Dorothy B. Reed, a resident of Colville, passed away on August 30, 2011 in Colville at the age of 77. She was born on Dec. 22, 1933 in Dayton, the daughter of John and Myrtle (Tate) Powers.
Dorothy was a mother and grandma to all, whether they were related or not, and loved them the same. She enjoyed country music, fishing, camping, crafts, knitting and huckleberry picking, just to name a few. She enjoyed being around her family and friends, and really enjoyed life to the fullest. One of Dorothyâ€™s family traditions was to gather for the holidays and cook for her family and friends. When you were at her home, there was always a spot at the table because everyone was family to her. It was not uncommon to see 30 pies at one time because she wanted to suit everyoneâ€™s tastes.
Dorothy was a great all-around person with a heart as big as the sky and just as bright with more love than the stars that shine in it. Any time the family or friend smiled, she would shine. When you look at the stars at night, know that Dorothy is smiling down on youâ€¦
Dorothy was a jack-of-all-trades and did what she needed to help put food on the table for her family. She worked, from making cedar shakes, truck driving, waitressing, working for Green Giant, bead work, in the asparagus fields and growing a garden. When she was younger, she moved around a lot, always leaving behind memories and friends around the country, and yes, she did enjoy a cold beer now and then. Dorothy did not attend church much, but she had a strong belief in God. She and Jack would always say, â€śGod hears you on the top of a mountain all the same as if you were in a church.â€ť
Dorothy was preceded in death by her son and daughter-in-law, John and Leah Reed.
She is survived by her sons, Larry Reed, Colville; Mickey Reed and wife Debbie, Colville; Cary Reed and wife Dale, Sulphur, LA; David Reed, Kettle Falls; and Johnie Reed and wife Chris, Colville; his daughter, Theresa (Curry) Goff and husband Henry, Colville; her step-daughters, Harritta Seitters, Colville; Tammy Powers, Colville; and Clare Best, Orient; her sister, June Adams, Dayton; 27 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
The Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Colville has been entrusted with arrangements.
Motherâ€™s Never Really Die, They Just Keep House Up In The Sky.
Death beckoned her with outstretched hand
And whispered softly of â€śAn Unknown Landâ€ť â€“
But she was not afraid to go
For though the path she did not know,
She took Deathâ€™s Hand without fear,
For He who safely brought her here
Had told her He would lead the way
Into Eternityâ€™s Bright Dayâ€¦
And so she did not go alone
Into the â€śValley Thatâ€™s Unknownâ€ť â€“
She gently took Death By The Hand
And journeyed to â€śThe Promised Landâ€ťâ€¦
And there, with step so light and gay,
She polishes the sun by day
And lights the stars that shine by night
And keeps the moonbeams silvery brightâ€¦
For mothers really never die,
They just â€śKeep House Up In The Skyâ€ťâ€¦
And in the Heavenly Home Above
They wait to â€śwelcomeâ€ť those they love.