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Dorothy Ranns Furbush

Dorothy Ranns Furbush

"What a full life she led, blessing so many in her path." These words capture the love many felt for Dorothy.

Dorothy's early years ranged from Dallas to London, from Riverside Drive in New York City to Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, where she graduated at 16. As an aspiring actress, Lela Rogers invited her to join her Hollywood Playhouse at RKO Studios. The high point of her acting career was performing in the 1939 production of "The Women" at the Lyric Theatre in London's West End. WW II closed the theaters and ended her acting career.

She moved to Boston, with her young daughter, Julie, where she began working for The Christian Science Monitor. Dorothy then moved to Seattle where she became a Christian Science Practitioner, a career she loved for over 40 years, prayerfully and effectively supporting those requesting her help. She had a remarkable gift for connecting with people, and a great interest in everyone's story. Her non judgmental, expansive love and ready laugh brought joy to many. Her remarkable sense of style and color was also a constant hallmark.

Dorothy had a great love of travel and adventure. With the support of her husband, Buzz Furbush, she initiated trips with their two young children, Dean and Angela, to Great Britain and Japan, and then a move to England for 3 years of school. Years later, she traveled with grandchildren on adventures to San Francisco, Boston, London, Paris, Budapest, Cairo and St Petersburg. Not wanting to miss the historic fall of the Berlin Wall, she took a spontaneous trip to Berlin in 1989.

Her three children, their spouses, ten grandchildren and their spouses and her three great grandchildren have been so enriched by her love. As one granddaughter expressed it, "Grandmother always made me feel treasured."

A family remembrance was held in January. We will be forever grateful for the loving care Dorothy received at Sunrise Haven. Donations in her honor would be gratefully received.

Sunrise Haven, PO Box 6057, Kent, WA 98064.

Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 22, 2013
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