Dorothy E. Byers
1933 - 2020
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Dorothy E. Byers

Our loving mother and grand-mother, Dorothy King Byers, 87, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2020 at Mirabella in Seattle with family by her side.

Dorothy was born in Everett, Washington to Dorothy and Harold King and had 2 brothers, Jack and Donne, her twin. She will be lovingly remembered by her four children: Mike, Sue, Doug (Patti) and Kathy (Eric) and six grandchildren: Christopher, Casey, Natalie, Alex, Burke and Blake. Her smile lit up with visits from her wonderful grandchildren. They showered her with love, precious drawings, handmade cards; and countless treasures we used to decorate her room.

Mom had a sharp wit and great sense of humor that was appreciated by her many friends and neighbors. Though she never fully recovered from losing her lifelong sweetheart and best friend, Bob, in 2011, they will forever be remembered as the dynamic duo, soulmates, and Mr. & Mrs. Husky.

Dorothy graduated from the University of Washington in 1955 with a degree in Dietetics and was an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She worked at Swedish Hospital before starting a family.

Mom was an active part of her community taking on roles as a Den Mother, Garden Club Member, and PTA volunteer -

receiving the Golden Acorn Award at Arrowhead Elementary where she raised funds for a new playground. She attended every baseball, basketball, volleyball, track, tennis match, musical, play and concert we ever had. Her support of our activities will always be remembered fondly.

After raising her four kids, Mom devoted much of her time to Seattle Children's. She volunteered at the hospital for 25 years, was a lifetime guild member, a Guardian Circle member and a Circle of Care member. In 1996 she was awarded the Anna Clise Award for exceptional volunteerism.

Mom and Dad had fabulous adventures & loved entertaining their many friends, whether it was boating, traveling, sail gating, playing bridge, golf, or hosting Oscar parties complete with the red carpet in Palm Desert. Mom and Dad were diehard Husky fans and attended many, many football and basketball games. They attended the Orange Bowl, the Whammy in Miami and Rose Bowls of 78, 81, 91 and 92, as well as the Sun Bowl and the Holiday Bowl. They were Tyee Club members, Seattle Yacht Club members, Inglewood Country Club members, Ironwood Country Club members and members of Inglewood Presbyterian Church.

A fond memory of our mom is: after telling us not to feed the stray German Shepard that followed us home after school, she was "caught" feeding him hot dogs and cottage cheese. Rusty found his forever home with Mom's sneaky TLC.

Per Mom's request, there will be no service. Remembrances can be made to the Byers Family Endowment at Seattle Children's - PO Box 5371 S-200 Seattle, WA 98145 or a charity of your choice.

Please sign Dorothy's online Guestbook at

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Published in The Seattle Times on Sep. 13, 2020.
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September 27, 2020
I was greatly saddened to learn of Dorothy's passing from two of our Kappa pledge class sisters. Dorothy was an absolute delight to know. I was with her at UW for only one year, but we met many times over the past 69 years at reunion luncheons. I ended up in Eugene and became a Duck, but Dorothy accepted me as a loyal Husky except when our teams played each other. She never failed to greet me with the same great spirit she showed to everyone.
Marianne Maynard
September 20, 2020
Dorothy was the epitome of grace! She was so warm and welcoming, always with her beautiful smile. She and Bob seemed to be made for each other - I'm sure that Bob will be thrilled to have her at his side again. Their light will shine on. We appreciate their deep commitment to Seattle Children's Hospital. With deepest sympathy for the Byers family,
Kathy Sie
September 18, 2020
To all the Byers family we express our sympathy and condolences. Dorothy was a friend of ours since college days. I loved her "smartness," her dependability and of course, her wit. She was always fun to be with. I have missed being able to talk with her these last months. She and your dad were truly a class A act. They are missed.
Sunny and Kirk Kaynor
September 16, 2020
Thinking of the Byers family at this sad time. Dorothy and I were in the same Kappa pledge class at the U of W, she was in our wedding party in Aberdeen in 1955, had good times on their yacht before Husky games and attended reunion luncheons at the Seattle yacht club.
She and that big smile will be missed by everyone.
Dorothy Byers
September 16, 2020
Dorothy and were in the same pledge class at the Kappa house and were friend for many years. A memory was going to Lake Louise in Canada for the national Kappa convention her Mother drove and it was a great trip. We did do Husky games after graduation and then stayed in touch with Christmas cards as I now live on Lummi Island
Helen Stocker
September 13, 2020
We always enjoyed our times with Dorothy and Bob at family times and reunions. So sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful aunt and friend. May the Lord give you peace, knowing she is home with Bob. Kove you guys.
Patricia & Gary Byers
September 13, 2020
Byers Family- Your mom/grandma was a very special lady to all of us lucky to know her. She and your dad were a dynamic duo and a force for good - be it for the UW or Seattle Children's who benefited greatly.

All of you have been so wonderful to her, especially these last few years.

Cherish your memories, they will sustain you during the coming days.
Sending you each a big hug!
Sally Habegger
September 13, 2020
Dorothy was such a lovely lady who greeted friends with such a lovely smile. I shall miss seeing her in the cafe and hallways of Mirabella. My most sincere sympathy to Dorothy's loving family.
Judy Rourke
September 13, 2020
We have fond memories of Dorothy and Bob at Inglewood Golf Club and at many automobile dealership events. Sending our deepest condolences on the passing of your dear mother.
Jack and Barbara Carroll
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