DOROTHY (BROWN) STOVER (1921 - 2014)

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Dorothy Stover, 93, a resident of Sedro Woolley, WA, passed away at her home in Country Meadow Village on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 after a long and full life.

Dorothy was born on February 6, 1921 in Parma, Idaho, the daughter of William Denver and Mildred (Stratton) Brown.

Shortly after her birth the family moved to Sedro Woolley where Dorothy was raised. She attended the schools there and picked strawberries during the summer to earn spending money and help the family, a common activity for children then. She also worked after school cleaning houses.

Working at the Cascade Cafe in 1940 she met Robert (Bob) Harding, who had a job with the U.S. Soil Survey. They were married in 1941. Shortly afterward her husband joined the Navy and Dorothy followed him to the various west coast ports he was stationed in and waited hopefully for him to return from his several cruises to the western Pacific.

After the war they moved to Columbus, Ohio, where Dorothy worked as a house mother at Ohio State University to support their growing family while Bob studied for his degree. Following graduation the family moved to Riverside, CA, where Bob worked at the University of California and Dorothy took care of their three sons. After the boys were grown she began work as a teacher's aide.

When Bob retired in 1972 they moved to Sedro Woolley where Dorothy continued to work as a teacher's aide and look after her husband, who was ill. Bob passed away in January 1981.

Dorothy and Jim Stover were married in June 1984. Then began a new chapter in her life as she and Jim traveled in their RV to Arizona and other places in the winter and returned to Burlington in the spring to plant their beloved garden, tend the fruit trees and flowers and freeze, can and dry their produce.

After Jim passed on in 2008 Dorothy moved to Country Meadow Village where she enjoyed the many activities, particularly the book club, and was well looked after by the staff, her extended family and friends.

Dorothy was a devoted wife and mother. She raised her three sons to work hard and to love learning. Even after they were grown she was always concerned about their welfare and happiness. She took care of Bob throughout his long illness without wavering.

Dorothy loved her life with Jim, traveling, visiting family and friends, growing and preserving. And she loved doing that in the Skagit valley, the place she always thought of as home.

Dorothy is survived by her sons Robert and Douglas, daughter-in-law Cielo Harding, her grandchildren Michael Harding, Joshua Harding and Jessica Harding, her brothers Ken Brown and Howard Brown, her sister-in-law Shirley Brown, her step-children Ann Tennyson, Jaye Stover, Bets Stover, Jeff Stover and Bert Stover, and her step-grandchildren Parr Stover and Preston Stover.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her first husband Bob, her second husband Jim, her eldest son Frank and her sisters Marie Palmer and Wilma Bergstedt.

Special thanks to Ann Tennyson, Jaye Stover, Fay Hoyt and the caregivers for their love and tireless devotion to Dorothy. Also thanks to Dr. Stark for many years of care and Hospice of the Northwest for helping Dorothy's extended family through this difficult time.
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