted painted school bus and moved to Montana. They lived in Trout Creek and Missoula, before settling down to call the community of Florence home. Dot, along with her husband Bill, hosted weekly softball games, and neighborhood events that brought friends and neighbors together, creating lifelong friendships in the process.

After her husband Bill’s death in 1988, she moved to Missoula where she became a non-traditional student at the University of Montana, worked at the Book Exchange, and became very involved in her church, especially with the ministry of the Walk to Emmaus. Dot became known as the “Pie Lady” because each summer she baked 175 pies for the church to sell at the Western Montana Fair as a fundraiser.

Dot was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her four children, Christine Patton of Lolo, Karin (Garth) Flint of Missoula, Shirley “Charli” (Conley) Crawford of Carrollton, Texas and Alan (Tami) Karns of Havre, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and a very special sister-in-law and life-long friend, Carolyn Tompkins of Missoula. Dot will be greatly missed by her family, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews and her many friends.

A celebration of Dot’s life will be held Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Garden City Church on Higgins Avenue in Missoula at 11:00 AM.
Read Less

To send flowers in memory of Dorothy "Dot" Karns, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Garden City Church
    Address
    1100 S Higgins Avenue
    MISSOULA, MT 59801
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

Condolences

We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Dorothy here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

Private Condolence
Flowers
Provide comfort for the family of Dorothy "Dot" Karns by sending flowers.
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist
Loading...

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Share by: