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Deloise Ann Shockley

1929 - 2018
Deloise Ann Shockley Obituary
Deloise Ann Shockley

September 16, 1929 - April 16, 2018

Our hearts and memories are full as we say goodbye to our loving mother, grandmother, and friend. On Monday, April 16, 2018, Deloise "Dee" Ann (Peterson) Shockley passed away peacefully at the age of 88 with family by her side.

Dee was born in Portland, Oregon, on September 16, 1929. She was the only child of Henry Peterson, a Swedish immigrant, and Ann (Mattson) Peterson of St. Helens, Oregon. Growing up, she enjoyed spending time with the Mattson family that lived in St. Helens. Her mother was the eldest of eleven children, so Dee had plenty of friends to play with, especially her cousin Patty. During her childhood she enjoyed ice skating, roller skating, playing the piano, and dance classes. She adored her little black Scottish Terrier, Pal.

Dee graduated from Grant High School with the class of 1948 and attended Oregon State University, where she joined the sorority Pi Beta Phi.

Dee married the love of her life, Dallas Shockley, in 1950, and went on to have four children who were her world: Kathy (Jay) Sternoff, Patrick (Sandy) Shockley, Becky (Jay) May, and Mick Shockley. Their early childhood years were spent in Athena and Ione, Oregon, where the family has fond memories. Dee loved living in Eastern Oregon.

In 1961, the Shockley family moved to Vancouver, Washington, where they were happy to live near their extended family in Battle Ground and Portland. They enjoyed being closer to life long friends, especially Dale and Kathy Walker. They also made new friends in the neighborhood. It was a great time in their life, and many of these friendships continued throughout their lifetime.

Dallas was hired by the Seattle Teachers Association in 1966, and the family relocated to Shoreline, Washington, where Dee lived until after Dallas's death in 2005. Dee was always active in her children's lives. She devoted her time to helping at school and attending her children's sports activities. She loved watching football, basketball, and baseball games, and a large part of these years were spent supporting their kids through countless practices and games.

As their kids got older and she had more free time, Dee enjoyed joining a bowling league and taking ski lessons. After Mick went to college in 1977, Dee started work at the Municipal Probation Department in Seattle, which provided material for some entertaining stories. She drove to work with Dallas, who worked as the Chief Examiner of the Public Safety Civil Service Commission for the City of Seattle. She worked at the Probation Department until 1992.

After Dee and Dallas retired they became "snowbirds," living in Las Vegas for roughly six months during the year. They enjoyed going to the casinos, eating out, and playing golf, but ultimately moved back to the Seattle area in 2000 to be closer to their family.

Dee became a grandmother after the birth of her first grandchild, Jayson Sternoff, with 9 more to follow. Tamara (Jason) Amala, Ryan (Jodi) Sternoff, Michael (Claire) Sternoff, Ashley Sullivan, Rachel (Luis) Vargas, Amanda (Ayumu) Suzuki, Ben Brock, Danielle (David) Hobbs and Katy (Justin) Bedell. She adored her grandchildren and they became a huge part of her life. She was active in all of their lives and spoiled them in ways only a grandmother can. She welcomed them for sleepovers and attended their sports games, graduations, choir concerts, and shopping trips. And of course, she always had a freezer full of Bon Bons.

The holidays with grandchildren were a magical time in the Shockley house. Dee and Dallas worked hard to provide for their family and Christmas was a time to celebrate. Every year the whole family gathered at Grandma and Grandpa Shockley's for Cioppino on Christmas Eve, followed by a big Christmas Day feast. Perry Como, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley Christmas albums blasted on the record player. The children waited patiently to open presents delivered directly from Santa Claus (Uncle Mick was oddly missing during this time). Dee and Dallas had accomplished nothing short of the American dream.

In her golden years, nothing made Dee light-up quite like her five great-grandchildren who loved to visit her for dancing and sweet treats.

Dee's memories will live on in her family who loved her dearly. She is remembered as a benevolent matriarch who made her children and family a priority.

On Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 3:00pm, we will say goodbye to Dee where she will be laid to rest next to Dallas at Evergreen Washelli Cemetery 11111 Aurora Ave. North Seattle, WA 98133.

In her memory, please consider making a donation to the Seattle Animal Shelter. Seattle Animal Shelter/Donations, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98119-2798

Every night before bed Dee would say the Lord's prayer with her children, which we now recite to honor her:

Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray the Lord my soul to keep,

If I should die before I wake,

I pray the Lord my soul to take.

May she rest in peace.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 22, 2018
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