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Dorothy Kennemore


Dorothy Kennemore

In Memory Of

Dorothy Pauline Kennemore, age 91, of Goldendale, WA, Nov 26, 1923 – Mar 14, 2015

Dorothy was born on November 26, 1923, in Boxelder, Texas, to Robert Harvey Jean and Amanda Paralee "Mandy" Jackson Jean. She was preceded in death by her parents, 14 siblings, husband Luther Floyd Kennemore, sons Winfred Lewis and Phillip Arnold, daughter Judy Marie and grandson Daniel Atkins.

She was born in Northeast Texas into a large family that continued to grow over her lifetime. She met and married the love of her life, L. Floyd Kennemore, at the age of 15. Hardships during the 1940's resulted in the move to Washington State because of an ad they saw in the local newspaper for a sawyer job at the Layman Lumber Co., in Goldendale. George Layman hired Floyd by phone and offered him a place to live if he would relocate immediately. Dorothy and family packed up what they could and left the only home they knew in the beautiful state of Texas where it was a warm and sunny February to the cold state of Washington with two feet of snow on the ground.

Floyd was disabled in the early 60's and Dorothy became a housekeeper to help make ends meet. She also managed part of Kennemore Nursery in Northern California with Floyd's family for several years before moving back to Goldendale permanently. She was a cook at Ted's Café on Main Street for a time before opening a second-hand store, The Bargain Barn, on Railroad Ave. She gave many items a second chance to be useful and when families lost their possessions in a fire she was always there for them with donations from her store.

Being a homemaker, family was the most important aspect of her life and she welcomed every addition with love. She was happiest with a baby snuggled in her arms.

She never lost her southern hospitality and Christian upbringing. Anyone who came to her door was welcomed with "would you like something to eat" or "can I get you some tea (real Texas sweet tea!)," even the Kirby Vacuum Cleaner salesman and, yes, she actually bought one. Her home was a second home to many of her children's school friends and they would head straight for the refrigerator, knowing it was always full.

Dorothy loved crafting with her hands and before they became stiff with arthritis, new members of the family could always count on being welcomed into this world with new booties knitted of soft angora yarn. She spent many hours enjoying quilting books, picking fabric, cutting quilt squares and carefully packing them away to assemble when she found the time but invariably a new pattern would catch her eye and the process would begin all over again. These many boxes of quilt squares will be given to her family so they can be lovingly assembled in her honor and be treasured for years to come.

Dorothy is survived by: daughters Jerri (Dick) Atkins and Genny Scott, both of Goldendale; grandchildren, Donna (Ken) Scarola, Deborah (Todd) Foley, Caryn Kennemore, Lynda (Mitch) Dillard, Kyle (Claudette) Kennemore, Amanda Daniel, Jessica Daniel and Darren Scott. She is also survived by 18 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

There are more, too many to list, who have gone before or remain to grieve with us and rejoice with us, as she attends a long awaited reunion with family she has not seen in a long time.

Dorothy will be laid to rest at the Mountain View Cemetery IOOF, beside her husband of 76 years. At her request there will be no service. In-lieu of flowers the family requests a donation be made, in her name, to: KVH Hospice, 310 S. Roosevelt, Goldendale, WA 98620.


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