|Birth: ||Jan. 23, 1912|
|Death: ||Sep. 10, 2009|
Elizabeth Hoffman Dasch was born in Portland, Jan. 23, 1912, to Lee Hawley Hoffman and Caroline Couch Burns Hoffman. She was the oldest of four children: Elizabeth, Lee, Burns and Eric.
Elizabeth "Liz" was interested in art at an early age and was encouraged by her grand-mother, Julia C. Hoffman, founder of the Oregon College of Arts & Crafts. Liz went to Miss Catlin's and Westover Schools. She attended Smith College, but left in her senior year. She created the botanical watercolor design of the Mount Hood lily from which prints were used in the interior decoration of the Timberline Lodge Works Progress Administration (WPA) project.
In 1935, she and Erskine Biddle Wood married, and the couple lived in Cambridge, Mass. They returned to Portland where their daughter, Mardi, was born in 1936; son, Spencer, in 1938; and son, Erskine, in 1942. Liz was a wonderful mother to her children, inspiring them to pursue their interests in arts and nature, skiing, fishing, camping and painting wildflowers of Central Oregon. She served on a number of Portland Art Museum committees.
She and Erskine divorced in 1956. Her friends, Dr. Richard Steiner, pastor of the Portland Unitarian Church, and his wife, Deborah, introduced her to Fredrick Dasch. Liz and Fred married in 1958. During these years Liz completed her college degree in art and education at Portland State University and Smith College. Liz and Fred moved to Gig Harbor, Wash., in 1963. She established herself as an accomplished artist, painting and drawing in enamels on copper plate and firing them in her kiln. She served on the board of the Tacoma Art Museum during its formative years.
In 1973, Liz and Fred built one of the early houses at Black Butte Ranch, designed by her architect son, Erskine. In Central Oregon, she had her most productive years in enamels and designing unique pieces of enamel jewelry sold in Sisters, Eugene and Tubac, Ariz., galleries. Fred died in 1985. Liz continued living in her Central Oregon home and spending winters in Green Valley, Ariz. In these years she had a wonderful friendship with Frank Marsh, a retired McMinnville attorney, recently a widower, whom she met at Black Butte Ranch. In 2001, she moved to a condominium in Sisters. Her many dear friends, children and spouses, nine grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren had many wonderful visits with her there.
She passed away Sept. 10, 2009, in her home, with her family at her bedside. She was 97½. Liz is survived by her brothers, Eric Hoffman of Portland and Burns Hoffman of Santa Barbara, Calif.; daughter, Mardi Wood of Bolinas, Calif.; sons, Spencer Wood and his wife, Layle of Boise, Idaho, and Erskine Wood and his wife, Sandy of Vancouver. A memorial gathering will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, in the Big Meadow restaurant, Black Butte Ranch.
Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)
Date: September 27, 2009
Frederick Woodrow Dasch (1918 - 1985)*
River View Cemetery
Plot: Sec 09, Lot 57, Grave 10
Created by: FriendsofRiverView
Record added: Dec 02, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 121157402