OMAHA, NEB. - Dorothy L. Stephenson, age 84 years, died Dec. 12, 2003, in Omaha, Neb. Mrs. Stephenson was born and raised in Beaverton, Ore. She met her husband, Bob, while working for Oregon Motor Stages, where she was a pickup and delivery driver and he was a mechanic. They married in 1943 and settled in Portland, moving to Kennewick in 1951, and returning to the Portland area in 1958, where she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Stephenson was fond of gardening, reading, sewing, braiding rugs and needlecrafts.
In 1985 after her husband retired, they moved to Ocean Park, where Mrs. Stephenson became involved in the Ocean Park Lions Club as well as local knitting and garden clubs. She founded, and was a facilitator of, a low-vision support group, leading monthly meetings at the Peninsula Senior Center. She loved the weekly pinochle games and monthly ice cream socials at the Senior Center. She remained an active member of the Long Beach Peninsula until May 2003, when she moved to Omaha to be closer to her daughter, Martha.
Mrs. Stephenson is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Rocky and Marschell Stephenson, Clackamas, Ore.; daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Woody Williams, Omaha; grandchildren: Will Stephenson, Ginger Bruce, Marcus and Matthew Richards; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Robert; daughter Barbara Roten; brother James Wray; and granddaughter Colleen Turner.
A memorial service will be held at Pentilla's Chapel by the Sea on April 24, 2004, at 1 p.m., with a reception following the service at the Chapel.