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Dorothy Garner

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Dorothy Jean Garner died peacefully at home in Goldendale on Friday, May 11. She was born in Toppenish to Daniel J. (Jeff) and Frances J. (Jane) Davis on January 18, 1920. An educator for over 40 years, Dorothy was trained at Central Washington College of Education and San Jose State College. She taught in Toppenish, Washougal and Seattle before marrying Leo Garner in August of 1946 and starting a family, moving to Goldendale in 1951.

Shortly after, she started a kindergarten which she ran for six years before stepping back into the school system in Zillah for one year before returning to Goldendale. Dorothy's interest was reading development, reinforcing skills through diverse methods including weaving, sketching, rock painting and arts and crafts of all kinds. Dorothy retired from teaching in 1982 but stayed active in organizations such as American Businesswomen's Associating for which she was selected Woman of the Year for 1974, Soroptimists, Delta Kappa Gamma and retired Teachers Association of Washington. Following retirement she kept her interest in children alive and contributed by making small picture booklets for the children at the Seattle Children's Hospital. She continued this until her eyesight finally failed her and she couldn't see well enough to do them any longer.

Predeceased by Leo and son, David, as well as by brothers, Dick and Bob and sister Betty, she is survived by sons Steve, of Oxford, UK and Doug, of The Dalles, Oregon and daughter, Cindy, of Ellensburg. She also leaves six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation in Dorothy's name be made to one of: Klickitat Valley Hospital Home, Health and Hospice; Soroptimist Scholarship or DKG Society Scholarship Fund.

Interment will be private but a public memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 11 a.m., at Father's House in Goldendale. Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel in handling arrangements.

 

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