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Doris Franzen

Doris Bertha (Johnston) Franzen, 87, of Glasgow died Jan. 6, 2024, at Valley View Nursing Home.

She was born in Middle River Village, Minn., on July 15, 1936, to Clifford Jerome Johnston and Ida Elizabeth (Anderson) Johnston. She was the oldest of 10 children.

The family moved to Flaxville in 1938. From there, they moved to Poplar for a short time before moving to the Fort Peck Dam project. In 1942, the family moved to Glasgow when she started school. In 1944, the growing family moved to Opheim where Doris’ Uncle Red had purchased a farm northwest of Opheim. In 1948, the family made the permanent move back to Glasgow.

She graduated from Glasgow High School in 1954 and married Albert George Franzen July 1, 1954. Eight children were born to this marriage of 65 years.

Once all the children went to school, shes started in the workforce with the Glasgow Police Department where she worked for 25 years. She spent many years volunteering in the community with Friends of the Pioneer Museum, research and publication of Footprints in the Valley, the Heritage Wall project and the annual mass mailing to raise funds for the museum.

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