Clausen, Dorothy Helen (Isaac) (February 2, 1929 - July 18, 2002)

Dorothy Helen Clausen

Douglas Budget - July 24, 2002

Funeral services for Dorothy Helen Clausen, 82, were held Monday at First Baptist Church in Douglas with Pastor Bill Sluder officiating and Roy Kilpatrick as eulogist.

Interment was in Douglas Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Clausen died July 18 at Michael Manor in Douglas.

She was born Feb. 2, 1929, the first child of Wyoming pioneers Helen (Woodruff) and Fred Isaac. She was raised on the family ranch south of Douglas and lived and worked there for the remainder of her life.

Her early education was in a log school house that still stands on the family ranch. She graduated from Douglas High School as salutatorian for the class of 1938. She attended Colorado Women's College in Denver and graduated with a teaching certificate. Mrs. Clausen taught for nine years in rural Converse County schools.

She married James Clausen on Jan. 9, 1947, in Cheyenne. To this union two sons, Fred and Robert, were born.

She was a devoted Christian and instrumental in planting several churches in Douglas, including Calvary Baptist Church, Douglas Baptist Church, First Southern Baptist and Trinity Baptist Church. She came from a long line of church planters. Her grandfather and great-grandfather Woodruff were ministers and missionaries and started churches in rural Ohio and Iowa. She taught Sunday school at every age and was a knowledgeable Bible scholar. She worked to start Pioneer Girls and Gas in some of the churches she attended and influenced the lives of many young girls.

She was a 54-year member of the LaBonte Homemakers and had perfect attendance for 45 years. Mrs. Clausen was also a Queley Award winner and a member of the Converse County Retired Teacher's Association, Converse County Cowbelles and Colorado Women's College Alumni Association.

Mrs. Clausen was a devoted mother to her two sons and cared for many neighbor children, her Sunday school students, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She believed in taking care of others and was known far and wide as an excellent cook. She considered it a personal insult if anyone came to her home and left without eating a meal.

Mrs. Clausen was an accomplished horsewoman and continued to sit a saddle into her eighth decade. She was a devoted stockman and rancher and managed the family ranch for many years after her father's death, often single-handedly, then beside her husband. She took great pride in maintaining the ranch and keeping it in the family despite overwhelming adversity.

She worked at the Wyoming State Fair for 43 years and in the kitchen at Douglas Livestock Exchange for 20 years. She cooked for Boys State for many years. She considered these to be her vacations and days off and looked forward to them. She grew a large garden and put up its bounty every years of her marriage.

Her accomplishments were many, but she was a private and humble woman who was embarrassed by praise or recognition. Quiet and soft-spoken, she was nonetheless opinionated and believed in simple right and wrong. She hated housework, interruptions in her work, waste and people who couldn't get along. She disliked conflict and changed churches several times in her life because she was so hurt by Christians who couldn't find peace with each other.

Her greatest loves were her God, her church, her husband, the ranch, her sons and grandchildren and her garden and flowers. Some of the highlights of her life were her education, teaching, her sons, working with her husband, her five grandchildren and two step-grandsons. She loved to visit but didn't like to talk about herself so few people were intuitive enough to know the intelligent and capable woman she was.

Her parents and two step-grandsons, John and Michael Davies, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, James of the family ranch, sons Fred and his wife Sharon of Greeley and Robert and his wife Kellie of Douglas; grandchildren Chris Bellinger of Clyde, N.Y., Anita Clausen of Denver, Aaron Clausen of the family ranch, AuBrie Clausen of Cheyenne and Aiden Clausen of Douglas; step-grandsons, Don Clausen of Crawford, Neb., and Chuck Davies of Greeley; great-granddaughter Elizabeth Bellinger of Clyde; brother John Isaac and his wife Ginger of Austin; dear friend and sister-in-law Esther Schnoor of Casper; and numerous nieces and nephews.

When her father died in 1935, it was printed in his obituary that the community had lost a fine citizen, the likes of which would not be known again in this century. It could easily be said of Dorothy Helen Isaac Clausen that the community has lost a fine woman, an example to all people of love and fellowship and a devoted Christian, the likes of which will not be known again in this century.

Pallbearers were Jim Brow, Dennis Daly, Dave Rodeman, Tim Weber, Phil Bruner and Leonard Holler.

Memorials to the Ranchers' Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of Converse County Bank, P.O. Box 689, Douglas, would be appreciated by the family.

Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas was in charge of the arrangements.

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