Dorothea Amy Waters

Pianist, 96Dorothea Amy Waters, 96, of Naselle, Wash., died Thursday, March 13, 2003, at her home.

Mrs. Waters was born March 15, 1906 in Icklesham, England, to William Ernest and Alice Lucy Fuller Coomber.

She married Cyril Mafeking Evans in London; they later divorced. In 1955, she married Harold Wilfred Waters; they later divorced.

At an early age, Mrs. Waters started playing the piano, giving her first concert in London at the age of 6. She earned a degree from the Royal Academy of Music. She traveled to the United States in the 1930s and formed an all-women band, "The Harmony Aces." She also traveled to Panama and Cuba before returning to England at the outbreak of World War II. She was a member of the Entertainments National Service Association and performed for the troops. In the 1960s, she emigrated to the United States with her daughter. She lived in Salt Lake City where she performed, then gave piano lessons and conducted her church choir until 1989. In 1999, she moved to Naselle.

Family members say Mrs. Waters was also a fine artist who was artist-in-residence at Harrods in London, painting fireplace screens. She also enjoyed playing Scrabble, doing crossword puzzles, playing cards, knitting, gardening and telling stories.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Gail Evans Davern and Tim Liddiard of Naselle; three grandchildren and a spouse, Jenny Patty and Jim Caldwell of Stayton, Luke Flockerzi of Amherst, Mass., and Fritha Strand Davern of Naselle; a niece, Joy Ford of Sussex, England; three great-grandchildren, Taya, Bronte and Emma Patty-Caldwell, all of Stayton; and two stepchildren and a spouse, Cynthia and Jim Lehane of Plymouth, England, and Anthony Waters of Sussex. Two brothers, Gilbert Coomber and Leonard Coomber, a grandson, Kyle Andrew Patty, many friends and her dog Brecon, died earlier.

Weddle Funeral Home in Stayton is in charge of arrangements.

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