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Dorothy Mohr Beach

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Our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Dorothy Mohr Beach died peacefully on March 15, 2014 at Highgate Senior Living. She was 92. We will miss her strong spirit, her art, and the warmth of her smile. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Julia Alice Walters and William Bismark Mohr on Sept 13, 1921, art has always been her passion. She studied at Stephens College and the University of Texas. A life-long artist, Dorothy was a lover of light and shadow with an eye for the unseen; a tireless painter in pursuit of the magic and mystery that permeates the commonplace. She was fiercely independent, intuitive, and tenacious, with a passion for strong coffee and dark chocolate. An avid reader, curious about many subjects, she enjoyed talking about ideas, especially with her friends in the "Jung group," a long-lasting core of women who explored realms of the spirit. Dorothy is survived by her three children - Susan Rives and husband William Rives, of Vashon Island; Dana Jack and husband Rand Jack of Van Zandt; and J. C. Crowley and Adrian Crowley, of Topanga, California. She is survived by grandchildren Darby Jack, Kelsey Jack, Alexander Rives, and Elizabeth Rives, and great-grandchildren Galen Jack and Sophie Jack and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters, Bonnie Scott and Ann Mohr, and by her two husbands. A memorial service will be held in her honor in June, at a date and time to be announced. We are deeply grateful to Maria Thurston, Dorothy's long-term caregiver and friend; to the caring and compassionate staff at Highgate Senior Living and to Whatcom Hospice. Given Dorothy's lifelong devotion to art, memorials can be sent to Allied Arts of Whatcom County in her name.

Published in Bellingham Herald on Mar. 21, 2014
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