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Dorothy Marion Olsen Balch
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Birth: Feb. 20, 1923
Sanpete County
Utah, USA
Death: Nov. 21, 2009
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA

Balch, Dorothy Marion ~ 86
02/20/1923 - 11/21/2009

Dorothy Marion Olsen Balch, 86, passed away Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, in the comfort care unit of Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital & Medical Center after a brief illness. Dorothy lived in Portland since 1969 when she moved here with her husband, Robert A. Balch. Born in Gunnison, Utah, the only child of Bertha Carolus and Frank Olsen, Dorothy grew up in Bozeman and later Butte, Mont. She graduated with a degree in home economics from Montana State University. Dorothy's first husband, LaRue Cantrell, was killed in World War II. She and her second husband, Bob, raised their family in Butte and later, Spokane. Dorothy was a devoted and loving spouse, mother and grandmother. She greatly enjoyed time with her family and friends telling stories, reciting poems from memory and playing songs from the '40s and Christmas music on the organ. Her wonderful sense of humor and loving ways will be deeply missed. Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Patricia, and son-in-law, Daney Dumdeang, Portland; daughter, Linda, and son-in-law, David Boomer, Lancaster, Pa.; five grandchildren, Dona Dumdeang; Peter Dumdeang, and his wife, Myla Middal, and Thomas Dumdeang, Portland; Sara Boomer, Hillsboro; and Tracy Boomer Cutler, and her husband, Andrew Cutler, Lancaster; and five great-grandchildren, Kyra, Khai and Alena Dumdeang, Portland; and Benjamin and Anna Cutler, Lancaster. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; and her son, Steven Arnold Balch. A service of celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, in Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, 2401 S.W. Taylors Ferry Road. The Rev. Myoung Sub Cho will officiate. A private burial will be held. Memorial gifts may be offered to Capitol Hill Methodist Church or Downtown Chapel, 601 W. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97209.

Published in The Oregonian on November 25, 2009
Family links: 
  LaRue Cantrell (1921 - 1945)
  Robert A Balch (1921 - 1981)
Willamette National Cemetery
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Created by: Jan
Record added: Nov 25, 2009
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Dorothy Marion <i>Olsen</i> Balch
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