Dorothy Mertle Ludeman, the youngest of four daughters and longtime resident of Stevens County, passed away on May 8, 2013 at the age of 90. Dorothy was born on Sept. 28, 1922 to Howard W. and Ella (Wareheim) Seaman. She was born and raised on the family farm on Kelly Hill near Barstow.
Dorothy attended school in Marcus and graduated from the Marcus School in 1940. On Sept. 7, 1941, Dorothy began her 68 -year marriage to Richard Ludeman. They made their home in Chewelah and began their family. They resided for a time with her folks during World War II and then in Swiss Valley beÂ¬fore returning to Chewelah.
Work opportunities led their family to many communities, including Moyie Springs, ID where Dorothy worked a cook in a logging camp; Wilbur, and later to the Greenwood area near Colville. They resided in Greenwood for 20 years, where DoroÂ¬thy had her hands full raising their six children, gardening, cooking, canning and assisting with the needs of the farm.
They sold the ranch and moved to Old Kettle. Dorothy cherished her time in Old Kettle and her countless long walks on the beach while she was there. In 1971, Dorothy and Rich moved to a small ranch in the Williams Lake area. She raised wonderful gardens and tended to their chickens, turkeys, goats and her beloved dog. Dorothy loved to take long walks and shared many of those with her canine companion. In 1996, she and Rich moved into Colville, where she continued her long walks and planted flowers and a large garden.
Dorothy embraced the many family â€śget-togethersâ€ť and times shared with friends. She also generously gave of the harvests from her flower and vegetable gardens to her family, neighbors and friends.
Dorothy was a member of Greenwood Grange and volunteered much of her time to her community.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; one son-in-law, Delbert Sparks, and her three siblings.
Dorothy is survived by her three daughters, Arliene Sparks, Kettle Falls; Bonnie Harvey and her husband, John, Colville; Karen Frostad and her husband, Larry, Kettle Falls; three sons, Donald Ludeman and his wife, Candy, Kettle Falls; Mike Ludeman and his wife Robyn, Colville; Gary Ludeman and his wife, Cheryl, Chewelah; 24 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service for Dorothy M. Ludeman was held on May 15 at the Highland Cemetery in Colville. Pastor Shane Moffitt will officiate the service.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Shrinerâ€™s Hospital or the charity of your choice.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.