On August 29, 2013, Dorothy I. âWalleyâ passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Northern Colorado Medical Center, 24 days short of her 103rd birthday. She was born Sept 22, 1910 to Arthur and Bella Stollery in Chicago, IL.
She spent her first few years in Chicago and later moved to Lansing, Michigan. At the age of 8, she traveled from Michigan to Seattle. She spent her early years in Seattle and then moved to Orville, where she graduated from high school. While working in a bank, she caught the eye of a handsome CusÂŹtomsâ Officer named Howard A. Walley. They married in June 1932. From this union, three children were born. They were married 36 years and lived at Nighthawk, Loomis, Aberdeen, Port Townsend and then Northport. In each of these commuÂŹnities, she was active in many organizations and hobbies, inÂŹcluding the Boy Scouts, PTA, gardening, cake decorating, the Presbyterian Church choir and womenâs group. Walley was also employed by Kendrickâs Mercantile.
When Howard passed in 1968, she moved to Colville and worked for J.C. Penney. She continued her interest in cake decorating and for 30 years made many beautiful cakes for weddings and other events. She also taught decorating classes through Community Colleges of Spokane - Colville. During this time, she opened her own bridal shop called âThe Bridal Corner.â
As in previous communities, Dorothy was very active in Colville. Just a few of her interests included, Athenaeum, The United Methodist Church, bridge club, the blood bank, and the Republican Womenâs Club. She even got to shake President George H.W Bushâs hand when he was in Colville. She was exÂŹcellent at everything she endeavored to do; cooking (her cinÂŹnamon rolls would melt in your mouth), gardening, sewing, knitting, crochet and counted cross-stitch. She especially loved her time working with her dear friends at EZ Knit. Walley was notorious for her shenanigans at the yearly âMidnight MadÂŹnessâ sale.
Dorothy was a true, flag-waving, American-loving patriot and was passionate about the âRed, White & Blue.â Her proudest accomplishment, besides raising her three kids, was being in charge of the Inland Northwest Blood Centerâs Colville Blood Drive, where she was fondly nicknamed the âLittle General.â She led the blood drive for 15 years. A special honor Dorothy received was when she was flown to Philadelphia to receive an Award of Merit for Distinguished Service in Advancing Public Understanding of Blood Banking. She was also honored as the 2003 runner-up for the Inland New Blood Center Volunteerism Award by the Seattle Seahawks. She retired from the Blood Bank at the age of 93, only after her eyesight started to fail.
She is survived by her three children: Allan Walley (Lynda), Lacey; Sherry Dompier (Jerry), Idaho Falls, ID; and Sandi Hill (Bill), Windsor, CO; a niece, Doris Hagstrom (Dan) and nephew, John Ridpath; seven grandchildren, Kellie Miller, Craig Walley, Laurie Wirtz, Jerilyn Walley, Todd Dompier, Aimee Sellke and Eric Hill; 13 great-grandchildren, Jake, Samantha and Courtney Miller; Josh, Alex, Matt and Emma Wirtz; Abby and Chris Dompier; Morgan and Steven Walley, and Ashton and Joe Sellke.
Funeral service will be held at the Colville Community Church on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. Pastor Don Swanson will officiate. Internment will follow at Mountain View Park Cemetery.
If one so wishes, memorial contributions may be made in Dorothyâs name to Northport Presbyterian Church, Colville Community Church, or to the Inland NW Blood Center.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.