Doris E. Talley

Doris E. Talley, 84 of Butte MT, and formerly of Beulah and Spearfish, passed away on July 25, 2013 at her home.
Doris E. (Capp) Talley was born October 5, 1928, the 9th of 10 children born to Mathias and Anna Capp. She was born on the family ranch near Faith, SD. Her strong character and independent nature was apparent even during her childhood and she loved to tell of herding sheep from a sheep wagon with nothing but her dog and a horse for company, swimming horses in the local dams and learning to drive her older brothers’ Model T cars. She lived in Faith during the school year to attend high school and work part time at the local hotel until her graduation in 1946. She loved to dance and during this time met Harvey Talley at one of the local Saturday night dances. It was the beginning of a lifelong romance interrupted briefly by World War II with Harvey serving in the European- theater and Doris getting her Elementary Teaching certificate from Black Hills State Teacher’s College in Spearfish SD. They were married May 3, 1947 in Sturgis, SD and started out their marriage living in a sheep wagon on the Talley Family Ranch at Opal, SD. Over the next several years, Doris taught rural school until 1951 when they bought a ranch in Red Canyon south of Beulah, Wyoming. They spent the next 49 years “in the canyon” where they raised four children, Pat, Peggy, Charlotte and Dick as well as serving as “a home away from home” for numerous other kids. Doris always had a large garden and was a very accomplished seamstress, sewing all of her 3 daughters’ prom formals and wedding dresses. She and Harvey built their own home together which included a great room that rarely seated less than 20 people for Christmas dinner each year, complete with roast wild turkey and Tom and Jerry’s. They loved their years on the ranch and Sunday visitors usually were treated to a “ride up the creek” in the back of the truck to check the “springs and look at the cattle.” A strong lifelong advocate for children, Doris drove a 4-wheeled drive feeder bus from the ranch to Beulah for 24 years delivering school kids to the “big bus” which took them on to Sundance. She also worked several years as a part time postmistress at the Beulah Post Office. Doris and Harvey retired from the ranch in 1999 and move to Spearfish, SD; eventually moving to Sandstone Manor. In 2010, she moved to Marquis Suites in Butte, MT to be near her son and his family where she lived until her death.
Doris is survived by her four children and their families, Pat (Rob) Graham, Weatherford, TX, Peggy (Doug) Livingston, Newcastle, WY, Charlotte (Cris) Mellott, Spearfish, SD and Dick (Kim) Talley, Butte, MT.
Her 20 grandchildren and 6 great-grand children were her pride and joy: Clint and Abbie Connally and son, Nash; Matt and Jennifer Connally; Jamie Graham; Lindsey Graham; Leslie and Max Morris and daughters, Alyssa and Julie; Kaitlyn Livingston; Mitch and Erin Mellott; Levi and Shauna Mellott, daughter, Autumn and sons, Jesse and Reese; Krystal and Zach Steele; Wade Habeck, Savannah and Paisley; Marty and Trisha Habeck; Christina Talley; and Shane Talley.
Doris’s sisters Hazel Burge, Mae (Ken) Donnenwirth and brother Earl Capp survive her. She was preceded in death by her husband Harvey, parents and brothers Howard, LaVern, Charles, William, Donno and Harry Capp as well as numerous brother and sister-in-laws and many dear friends.
Visitation for Doris will be 5-7 PM, Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 AM, Friday, August 2, 2013 at the Spearfish United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Crematory Service of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at