Obituary: Dorothy “Dottie” Elizabeth (Sweitzer) Meehan

December 6, 1925 - January 19, 2022
Dorothy “Dottie” Elizabeth (Sweitzer) Meehan
December 6, 1925 - January 19, 2022
Posted at 9:18 AM, Jan 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-22 11:21:09-05

Dorothy “Dottie” Elizabeth (Sweitzer) Meehan passed away January 19, 2022, she was 96 years old. Dottie was born in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania on December 6, 1925, to Frank and Agnes Sweitzer. She graduated Lock Haven High School in 1943.

In 1950, she spread her wings by attending McConnell Airline School in Minnesota to train as an airline stewardess. She was immediately hired by the fledgling Frontier Airlines in Denver, Colorado. Her flight schedule took her up and down the front range from New Mexico to Montana.

She met her future husband, Terry Meehan, the Frontier station manager from Alamosa, Colorado. They married on September 29, 1951, in Denver, where they began their family of five children.

She devoted herself to her family. She learned to camp, fly fish, and canoe in the great outdoors, which made for many memorable vacations. She was a Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, and a room mother for all the children.

After Terry traveled to Montana on business, they took a family vacation and eventually moved to Lewistown. Her artistic talent was highlighted in her many flower beds. She had an eye for decorating. She eventually opened her own gift shop, The Calico Trunk.

After her husband passed away, she moved to Fort Benton in 2006. Here she was active in the Chouteau County Performing Arts, and the Fort Benton Visitor’s Center. Her final move was to Great Falls in 2016.

To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the O'Connor Funeral Home website.