Dorothy Dishaw

July 1, 1912 – Jan. 13, 2008

Dorothy Loretta Dishaw, 95, died Jan. 13, 2008 in Vancouver, Wash.

She was born July 1, 1912 in Toledo, Ohio. She moved to Albany as a child, where she studied music. She attended Albany College, where she met and married her sweetheart, Harold Dishaw. They had two daughters.

After living in several small towns in western Oregon, they moved to Sweet Home in 1944. After some time, they replaced the apple orchard next to their small home with a trailer park, which they owned and managed for the Green Peter dam workers. Harold Dishaw worked as the high school principal and later as superintendant and Mrs. Dishaw was his secretary.

They enjoyed being involved local community groups and events and they were founding members of the Sweet Home United Methodist church, where Mrs. Dishaw was the organist.

She enjoyed accompanying soloists on the piano and was recognized from a young age as a gifted musician.

Mrs. Dishaw was often seen walking through Sweet Home, as she never learned to drive. She also loved to entertain and play bridge and was well known as an amazing cook. She tended a very large garden behind their home.

The Dishaws left Sweet Home after about 30 years and eventually retired in Vancouver, Wash., to be near their family.

Mrs. Dishaw is survived by her daughter, Dorothy Ann Giesy; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grand child.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold, in 2003 after celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary, and by their daughter, Barbara Seavers, in 2004.

A funeral service was held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Vancouver.