Barbara "Barb" Dutton

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June 4, 1953 ~ February 13, 2011

Barbara Lange Dutton, 57, died peacefully at home in Butte, MT with family present on Feb. 13, 2011. Barb fought a courageous nine-month battle with ovarian cancer. She was born June 4, 1953 in Morton, WA to Norman and Mary Lange. She attended schools in Amboy and Battle Ground, WA, graduating from high school in 1971, where she received the "Betty Crocker Homemaker of the Year" award.
Barb's work career included Jantzen, White Stag, NERCO (vice president secretary) all in the Vancouver, WA area.
In 1995, Barb married her high school sweetheart, Denys "Denny" Dutton, after reconnecting at their 20th class reunion.
Residing in Vancouver for another four years, Barb worked as a paralegal for attorney Dan Marsh and ran an antique store on Broadway in Vancouver.
Falling in love with the "Big Sky" country, the Duttons moved to Butte in 1999. Barb went to work for Jo Ann's Fabric for several years before returning back to her law training as a legal secretary for Bob McCarthy Law Office. Her final job was in the legal department of the Town Pump Main Office in Butte.
The many hobbies and loves that Barb created included beautiful quilts, drawings, paintings, restored furniture, retro-styled lamp shades and though never finished, a novel. Hiking, camping, history, music, cats, dogs and people were her favorite pastimes.
Moving to Butte gave the Duttons two craftsman homes to restore to their former beauty and together they also restored a vintage 1956 Alhoa camp trailer that provided many wonderful camping trips.
Barbara was past president of the Butte Friends and Newcomers Club, member of the Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization, backstage coordinator for the National Folk Festival, helped found Old Butte Historical Adventures and worked as a volunteer for the Museum of Fine Arts Butte. She was honored in the 2010 Christmas Stroll as co-marshal for the parade.
Barb is survived by her husband, Denys Dutton of Butte; mother, Mary Anderson and step-father, Reinold Anderson of Vancouver; sister, Karen Lange of Ridgefield, WA; brother, Erick Lange of Bozeman, MT; and nieces, Christine and Anna Lange of Bozeman.
She was preceded in death by her father, Norman Lange in 1994.
Join us for a celebration of Barb's life on Sun., Feb. 27, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Vancouver Red Lion Inn at the Quay in the Quayside Portside Room.
Memorials in honor of Barb may be made to the Highland Hospice, 3703 Harrison Ave., Butte, MT 59701.
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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 20, 2011
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