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Doris Laverna "Dody" (Crawford) Church


1934 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Doris "Dody" Laverna Church passed away from heart complications Jan. 24 at Kittitas Valley Health & Rehab Center in Ellensburg, Wash. She was 76.
Dody was born Sept. 8, 1934 in Seattle, Wash., to Lavern and Hazel Crawford.
A friend introduced her to her husband, Willis Carlyle Church, in 1954 while he was in the military, stationed at Fort Lawton, Seattle. They were married on June 2, 1956.
In 1970, the couple moved to Ellensburg, where they lived with their five children.
Dody loved to spend time with her entire family, which includes 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. In recent years, she became interested in genealogy and began tracking down distant members of her ever-growing family. No matter how many relatives she tracked down, Dody had lots of love to give everyone.
She also had a fondness for animals, and was forever caring for abandoned and unwanted furry friends.
Her love of animals extended to the rest of her life, too. She was very involved with 4-H and the Kittitas County Fair. She was also a 23-year volunteer with the Community Accountability Board.
As for her professional life in Ellensburg, Dody retired from the dining services department of Central Washington University, where she enjoyed working with the students every day.
In her spare time, Dody loved to crochet, collect salt and pepper shakers and commemorative spoons and spend time with lifelong friend Darlene Miller.
Dody is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brother James Crawford and sisters Kathryn Wilkes and Joyce Crawford.
She is survived by her children: Ed (Regi) Church, of Pocatello, Idaho, Jeff Church, of Ellensburg, Susan (Noel) Yingling, of Moses Lake, Wash., Lisa McGaha, of Yakima, Wash., and Ron (Donna) Church, of Renton, Wash.; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
There will be no formal graveside service.
Memorials may be donated to The Humane Society.
Published in Daily Record from Feb. 4 to Feb. 11, 2011
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