June 1, 1923 — Jan. 20, 2018
Dorothy Ann Anderson, 94, passed on Jan. 20, 2018, at Garden View Residences in Shoreline, Washington.
She was born in Astoria, Oregon, on June 16, 1923, to Oscar and Mayme (Hanhela) Johnson. She grew up in Rosburg, Washington, with her twin, Betty Marie, and brother, Kenneth Milton. She attended Riverside and Grays River elementary schools, and graduated from Naselle High School in 1942.
Dorothy resided in Seattle during World War II, and worked for Puget Sound Power. Dorothy married her high school sweetheart, Delbert (“Pinky”) Anderson, on July 28, 1943, in Seattle. Pinky was enlisted in the Army, and deployed overseas to the Pacific Islands for the war’s duration.
After the war, Dorothy and Pinky returned to Naselle, bought their house, and settled into postwar life. Dorothy enthusiastically embraced the role of homemaker and mother to Charlotte (1947) and Carolyn (1950). She enjoyed canning fruits, pickles and jams. Desserts were always “from scratch.” Dorothy loved making a variety of breads, including Finnish coffee bread. Dorothy usually had a sewing or knitting project going for herself, or for others.
Dorothy was always involved in community events. As a child, she learned to dance with her parents at the Rosburg community dances. As an adult, she and Pinky continued their love of dancing at the many local dances.
Dorothy worked for the county election board for Naselle elections. In 1960, she was the census enumerator for all Naselle. She was a Comet Booster Club member, and attended all sports events. Dorothy was always at her daughters’ church and school programs.
In 1971, Pinky transferred to Borneo, Indonesia, as a logging superintendent with Weyerhaeuser. Dorothy moved her household and talents to a jungle logging camp, making a home among 20 other expat wives. Dorothy learned Indonesian, and talked easily with Indonesian workers who sought her out for conversation. She created a cookbook, using favorite family recipes from other wives, to remember their gatherings.
While in Borneo, they traveled to many Far East countries. She has also traveled to Germany, England and Scotland. In 1974, they returned to the local area, and Pinky transferred to Weyerhaeuser, Kalama. In 1975, Pinky retired with a disability from Weyerhaeuser, and they moved to Puyallup, Washington.
Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Charlotte Anderson of Seattle, Washington, and Carolyn Anderson of Lynnwood, Washington; her grandson, Justin Anderson of Suvarna; and three great-grandsons, Tyler, 12, and twins Arik and Deven, 7, of King City, Oregon. Dorothy is also survived and remembered by her cousins, nieces and nephews on both sides of the family.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1984; her father, Oscar Johnson in 1957; her mother, Mayme, in 1983; her sister, Betty Bighill, in 1994; and her brother, Kenneth Johnson, in 2004.
Funeral services for Dorothy will be Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. at the Naselle Congregational Church, 14 Parpala Road. A lunch reception immediately follows the services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Peaceful Hill Cemetery, P.O. Box 47, Naselle, WA 98638.
Condolences can be left at penttilaschapel.com, or sent to Charlotte and Carolyn Anderson, 4125 Beach Drive S.W., Seattle, WA 98116.