SEASIDE - Dorothy Hamilton LiaBraaten, age 87, a resident of Naselle died Sept. 20, 2002 in Seaside.
She was born on August 15, 1915 in Hibbing, Minn., to Robert William and Margaret (Barry) Taylor. She married Ordemann LiaBraaten on July 19, 1936 in Hibbing, Minn. He preceded her in death in 1950.
The couple lived in a tent when they were first married, and Mrs. LiaBraaten drove a dump truck during the summer months of the depression. During the winter months, she hauled lumber over the frozen lakes in Minnesota.
She earned a BA in sociology from the University of Minnesota, graduating with honors in 1953. She was a firm believer in civil rights, and quit the Householder's Union because they didn't rent to African Americans. In 1953, Mrs. LiaBraaten worked for the Minneapolis Police Department - she was the first woman detective sergeant in that department. She retired in 1976.
She collected depression glass for fifty years, both clear and opalescent. She also collected tea cups, commemorative spoons, teaspoons, cut and pressed glass and antique hat pins. Plus she enjoyed genealogy, knitting, and crocheting afghans. She refinished furniture, and was an expert caner of chairs. Mrs. LiaBraaten was a seamstress, enjoyed crosswords, and was an avid scrabble player.
Mrs. LiaBraaten was active in Hospice and a volunteer for Our Lady of Good Counsel Cancer Home for over twenty years, and continued to volunteer and help neighbors after her move to Naselle.
She is survived by two sons, Robert LiaBraaten of Naselle, and James LiaBraaten of Caliform, N.J.; daughter, Geraldine LiaBraaten of Saucelito, Calif., plus three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her father and mother and four brothers.
No formal service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to: Our Lady of Good Counsel Cancer Home, 2076 St. Anthony Ave., St. Paul, Minn. 55104.