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Dorothy Neff

1916 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Dorothy Neff Obituary
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Dorothy Neff

Dorothy Neff passed away peacefully in the loving arms of family on Feb. 26, 2014 at her home in Kent, Wa. She was born Nov. 17, 1916 in Englevale, ND to William Ralph and Grace Humphrey. She grew up on the family farm until completing High School, when they moved to the Seattle area. A farmer's wife, she married Harris Cavett and they ran a dairy farm until his sudden passing. She then married Joe Neff and they continued to run the farm until his retirement in 1999. Neff Farms was always a hub of activity, and all who visited experienced Joe and Dorothy's legendary hospitality, only leaving after a good drink, and full of homemade salami or pie. In retirement at George, Wa., Dorothy's strength and ability to always live for the present and future carried her into her 90's, when no illness or accident however serious, could keep her down for very long. She enjoyed semi-regular trips to the casino to play the slot machines, and until her final days, enjoyed her weekly card games, bingo, meals, and other activities with friends at Farrington Court in Kent. She is survived by her daughters, Diane Walton of Parkland, Dolores Cavett of Arlington, Heidi Elliott (Bruce) of Kent, daughter in law Carol Cavett of Orting; brother Dean (Helen) of Fargo, N. Dakota,; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Fowler and Duane; sisters, Viola and Barbara; husbands Harris Cavett and Joe Neff; sons, Joey Neff, Gary Cavett; grandson, Jeff Walton and son in law Dave Walton.

A memorial service will be held at Price-Helton Funeral Home in Auburn on Friday, March 7, at 11:00am. Remembrances can be made to the Swiss Sportsmen's Club of Tacoma (c/o Swiss Kids Kamp) or Providence Hospice. Mom was humble, never complained and always put the needs of others before her own. She was considered a mentor and inspiration to so many friends and family, she will be deeply missed.

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Published in The Seattle Times from Mar. 4 to Mar. 5, 2014
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