NASELLE - Dorothea Amy Waters, 97, died March 13, 2003 in Naselle. She began her life at The Laurels, in Icklesham, Sussex, England where she was born to William Ernest and Alice Lucy (Fuller) Coomber on March 15, 1906 (the Ides of March).
Playing the piano was always a major part of her life. At the age of six, she gave her first piano concert in London, England. She earned her LRAM degree from the Royal Academy of Music. In the 1930s, she traveled to America where she played in several bands and formed her own all woman group called, "The Harmony Aces." She traveled and performed throughout America, Panama, and Cuba. Havana was one of her favorite cities.
She returned to England for the outbreak of World War II during which time she was a member of ENSR and performed for the troops during the war. She survived the nightly bombing of London (The Blitz) preferring to stay in her own home rather than taking the risk of being gassed in the London Underground. On one occasion, the house she had just vacated was leveled by a bomb the following day.
She married Cyril Mafeking Evans in London, England. They had one child. They later divorced. In 1955, she married Harold Wilfred Waters. They divorced in 1964. Two step-children from that marriage remain: Cynthia Lehane (Jim) of Plymouth, Devon, England and Anthony Waters of Sussex, England.
In the l960s, she and her daughter emigrated to America, residing in Salt Lake City, Utah. After she retired from performing, she gave piano lessons until 1989 and conducted her local church choir. She continued to receive correspondence from her students, many of whom went on to recording careers. In 1999, she moved with her daughter and family to Naselle.
She was also a very fine artist. At 14, her oil painting of a country cottage won second place in a Royal Academy of Art show for professional artists. She was an artist-in-residence for Harrods in London, painting fireplace screens. She continued with both visual art and different crafts, providing us with many beautiful works.
She was a voracious Scrabble, crossword and card player, a life-long knitter, a gardener par excellence, and an amazing story teller: Her memories of living in Rye, Sussex contained tales of Rudyard Kipling, Henry James, E.F. Benson, and Virginia Woolf. Her beloved Triumph motorbike and MG sports car featured prominently in her stories.
She is survived by her daughter, Gail Evans Davern (Tim Liddiard) of Naselle; three grandchildren, Jenny Patty (Jim Caldwell) of Stayton, Ore., Luke Flockerzi of Amherst, Mass., and Fritha Strand Davern of Naselle; a niece, Joy Ford of Windrush, Broad Oak, Sussex, England; and three great-granddaughters, Taya, Bronte, and Emma Patty-Caldwell Of Stayton, Ore. She was preceded in death by many wonderful friends; a lot of dogs and cats; her parents; her brothers, Gilbert Coomber and Leonard Coomber, and a grandson, Kyle Andrew Patty.
Weddle Funeral Home in Stayton, Ore. is in charge of arrangements.