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Doris Skeie


April 17, 2019

My name is Kirk Williamson. My mother, Doris Huseth Williamson Skeie, was born in Fargo July 31, 1923 and graduated from Fargo Central High in 1941. She died April 14, 2019 at age 95 in Kennewick, Washington.

After high school, she attended Comptometer School in Minneapolis, and then moved to Seattle. In October of 1944, a handsome sailorman came a-calling. Four days later, she married CPO G. Paul Williamson, USN, in Seattle. I was born in Spokane in 1949, my sister in 1952, and our brother in 1955.

The Williamsons moved to Goldendale in 1959, where he worked for Columbia Gas. Mom became a bowling instructor and taught a generation of Goldendale kids to bowl, as well as competing in several regional bowling tournaments. In 1965, she started work as bookkeeper for the International Harvester dealer in Goldendale while my father opened Goldendale's Montgomery Ward catalog store.

Dad died in a single-car accident in 1968, and she took over the store. She was a stalwart supporter of the Distributive Education (DECA) program at Goldendale High School, working with Herb Callan and Bob Boy as an employer and as a coach. She learned to drive from Lowell Erland and finally got her driver's license at age 50.

In 1972, she met Owen Skeie (sky), who was the guy who went out with the federal marshals to tell the farmer where Bonneville Power Administration was going to build the power line across his fields. They were married in 1974 and traveled all over the northwest together as his work moved. At one time, she was a guide at the Montana Territorial Prison in Deer Lodge. Mr. Skeie passed in 1999.

Mom lived independently in Union Gap, Washington until February of 2018 when she moved to Kennewick, Washington to be closer to family. Her granddaughter and two great grandkids live not far from her assisted living apartment. Her great-grandson visited her regularly-on Thursday when they have the ice cream parlor open. Her grandson and another great-granddaughter live in the Seattle area. She was preceded in death by her first granddaughter and my younger brother.

She was an avid painter, golfer, and bridge player as well as an ever-optimistic Mariners fan. At her request, there will be no formal memorial service. Her friends are encouraged to remember her in their own way, in their own time.


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