Lois (Doosy) Preucil Habbe, 92, of Missoula, passed away on Tuesday evening October 4, 2022, at Saint Patrick hospital.
She was born on June 20, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois to Lois and George Preucil. She grew up in the Chicago area and was an avid tennis player, being highly ranked in the Chicago area. She attended Denison University, where she met her future husband.
On December 27, 1953, she married Donald Habbe in Oak Park, Illinois. Their married life took them to many locations prior to settling in Missoula in 1977.
As a long time educator, Doosy spent the majority of her years teaching art. She loved to think outside of the box and could often be seen scouring refuse piles looking for items for her art projects. She finished her teaching career with the Missoula school district.
Doosy cared deeply for the Arts and was a supporter of the Missoula Art Museum, Missoula Symphony, and the University of Montana. She also spent extensive time supporting “A Carrousel for Missoula”. She spent hours painting several of the horses. She loved attending Grizzly football and basketball games. Other interests included her book club and walking with her friends. “Soup night at Ann’s house” was a favorite.
Doosy lived a full life. She especially loved sailing with her husband Don on Flathead Lake on “Wild Goose”. They also traveled extensively including destinations to Maui, Egypt, and Jordan. Always adventuresome, she celebrated her 72nd birthday by skydiving. Gardening was a passion. Doosy’s home was always teeming with an assortment of beautiful flowers and plants. A diehard Cubs fan, her dream of a World Series championship was finally realized in 2016.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald, and her grandson, Thomas. Survivors include her brother Alan (Barbara) Elmira, New York; children Donald (Brenda) Rapid City, SD; Peter (Suzie) and Susan, Missoula; and Thomas (Marcy) Rapid City, SD. Grandchildren include Ben (Megan), Breanna (Nate), Eric (Carleigh), Colee, Sarah (Matt), Ty, Matt (Rayna), Cailyn, Michael, and Joey. Great grandchildren Elliott, Emery, Ivy, and Frank. Last, but not least, is her beloved Bernadoodle, Stewart.
Doosy had a big heart. She was always centered on her family. She loved her husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many dogs.
She will be greatly missed.
“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in one pretty piece, but to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out and defiantly shouting ‘Geronimo’!!!”