Dorothy Swandal LaRango


Dorothy Swandal LaRango


Dorothy Swandal LaRango died with her family at her side on March 6, 2019, at the age of 96.

She was born on Oct. 16, 1922, in Wilsall, to John and Lola Mae Swandal. She grew up in the Shields Valley on a ranch with her four siblings and a tight-knit extended family of uncles, aunts, and cousins. Growing up on the ranch instilled independence, a strong work ethic, pride in her Norwegian heritage, and prioritizing family and fun.

Dorothy met the love of her life, Joseph LaRango, at the Wilsall Prom in 1942. They married on Feb. 19, 1944, and began their life together until his death in June of 1984. Dorothy was the pillar of support for her husband and her children: Craig (Helen), Guy (Randa), Laurie Paris (Lynn) and Lani Cathey (Pat). She was a loving grandma to Robyn McCabe (Donald), Jason LaRango, Riley Paris (Krissy), Conor and Megan Cathey. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Taylor, Brassar, Makayla and Adalynn. Addie was the joy of her life for the last two and a half years. She is also survived by special step-grandchildren Nathan (Amy), Nicole (Mike), Jazer, Aleah, Chance, Dylan and Molly. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her siblings and a daughter.

Dorothy was an inspiring lady in countless ways and an example of being there for family and friends through thick and thin. She was always ready to welcome you into her immaculate home with homemade cookies in the cupboard. Dorothy kept her elegance and independence throughout her aging years, all while keeping her hair perfectly coiffed. With her lipstick and a mission, she was unstoppable.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 N. 24th St. West, Billings. A reception at the church will follow.

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4 thoughts on “Dorothy Swandal LaRango”

  1. Dear Laurie, Lynn, Riley and Family❤️. Our hearts are broken with the loss of Dorothy and yet we celebrate a life of grace, love and memories of such a beautiful gentle woman who touched so many people with her smile and kindness. We are praying for each of you and lifting you all in love as you celebrate your mom, grandma, gt grandma and friend❤️
    Love, GC and Susan Carlson

  2. Craig, Guy, Laurie, Lani, Thoughts and prayers to you and your families for the loss of Aunt Dorothy.

  3. Lani, Laurie, Craig and Guy,

    Your mom was awesome. She was so kind, even to a 5 year old coming over to ask for a cookie. 😘

    My heart is sad. But I know heaven is a better place today with her there.


    Russ Fagg

  4. Dale & Carole Makin

    Your Mother was such a wonderful person. So warm and welcoming.
    Dale and I are honored to have met her. Praying for friends to comfort you, faith to uphold you, and loving memories to help you smile again.
    Dale & Carole Makin

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