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Dorothy Leifeste Bierman died February 18, 2014 in Richland, Washington. She was born to Elgin W. and Hester Ella (Pape) Leifeste of near Fredonia, Mason County, Texas, on November 11, 1928. She graduated from Mason High School, Mason Texas, in 1946. After working in San Angelo, Texas, for a short time she returned to Mason where she worked as a legal secretary to Mr. Schmit. In 1948 she met Sidney R. Bierman of Brady Texas. Shortly thereafter she agreed to spend the one life she had with him. They were married April 16, 1949 in the First Methodist Church, Mason, Texas, by Pastor L. C. Beasley. They were to spend the rest of her life together. For a short time in Brady, then as a marine's wife in southern California. While in California, she worked at the Newport Branch of The Bank of America. Following Sidney's discharge she lived as a student's wife in Lubock, Texas, where she gave birth to her first child, Debra Denise in 1955. Before Debra was born, she worked for a CPA. Following Sid's graduation from Texas Tech they spent the next three years in the Standard Oil of New Jersey Sierra Colorado Colony on the island of Aruba in Neitherlands West Indies. While in Aruba she was accepted into the Masonic Order of The Eastern Star. On Aruba she gave birth to her second child, Marcus Craig, in 1957.

After Aruba the family lived in Austin, Texas, where her husband attended the University of Texas Graduate School for two semesters, The Family, which now included a second son (Jeffery Karl), moved to Richland, Washington. She was to spend the rest of her life in Richland. During her life in Richland, she and Sidney drove along the entire coast line of the lower 48 states and some of Alaska. They drove the length of the Alaskan Highway and on the Fairbanks and Anchorage. Sidney's work took him to many places in the U.S., Europe, the British Isles and Japan. She always traveled with him.

In 1966 they had a house built in Richland. Despite her traveling she as a wife and mother managed to turn the house into a home. It was in this home that she died surrounded by her husband, three children, a granddaughter and a great-grandson. In 1998 she and her family began building a cabin in the Blue Mountain of Eastern Washington. She enjoyed her later life working on building this cabin and such things as stabilizing the creek bank following the spring run offs. Her remains will be scattered over a spot near the cabin designated by her. she enjoyed any kind of outside activity, especially playing tennis and working in her yard.

She is survived by her husband, three children, their spouses and eight great-grandchildren. She is and will be missed so very much.

Published in Tri-City Herald on Feb. 25, 2014
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