Dorothy “Dot” Marie Heiden Asay


Dorothy “Dot” Marie Heiden Asay passed away Sunday, Sept. 19, at the age of 92. She was surrounded by her children and grandchildren at The Lodge Rocky Mountain Care in Heber, Utah.

Dorothy was born on July 8, 1929, in Selfridge, North Dakota, to Herman Charles Heiden and Lillie Elizabeth Howden. She was the seventh child of Lillie and the 10th child of Herman. At 3 months old, the family moved to the Thermopolis area, where her dad worked on several different ranches. Later in her life, her family moved to Meeteetse, where she attended school and graduated as class president.

During her high school years, she met Wayne Asay, whom she fell in love with and Wayne became the love of her life. It all started with a ride to school and being asked to sit in the front seat. Shortly after meeting Wayne, she got a job at the YU Ranch, which so happened to be Wayne’s dads Ranch.

Their relationship grew, and they were married in Billings, Montana, on June 16, 1948. A short year later, Dorothy was baptized and converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on Dec. 15, 1949. Wayne and Dorothy were blessed with five children.

Dorothy loved the outdoors, gardening, flowers, oil painting, sewing, her family and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she held many positions including Sunday school teacher, secretary of Young Women, Laurel advisor, Primary teacher and Primary president, Relief Society teacher, Relief Society president, stake Relief Society president and Bishop’s wife. She was also a stake missionary for two years, served one full-time mission in Calhan, Colorado, with Wayne Asay for one year, was a temple ordinance worker for two years in Ogden, Utah, as well as a baptism coordinator.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Wayne Asay; sons, Harris (Marion) Asay, Bernard (Kathy) Asay and Brad (Audrey) Asay; daughter, Cristi (Scott) Sidwell; and son-in-law, Gene Hutchinson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Lillie Heiden; daughter, Bonnie Hutchinson; sister, Jane Olds; brothers, Bob, Gordon, Lester, Bernard, Earnie and Heiden; and dog, Skipper.

The funeral for Dorothy Asay will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 721 W. Cheyenne Dr., Evanston.

A viewing was held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23. A viewing will be held on Friday at the church from noon to 12:45 p.m.

Interment will be at the Evanston Cemetery.

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