Dorothy Alice Brown lived her life well and beautifully during her 86 years. She was born in Spokane on March 21, 1928, to Walter and Lula Pope, being the youngest sister to Betty and Bob. During her youth, she was very active in her church, helping her father in his insurance and real estate business as the Otis Elevator operator after school. Her love of all music in her era developed into a beautiful soprano voice and an accomplished piano player which brought her many opportunities singing at numerous functions at the church and elsewhere.
Her mother’s knowledge of gardening gave Dorothy another favorite hobby which lasted her entire lifetime. Growing up after the depression and before WWII, she learned many crafts – sewing, knitting, crochet, tatting and ceramics - from her mother, as well as an artistic hand in calligraphy. Dorothy attended Hutton School and Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, before enrolling at Whitman College majoring in music. While at Whitman, she met and married the love of her life, I.G. “Buster” Brown in 1947.
In Walla Walla, they lived in several homes over the years, increasing the acreage with each home until they spent many of their years west of Whitman Mission on a 25 acre farm where they raised their 7 children. Dorothy’s life was one of charity and caring with genuine concern for others. She brought beauty and a smile with her wherever she went. If anyone was in need, she was there to help. Her generous spirit and loving heart helped support the community and special causes frequently.
Dorothy enjoyed dancing with her husband, especially at the Elks Club. They also loved traveling as often as possible even with the busy life on the farm. Family vacations included Montana parks, Wallowa Lake, the Rain Forest, the west coast beaches and ferry rides to San Juan Islands as well as quick trips to the mountains for picnics. All were fun and educational. Later, she and Buster traveled to Las Vegas and Reno, meeting up with her siblings for a combined vacation, and numerous relaxing lakes with their RV. Photography not only brought her joy, but also reflected all the beauty and love around her. Her life revolved around her family. Nothing was more important to her than raising her children and watching them succeed in life. Grandchildren then filled her life with even more love, and of course, all their activities. She was always there for them, never missing an event or activity. Their Grandma’s heart was so full of love and pride for them all.
Dorothy passed away on August 5, 2014, while residing at Odd Fellows Home. She is survived by her children, Linda Paradise of College Place, Jeff Brown of San Diego, and Sharon Dodgin of Walla Walla, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews. Dorothy was the last of her generation on hers and her husband’s side which leaves a great void. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and siblings; her husband of 49 ½ years; a son David, age 6, in 1965; a daughter, Debra Hansen, age 38, in 2004; a son Robert, 59, in 2012; and a son Gary, 65, in 2013.
Viewing & visitation will be held on Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA. The funeral service will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the First Congregational Church with Rev. Cecilia McKean officiating. There will be a private family interment. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Society or the Walla Walla VFW through the funeral home.