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Dorothy May (Little) Greenleaf

Dorothy May (Little) Greenleaf

A memorial service will be held for Dorothy May (Little) Greenleaf at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 11 at Mountain View Community Church, 12033 Seattle Hill Rd, Snohomish, WA, 98296.

Dorothy was born in Redmond, WA, on June 22, 1926. She passed away surrounded by her children on October 29th at 3:30 p.m. following a ten year battle with increasingly debilitating dementia. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents Wilhelmina and Orlo Little, brother Wayne, and her loving husband, Jack Greenleaf. She is survived by her sister Marion Neal and brother Bill Little (wife Myrna); and her children, the five G's: Garry Greenleaf (wife Lynn), Gaye Brown (husband Bill), Gordon Greenleaf, Ginnette Bird (husband Randy), Greta Malloy (husband Brad). Dorothy is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Billy Van Mechelen, Jennifer Smith, Josh Yoder, Sarah Greenleaf, Amy Yoder, James Greenleaf, Tamara Greenleaf, Derek Bird, Chelsea Brown, Tyler Bird, Matthew Malloy, McKenzie Malloy and 4 great grandchildren: Christina Van Mechelen, Zena Smith, Levi Yoder, and Brendan Van Mechelen.

Dorothy graduated from Redmond High School and attended WSU where she met her husband. In addition to raising 5 children and serving as a social center for her extended family, she worked as the bookkeeper for her husband's family machine shop. Dorothy and Jack retired young and built a dream home on Hawaii. They had sufficient time together after retirement and before Jack's far-too-early passing to achieve most of their life dreams of travel and enjoying family.

Dorothy was a loving wife, nurturing mother, and one-of-a-kind spirit whose irreplaceable individuality was deeply cherished by her family. Her sense of style was unique; favorites include zebra dresses, footy pajamas, matching Hawaiian dresses and shirts, and a very large, very lavender house. Always an optimist, her unique blend of "Pollyana" positive thinking and deep wisdom continues to guide us. Her enchanted slant on the everyday, especially in regards to birthdays, celebrations, and holidays (including obscure ones) taught us all to celebrate the moment. We loved that the sweet, enduring cheerfulness of her basic nature remained with us through the last ten years of her life, as dementia stole so much else. What a blessing to be her daughter or son, able to share with our children a sense of her magical uniqueness. Dorothy, Mom, we love you and cherish the thought of you reunited with Dad, as well as parents and loved ones that have gone before. Enjoy heaven, and aloha - until we meet again.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in her memory could be made to Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County (http://www2.providence.org/northwest-washington/giving/Pages/default.aspx) or for dementia research through the Alzheimer's Foundation (www.alzfdn.org) or the (www.alz.org).

Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 2, 2012
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