Obituaries: Dorothy Wilson

Obituaries: Dorothy Wilson

OCEAN PARK - Dorothy E. Wilson, 94, died April 12, 2010, at her Ocean Park residence. Born July 18, 1915, in Zillah, she was the seventh of eight children born to Frank and Mabel (Harper) Hill. She grew up on the family ranch in Zillah and was a high school graduate.

On Aug. 16, 1933, she married Ronald E. Wilson in Goldendale, and the couple settled in the Yakima valley. In 1941 they moved to White Salmon, where she was a wife, mother and homemaker. In the 1960s the couple then moved to Hood River, Ore., where they operated The Butte Orchard, raising pears and cherries until retiring in 1980. In 1995 they moved to Ocean Park to be near family and a year later, in 1996, Mr. Wilson died.

Mrs. Wilson was a longtime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hood River and was devoted to her faith. A wonderful cook, she was especially known for her baking skills. In past years she and her husband enjoyed square dancing together and traveling, especially to the southwest and to Mexico where she enjoyed the culture. She was a league bowler, American Red Cross volunteer and avid reader. Above all, she was devoted to her family and enjoyed time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her canine companion Marci.

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Huss of Ocean Park; granddaughters, Karen (Scott) Alford of Camas and Barbara (Dan) Wilcox of Vancouver; great-grandchildren Ashley (Daniel) Carlson, Evan and Aimee Alford, Austin and Mikaela VanTassel and Daniel Wilcox; 19 nieces and nephews and other members of her extended family; and her special friends Chavo, Martha, Jorge, Adam and Marci Rubio of Sun City, Calif. In addition to her husband, her brothers Bob, Allan, Delbert and Glen Hill; sisters, Hazel Woodall, Verna Heyl and June Hunsaker; a son-in-law Hubert Huss and her grandsons, Rodney and Brian Huss preceded her in death.

Funeral mass was celebrated at on Monday, April 19, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hood River with a luncheon following. Concluding graveside service was at St. Mary's Cemetery in Hood River. Her guest book is available at (

Arrangements are by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.

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