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 Dorothy M McIlvanie

Dorothy M McIlvanie

Birth
Missouri, USA
Death 7 Dec 2010 (aged 87)
Washington, USA
Burial Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 62715081 · View Source
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YAKIMA - Our mother, Dorothy (Albert) McIlvanie, returned to her Lord's hand on December 7th, 2010 in Yakima, WA. She was born on August 16th, 1923 in Nevada, MO but her parents Lester Albert and Rhoda nee Eynon took their farming venture to Iowa when Dorothy was only a year old but not for long: Lester was ever on the move. Eventually, after living in Missoula and Bearmouth, Montana, the farm in Dixon was the place she came to love as a child and remembered fondly all of her life even though she lost her mother there when she was only seven years old. (Later, as mother herself, when her children complained to her of having to walk a whole mile to school through the snow and freezing temperatures of Yakima winters she could always one-up their whining with a Montana winter story where the snow was twice as deep and the distance twice as far and the temperature twice as cold.) Lester moved again in 1936 to the Springfield, OR area, where Dorothy attended junior high school, but the family suffered ill health here, so they moved again to Sunnyside, WA in 1938. After graduating from Sunnyside High in 1941, she left home to study bookkeeping at Kinman Business College in Spokane and obtained board and room plus a dollar a week for doing the housekeeping of a local doctor. Her step mother, Gertrude, financed her daughters' schooling by picking hops for a penny a pound in Mabton.

Upon graduating in 1943, W. P. McIlvanie, proprietor of McIlvanie Machine Works in Yakima, hired her to do bookkeeping for his machine tool manufacturing operation. It was here she met and later married W. P.'s youngest son, William A, her husband for 62 years till death parted them. Married in 1948, they moved to Pullman, WA where Dorothy studied accounting for a year and then worked in the WSU accounting office as bookkeeper while Bill obtained his mechanical engineering degree. Mom said these were the happiest years of their lives. In 1950 they moved back to Yakima and the family business to which they devoted the remainder of their professional lives. Three children, William (Bill), Samuel (Sam) and Janet (Jan Brown) were raised, who also found their ways into professional careers as well as church, marriage and family.

Mom liked hobbies. Her favorites were gardening and cats. In her last years, after suffering stroke induced mental decline, her "kitties" were her constant companions. Her atypical dementia revealed a unique and charming wit -- a side of her personality her children might otherwise never have known. Always practical, even in her decline, she would say, "You have to make do with what you've got." She best dispensed her gentle agrarian wisdom with one-on-one kitchen table talks.

She is preceded in death by two siblings, Doris Coles, her twin sister, and Ray Albert. She is survived by her husband, all her children, five grandchildren, Matthew, Ben and Amy Brown, children of Jan and Jeff Brown, and Emily Johnson and Stepahnie Effler children of Sam and Ellen McIlvanie; four great grandchildren and one brother, Joseph Albert of Idaho Falls.

Visitation will be held 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 10, 2010 at Keith & Keith Ninth Avenue Chapel. A Graveside Service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at Tahoma Cemetery. A Memorial Service will follow at First Presbyterian Church at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Keith & Keith Funeral Home.


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  • Created by: Sharon Bailey
  • Added: 8 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62715081
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dorothy M McIlvanie (16 Aug 1923–7 Dec 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62715081, citing Tahoma Cemetery, Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Sharon Bailey (contributor 47054135) .