Dorothy Irvin Leaden went peacefully with her grand-daughter at her side on April 17. Dorothy, or Dode, as she was affectionately known to many, was born on Sept. 23, 1917 in Rossland, BC, Canada to Sam and Minnie Irvin.
The fifth of eight children, she grew up in the Irvin Hotel, which her mother and father ran. In her early years, if she wasnâ€™t drawing, she was playing hockey or skiing with her friends and siblings.
In 1940, she married Howard Leaden in Spokane and made her home with him on the Leaden Family Ranch in Northport, where she resided for over 60 years. Dorothy had two sons she loved dearly, John, born in 1942, and Lawrence (Larry), born in 1948.
Life wasnâ€™t always easy, but the family thrived with the help of their close, extended family. When Howard passed away in 1986, Dorothy threw herself into her hobbies, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.
Dode had many amazing talents. She was an incredible artist. Her drawings and paintings could be seen all over her home and in many of the homes of her friends and family. She decorated cakes for birthdays, weddings and other special occasions. If you were lucky enough to receive one of her cakes, it was eviÂ¬dent by the intricacy, how much love she put into every one. Her bread could not be matched--every loaf was spoken for before it even came out of the oven! She loved to teach and play cribbage and invited many to lose a buck a two playing her.
Dorothy was never one to judge; she looked beneath the exterior of people and found the good in them. She took pride in her family and would do anything to help out her friends. Her smile and laugh were infectious. She had a way about her that could light up a room and she was given respect by others, not beÂ¬cause it was demanded, but because it was shown in return.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Minnie; her sisters, May, Louise, Marguerite and Ina; brothers Bruce, John, and Bob; husband Howard and sons John and Larry.
She is survived by her grand-daughter, Gail; by countless nieces and nephews, and by the many friends she considered family.
She will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to know and love her.
A memorial service will be announced and held at a later date.