Dorothy Harriet (McDonald) Wittman|
January 20, 1915 - June 4, 2013
SALEM - Born to Roy S McDonald and Ethel B Dressell at home in Kasota Village, Minnesota on January 20, 1915. Her family was transferred by the rail road to Billings, Montana where she grew up and finished high school at Billings High. Her love of teaching began as a teenager when she was a Sunday school teacher at the First Congregational Church in Billings. She eventually received her teaching credentials at Montana State Normal School in Billings and began her professional career teaching far out on the back prairies of Montana near Billings. She married William A Wittman during this time in her life however teachers weren't allowed to be married so she and dad had to be real sneaky in order to keep her job. She taught for 7 years in these one room school houses before moving with her husband to Lovell, Wyoming. She continued teaching there for another 13 years and raising two boys. Her family moved again to Salem, Oregon in 1956 where she added another 18 years teaching at Grant Elementary school eventually achieving Master Teacher status. She continued her educational program earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Oregon College of Education in Monmouth, Oregon. She was a proud and faithful member of the Daughters of the Nile, Nydia Temple #4 in Portland, and the Eastern Star for over 60 years.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 62 years William A. Wittman. She is survived by her two sons William M. Wittman of Las Vegas, NV; and Robert Wittman of Salem, OR; grandson William P. Wittman (Paige, Brody, Reese); granddaughter Jene Wittman (Shalyn, Liberty, Truly, Justice) step grandson Ray Murray (Traci, Lindsey, Hunter, Mason); step granddaughter Amber Baker (Bryan, Kashia, Justin, Jamel).
She was especially proud of the fact that she was a third cousin to the first Premier of Canada Sir John A. McDonald. She recalls that some of her McDonald relatives would tell her many stories of the "Old Country" using their thick Scottish Brogues.
In her 98 1/2 years her sense of humor and amazing ability of forgiveness will be forever etched in the hearts and minds of those of us so privileged to know her and love her. She was the sweetest, kindest most loving person to ever guide her entire family through the rough road of life. She personified the entire scope of Christian values and set the bar extremely high for the rest of us to follow. The last words anyone heard her speak was "I love you too".
A viewing will be from Noon to 6 pm on Tuesday, June 18 at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, 605 Commercial St SE, Salem. Services will be held in the Virgil T. Golden Chapel, on Wednesday, June 19, at 2 pm. She will be interred in the mausoleum at Belcrest Memorial Park along side of her beloved husband. No graveside services are planned and no reception is scheduled at this time.
Dorothy spent her last year in Irma Sandoval's Adult Foster Care home where she quietly and peacefully crossed over into the loving arms of her Savior at 11:35 pm June 4 with Irma and her beloved "Bertah" by her side. Special thanks to Irma for treating our mother with dignity and respect. Irma loved our mother as though she was her own family and tended to her with professional knowledge and extra, extra TLC. God Bless.
Also special thanks and cudo's to Joanna Bell who was mom's incredible caregiver and companion for over 6 years and became an indispensable part of our family, certainly made life so much easier and better for Dorothy and our family. Joanna's abilities and compassionate understanding of care giving for the elderly is second to none. Thanks for loving mom and always keeping her best interests at heart.
Published in StatesmanJournal from June 12 to June 13, 2013