Dorothy May Hargens (Hallsted) Waldron


At her request, no services were held for Dorothy May Hargens (Hallsted) Waldron of Chadron, Nebraska.

Dorothy May was born August 23, 1927, in her paternal grandfather’s house in Hot Springs, SD, and passed away on January 25, 2020, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff.

Dorothy was the second child of Holland Gamet Hargens and Blanche Chaulk Hargens. Following her parents’ divorce in 1937, she lived mostly with her mother and attended school in South Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wyoming.

In 1944, she married Arthur F Roberts at Cheyenne, Wy, and a son, Dennis, was born at Fort F.E. Warren – now F.E. Warren Air Force Base – in 1945.

After Dorothy and Arthur separated, Dennis was adopted and grew up in Fort Worth, Tx, as Donald M. Harrison, but he rejoined his mother’s family in 1980.

Dorothy married Andrew James “Jim” Hallsted of Chadron, in 1947 and spent the next 47 years working with him in farming and ranching as they raised three children: David, Neil, and Cecelia.

Dorothy began attending Chadron State College in 1975 and received her BA in Social Work in 1978. She then became Social Services Director at a local nursing care center until her retirement in 1989.

In addition to the time she devoted to family and education, Dorothy served on a local election board, was active in an extension club, and was a long-time member of Mensa International.

She enjoyed reading, sewing, travel, and working with her large collection of antique buttons, but also devoted much time to creating and organizing several family histories.

Jim Halstead passed away in 1995 after several years of increasing disability. Later that year, Dorothy married Jim’s good friend William Waldron of Alliance, Nebraska, but the couple chose to reside at her home south of Chadron while spending much time enjoying traveling. William passed away in 2005.

Shortly after Dorothy’s death, in February, her brother, Holland Hargens of Portland, Or, passed away.

Dorothy Hargens (Hallsted) Waldron is survived by her children Donald Harrison and Ceilia Ray, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brother Kenneth Hargens of Rapid City, SD, and sister Donna Sires of Hermosa, SD.