Dorothy Jean Burgess Sarpola, of Knappa, died Thursday, June 29, 2006, in Astoria.

She was born to Thomas Orlando and Hazel Sylvina (Tillson) Burgess Oct. 1, 1922, in Bismarck, N.D. She was raised in Glasgow, Fairview and Sidney, Mont.

She graduated from Sidney High School, and attended the University of Montana and the University of Oregon.

She married Ted Sarpola in February 1947, in Chehalis, Wash. He died in 1986.

The Sarpolas lived in Baker, The Dalles, Clatskanie and Astoria. They retired to Knappa. Mrs. Sarpola worked as a clerk for North American Aircraft in California during World War II, and wrote some of the specifications for the paint on the P-51RAF airplane. In Astoria, she worked as a substitute teacher, and later at the Bumblebee Cannery.

She was a member of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), and a charter member of the Lower Columbia Classics Car Club.

Family members said that painting, especially portraits and still lifes, was her lifelong passion. She also enjoyed gardening, reading, photography, family reunions and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Sarpola is survived by a daughter and her companion, Susan Scarborough and Rob Wait of Astoria; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Tom Sarpola of Astoria, Ted Sarpola of Burien, Wash., Rod and Jan Sarpola of Astoria and John and Nancy Sarpola of Corvallis; two granddaughters, Tami Scarborough of Portland and Cathy Kandoll, and her husband, Cameron, of Kent, Wash.; five grandsons, Brad, Troy and Eric Sarpola, all of Astoria, Matt Sarpola, and his wife, Karli, and Dave Sarpola, all of Corvallis; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom and Merle Burgess of Lake Oswego and James and Dorothy Burgess of Hamilton, Mont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hughes-Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries of Astoria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of Hughes-Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries, 576 12th St., Astoria, OR 97103.

Hughes-Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries is in charge of the arrangements.


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