Dorothy Ann Treasure Westover, age 83, died on Dec. 25, 2012 of Lung Cancer. The last 4 months of her life were spent with her oldest daughter, Marty Phoebe Sanford and her partner M A Sanford in their home in Portland surrounded by love and affection and all of her favorite meals, and she was able to see her youngest daughter Jackie Lee Westover who still lives on the property next to Dorothy's home. It was great for Dorothy to have closure with both of her daughters, and her dear friend JC Chalupa, and she tried to hold on until February 6, 2013, as she knew her wonderful grandson Frank Lee Uhl, was coming soon to see her. Frank has taught English in China for the last 10 years. Dorothy adored her grandson as she did her two daughters. Dorothy lost the love of her life , Ralph Westover , 20 years ago. Dorothy only found out that she had lung cancer a week before she died when she asked if there was more wrong with her than pneumonia. Phoebe, her daughter said "yes you have cancer, lung cancer." Dorothy said "I am ready. I have lived a long good life and loved my two daughters and now I am going home to your dad. I don't want to linger, I want it to be quick and I would like to die in my sleep. I don't want a lot of tears or drama, I am ready." She died in her sleep and she didn't linger.
Dorothy was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho February 16, 1929. Dorothy had two brothers, Jack Vearl e Treasure the oldest and Stanley Treasure and her sister Lucille Treasure, who she was very close to at the end of her sister Lucille's life. Dorothy lived with her sister and helped Lucille's husband do all the things necessary to care for her.
Dorothy grew up on a farm in Downey, Idaho where her siblings all graduated and were all valedictorian and then went on to college. Dorothy wasn't as fortunate, as her mother, Martha Ann Treasure left her husband and the farm and Dorothy finished 8th grade and then went to work with her mother and new step father Parker Westover in Prescott, Arizona at the Palace Hotel, (which is still there,) Dorothy worked there a few years and then moved on to San Bernardino, California, where she found a job as a "car hop," at Ruby's Drive-In. Dorothy made more money in tips than most men at that time (which was 1945, during the war) and Dorothy said "it was a crazy time and men would come home from the service on leave and not know if they would be alive tomorrow and just threw their money at the beautiful young "car hops." Dorothy was beautiful and as fate would have it, Dorothy found out that there was a Dixie Westover, the daughter of her new step father Parker working at Ruby's also, and she met Dixie and said "I guess we are stepsisters, my mother Martha married your dad Parker. Then a little later, Dixie's older brother Ralph Westover was back in town from the war and went to see his sister Dixie at the Drive-in and at that time he also met Dorothy, and I guess sparks flashed, because they married two weeks later. Ralph was 11 years Dorothy's senior and they were sweethearts till his death.
Dorothy and Ralph moved to Eugene when their two daughters were 4 & 5 on Easter Day, 1953, the family moved to 1530 Mississippi Street in Glenwood. In those days Glenwood was much different than today, with bean fields where there is a trailer court and UPS where there used to be a pear orchard, and the Sanitary Landfill is where there used to be peach orchards. There were 5 little grocery markets in Glenwood then, the Holland Market with its big windmill always spinning, and the Glenwood Store which is still there today. The two daughters Marty Westover and Jackie Westover went to Glenwood School for 6 years. Enter the story my mom told about children going to Roosevelt.
Dorothy was always good at crafts. She could have won a prize if she had ever entered one of her quilts at the fair. Dorothy completed many quilts and was also into crafting with driftwood and resin balls that made the Grape Cluster, which was popular in the 1960's and 70's.
Dorothy and Ralph had fun fishing and camping in their pickup camper. They loved to go to Dorena and catch catfish and Deepsea fishing was Ralph's love. They were always holding hands and kissing each other even if they left for a half hour to the store. Their love was very sweet
After Ralph died 20 years ago, Dorothy had to learn to drive again, as she hadn't driven in years and she managed her beautiful home and several rentals that she owned. The neighborhood of Glenwood loved and deeply respected Dorothy Westover, as she was probably one of the oldest residents still in Glenwood. Dorothy was very involved in the annexing of Glenwood and protested it, and didn't want to become part of the '"CITY". She was loved by most everyone she knew.
There will be a graveside service at Springfield Memorial Gardens, on Friday, Jan. 4 , 2013 at 1:00 p.m. At 3:00 p.m. there will be a reception at 1530 Mississippi Ave, at the home of Dorothy & Ralph Westover. On February 16, 2013 there will also be a Celebration of Life at Dorothy & Ralph's home. Please sign the guest book at www.registerguard.com/legacy
Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Jan. 2, 2013