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Dorothy May Canen


A wonderful and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother Dorothy May (Young) Canen, 90, passed into glory on Thursday, March 31, 2016, and was reunited with the love of her life, Lloyd Canen.

She never cared to be in the spotlight, but was always faithful in the Assembly of God Church working with children, including her own. She will be looking at a lot of crowns in heaven for all the children's lives she has impacted through her dedication. Her greatest desire was to see all her family accept Christ into their lives and live for Him. She faithfully prayed for each and every one daily.

She was a stay-at-home wife and mother, truly a home administrator. She was her children's strongest supporter and was always there as a comforter. In order to send all of her children to church summer camp, she would take in ironing. She always welcomed her children's friends and there was never a dull moment, especially on the farm. She loved having children around.

Her life began Sept. 14, 1925, on the prairie near Forward, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was born to Delbert and Anna Young. She always liked to tell people how her dad had to hike to a fire station to record her birth, the second oldest of 10 children.

They moved many places, wherever her father could find work. She was often given the responsibility of taking care of her younger sisters. While her father was working on the dam, they had to run for their lives from the rising water when the dam broke. They ended up moving across the border to the U.S. and that is where Dorothy, as a 9-year-old, met the love of her life, Lloyd Canen, although not aware that she would marry him seven years down the road. They were reunited and married June 21, 1942.

They moved to California where Lloyd was stationed during World War II and there welcomed a daughter, Beverly, on Feb. 10, 1943, and a son, Leroy, on Jan. 27, 1945. They returned to the plains of Montana after Lloyd's discharge from the army. They lived in an old homestead house north of where Lloyd's family lived. While there, she became known as a "rake-wielding rattlesnake killing machine," killing 13 snakes that summer. In the fall of 1946, they moved to Glasgow.

They lived in a few different places in and around Glasgow and welcomed a boy, Robert, on March 27, 1948. In 1950, they bought a house on the southside and there welcomed two sons, Roger on Sept. 29, 1955, and John on Dec. 3, 1957. In 1958, they bought some land west of Glasgow and built a house where they welcomed their last two children, May on May 1, 1960, and Diana on July 21, 1965. This is where she lived until her death.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Lloyd Canen; a son, Robert; twin great-grandsons, Andrew Dow and Daniel William Canen; six brothers, Ralph Young, twin brothers Britton and Louis Young, Raymond Young, William Young and Earl Young; and one sister, Myrtle Glaze.

Survivors include six children, Beverly Hancock and her husband, Kenny, of Fairmont City, Ill., Leroy Canen and his wife, Carolyn, of Hamilton, Mont., Roger Canen of Glasgow, John Canen and his wife, Gina, of Middletown, N.Y., May O'Hara and her husband, Tim, of Maytown, Wash., and Diana Canen of Glasgow; 12 grandchildren, Ron Hancock and Barbara Hancock of Granite City, Ill., Robert Canen of Glendive, Lisa Stanford of Darby, Mont., Shylah Bailey of Great Falls, Shane Smith of Columbia Falls, Parker Canen of Glasgow, Karl Canen of Hebron, N.D., Kurt Schultz of Great Falls, Sheila O'Hara of Long Beach, Calif., and Sean O'Hara and Sandra O'Hara of Maytown; 20 great-grandchildren, Cassee, Alyssa, Erica, Aaron, Alexander, Addie, Alden, Jennifer, Joe, Michael, Cheyann, LaBecce, Benjamin, Savanah, Adam, Makenna, Emily, Peyton, Kobe and Kennerly; six great-great- grandchildren, Kaira, Lillee, Jacob, George, Brayden and Mason; and two sisters, Margaret Jimison of Conrad and Jean Bucher of Wishram, Wash.

A visitation for Dorothy took place April 5, with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. at the Bell Mortuary in Glasgow. Services were held Wednesday, April 6, at 10 a.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Glasgow, followed by burial at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.


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