Shirley Dodson

Shirley Elizabeth Dodson was born Jan. 12, 1925 and went to her rest Sept. 19, 2014 with many of her family present.Shirley was born to Claude and Leonie Wylie in Ft. Collins, CO. She was the youngest of four sisters: Helen, Iona and Earlene, all who preceded her in death. When she was three-years-old, the family moved to a ranch near Walden, CO, and relocated to the Colville area in 1935. Shirley graduated from high school in 1942 and then attended Washington State College in Pullman, where she joined the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She married her high school sweetheart (since 1941), Tom Dodson, on Jan. 12, 1945 in her sorority house in Pullman. Soon thereafter, they settled in Colville after Tom finished his Army Air Corps service in Columbia S.C.Shirley and Tom purchased Dodson’s Paint Store and operated it from 1958 until 1976. Shirley was an active mom and was known by all of the kids for her homemade cookies and the punch she always had available to everyone who came to play in the backyard of their home on 4th Street. She was a member of Choraliers, the Congregational Church choir, PEO, 8-11 Study Club, PTA, Lady Jaycees (she was the first president), the Colville Museum and the Northeast Washington Genealogy Society. She has captured much of the history of both sides of the Dodson family, going back to the founding of the nation. Shirley, with the support of family, Susan Dechant and many friends, has researched the local history, gathered documentation and shared those stories with us in the Silverado newspaper. In addition, she enjoyed traveling, oil painting, crossword puzzles, gardening, going for walks and spending time with Tom. Her favorite times were being with family and she cherished the arrival of each grandchild and great- grandchild.Shirley is survived by her husband of nearly 70 years and best friend for 73 years, Tom Dodson at their home; their three children, (Lt. Gen. retired) Mike Dodson and wife Diane, Manhattan, Kansas; Scott Dodson and wife Karen, Colville, and Lori Matlock, Colville; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be given to Kiwanis youth projects or to the charity of one’s choice.A celebration of her life will be held at the Ag. Trade Center in Colville on Tuesday, Sept 30 at 11 a.m. Lunch will follow. The service will be officiated by Pastor Shane Moffitt. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at HYPERLINK "http://www.danekasfuneralchapel.com" www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.