Dorothy (Dottie) Ellen Guthrie
Dorothy (Dottie) Ellen Guthrie passed away Monday morning, March 12, 2012, surrounded by family at the Idaho State Veterans Home, of natural causes. Dorothy was born in Tacoma to Randolph and Jeanette (Brown) Tegge, Oct. 13, 1928. She graduated from Nez Perce High School while living with her aunt. She worked at Grangeville Hospital before attending one year of nursing school at St. Joseph's School of Nursing.
In 1950, she married and they toured as professional figure roller skaters with Tierney Roller Rink's. Dorothy and her husband later purchased Dick's Grocery at 17th Street and 11th Avenue in Lewiston, and had one son. In 1956, she remarried and had two sons. Dorothy and her husband loved the country and the mountains. They purchased two different ranches, and enjoyed their love of animals and gardening at their 68 acres on Harmony Heights outside of Orofino, while raising the three boys.
In 1969, she relocated to Lewiston and worked for Idaho Insurance as an administrative assistant. She later worked at Lewis-Clark State College for the Dean of Students. She married in 1987 and together they traveled across America and eventually settled down in the Yuma, Ariz., area. They loved the desert activities in the winter and golf.
In the summer, they returned to her beloved Oregon Coast and the "Playground of her Youth" in the Lincoln City area. Dorothy was active in the BPOE, managing the Elk's RV Park in Lincoln City, Ore., and the Moose Lodge. She deeply loved her children and grandchildren. Dancing and traveling were her passion. She was an accomplished seamstress and gardener. She loved boating and was a member of the Hells Canyon Boat Club. She never met a flower she couldn't nurture, grow or revive. She was a converted Roman Catholic and cherished her faith journey.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Randolph and Jeanette; and her beloved "baby" brother, a career naval submariner, Robert (Bobby) F. Tegge of Kamiah and later Eugene, Ore. She is survived by her husband and his children; her devoted friend of 64 years; and three sons. In addition, two sisters; a sister-in-law; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Dorothy was a devoted mother and loved life. She remained positive regardless of life's setbacks and health challenges. She loved to laugh and will be deeply missed by her family and friends. The family wishes to thank her care providers and the excellent services provided by the staff at the Idaho State Veterans Home and the professionals of Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home of Lewiston.
Memorials in her name can be presented to the Lewiston Humane Society or the Idaho State Veterans Home.
Lewiston Tribune, March 15, 2012, p. 5D
Transcribed by Jill Leonard Nock
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