NLJ Staff


April 22, 1924– Jan. 25, 2020

Dorothy Walker Brown, 95, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 25, 2020, while doing a crossword puzzle in her recliner at home that evening.

Dorothy was the second child of nine children born to James Louis Miller (Blackie) and Mary Morse of the St. Louis, Mo., area. James and Mary homesteaded several miles out of Lusk, Wyo., and Mary moved herself and the kids to Lusk after Blackie died.

Dorothy was born in Hardin, Mont., on April 22, 1924, when her very pregnant mother was visiting her husband at a job away from home. 

Dorothy served in World War II with the Army Air Corps. She was stationed n Hawaii after Pearl Harbor and worked as a “Follow Me Girl,” leading planes to be parked. After the service she worked in the nursing field and married Clarence L. Baker (Dutch) of Lusk, Wyo. They had one son.

Dorothy always stayed very busy. For a while she owned a beauty salon in Trona, Calif. When she moved back to Newcastle she was involved in Gray Ladies, Odd Fellows, Rebekahs, Civil Air Patrol as a pilot, VFW, Bell Ringers and the Democratic voter’s booth, along with the Bird Cage theater group as one of the directors. Her favorite direction to them was “No backs, no butts!”

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, James and Mary Miller; her brothers, Navy Commander Charles Miller, Navy Chief Harry Miller, Paul Miller, and Bill Miller; and sisters Eleanor Miller, Mary Miller Spencer, and Betty Miller Samettes.

She was also preceded in death by three husbands, Clarence L. (Dutch) Baker, George S. Walker, and Lester G. Brown. She was known as Gram or Dorothy Walker or Dorothy Walker Brown.

Dorothy is survived by her son, Clarence L. Baker (Nub) and wife Kathleen of Newcastle; her grandchild, Jennifer Baker Smith; great-grandchildren, Ashley Knapp, Josh Smith, Katie Smith Tonderom, Ben Smith, Amanda Smith, and Nathan Smith; and great-great-grandchildren, Liam Marguess and Lacey Knapp.

She has one living sister, Fern Miller Bailey.

She is also survived by her foster daughter, Dana Tetrick and her husband Ron; grandchildren, Patrick and Heidi Heberling, Dalynn P. Heberling, and Michael and Mary Heberling; great-grandchildren, Jacob A. Heberling, Seth A. Heberling and Joey A. Heberling; as well as granddaughter Mamie and Ed Sconiers; and close friends Florence and Jack Dempsey and Jason Froseth.

Her funeral will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Newcastle on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow the service at Greenwood Cemetery in Newcastle with military honors. A reception will then take place at the VFW hall.


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