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DOROTHY RUTH "DOTTIE" HARRINGTON(1917 - 2012)

Dorothy Harrington died peacefully in her sleep on September 30, 2012 at Birchview Memory Care in Sedro-Woolley, WA. She was 95 years old.

Dorothy was born August 13, 1917 to Minnie June and Ernie Walls in South Haven, Minnesota. Her youth was spent moving with her family from Minnesota to various places in Washington, and back again.

In 1935 Dorothy married the love of her life, Glen L. Harrington, in Effie, Minnesota where they lived on a homestead given to them by Grandma Harrington.

In the 1940s Dorothy and Glen moved to Aberdeen, WA where they raised four children and lived until retirement. Dorothy worked there for many years as a grocery clerk and knew everyone in town. She enjoyed playing golf and bridge, and volunteering for the local YMCA and St. Joseph's Hospital.

After Glen retired from the Weyerhaeuser Mill in 1975 they moved to Newberg, Oregon where they spent the next 15 years traveling, volunteering, and enjoying their grandchildren. After Glen's death, Dorothy lived independently until 2003 when she moved to Creekside Retirement Community in Burlington, WA to be near her daughter, Dorothy was a snappy dresser, and enjoyed many activities - especially parties! She also loved to walk and traveled many miles by foot, even on her walker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glen; 3 brothers, Kenneth, Hubert, and Earl Walls; and her son, Dennis.
Dorothy is survived by her sons, Larry (and Peggy) Harrington of McMinnville, Oregon and Mike Harrington of Canby, Oregon; daughter, Sue Harrington of Mount Vernon, WA; and special friends, Donna Sitts and Pat Clothier; grandchildren, Hailee, Miki, Racee, Tad, Lari, Linda, Wendy, Joe, Glen, Starr, Sherry, Rock, Pam, Bernadette, and Zach; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A special Thank You goes to the staff at Birchview Memory Care, Sedro-Woolley, who provided wonderful, loving care to "Miss Dottie" during her last months.

The family suggests memorials may be made in Dorothy's name to Hospice of the Northwest, or .

A graveside memorial will be held at a later date in Newburg, Oregon.

Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Oct. 5, 2012
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