Clearwater Tribune, September 26, 2013

Dorothy Jean (Taylor/Clark) Jones, 87, Orofino


Dorothy Jean (Taylor/ Clark) Jones passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 at her daughter's home in Orofino. On Nov. 19, 1925, Dorothy Jean was the first born of Walter Elroy Taylor (Roy) and Iva Loretta (Bates) Taylor in Burley. The family grew to a total of eight. Being born into a farm/ranch family, Dorothy was not only a big sister; she was also a second mother and teacher. She provided guidance with school studies and life lessons for her younger siblings.

Dot, or Dotty, had a love of baseball and was better than most of the boys, talk about a hard hitter! She was also a fan of going fast whether or not it was around a diamond or on a horse. She loved hunting, hiking, fishing, riding horses, going out for hot fudge Sundays, and crafting.

Dorothy was always a giving and caring person from an early age. At age eight she cared for children and kept house for the elderly in her community. At 16 she attended a business college in Weiser. While a student she met then married Sheldon Russell. In 1944 a bubbly baby girl was the first of many gifts from God.

Divorced, she remarried in 1947 to Harlan Duane Clark and moved to Twin Falls. From this marriage four more children blessed this couple. Sadly she and Harlan divorced shortly after their last child was born.

When Dorothy's health began to fail her two youngest children stayed with their oldest sister and her husband until she was able to care for them again. Her love for her children was, as she put it, "motivation" as she struggled with her health.

Dorothy once again tried marriage, which ended also. Living in Twin Falls she had raised the last of her children when her health once again changed her life. She moved to Orofino, making that her permanent home. She brought grace and love to all those that came into contact with her. Known as "Grandma" to her church and community, Dorothy touched hearts and had a definitive impact on many lives.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and three of her siblings. Her survivors are as follows: Dareline and Jim Routh, Pati Aslett, Ronald and Thiet Clark. Tami and Pete Rodriguez, and Wyly Clark (Jones), 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, and all the "grafted-in" grandchildren she adopted through the years including Ronatta and Ryan, Mike and Micheal, Beaver and Angle, Bill and family,

Cherish and Levi, Summer, Matt, Bridgett, and so many others, it is impossible to be thorough.

Her faith in Jesus Christ enhanced the caring, giving, and loving person she was. If you were fortunate enough to meet and get to know this woman then you have been truly blessed. We will miss you but look forward to seeing you again when the Lord calls us home also.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday. Sept. 25, at Orofino Tabernacle.

Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

Transcribed by Michal Berreth-Beck, 2014

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