Dorothy I. Dutton
Dorothy Bates Dutton, 92, died March 2, 2011, at the home of her
daughter in Enterprise, Oregon. A graveside service will be held at 1:00
p.m., Thursday, March 17, 2011, at Mountain View Cemetery, 2120 S. 2nd
Avenue, Walla Walla, Washington.
The second of six children, Dorothy
was born September 17, 1918, to Dudley
and Maynen R. Vargason Bates, in Brown
County, Nebraska, north of Long Pine
on Buffalo Flats. On March 23, 1938,
she and Harold W. Dutton married in
Bassett, Nebraska. In 1941, they moved
to Casper, Wyoming and subsequently in 1947 to Walla Walla,
She worked as a waitress and hostess at the Grand Hotel
for 15 years until it was demolished in 1962. She assisted her
husband of 57 years with the construction of several homes in
the Walla Walla area. She was a very active, talented and creative
lady - painting, quilting, restoring antiques and decorating. She
was an accomplished homemaker and was very involved with
the Walla Walla County Extension Service and 4-H clubs for 35
years. She was proud of being Walla Walla County Extension
Homemaker of the Year in 1983.
She was a member of the First Congregational Church, Lady
Elks, Lodge #287, Independent Order of Foresters and several
craft, painting and musical groups.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and
Glenn McDonald of Enterprise, Oregon; grandchildren: Clay
McDonald of Gresham, Oregon, Kelly Coutant of Lostine,
Oregon, Larry Dutton, Jr. of College Place, Washington; five greatgrandchildren;
three sisters: Neva Vetter of Omaha, Nebraska,
Opal Fausti of Walla Walla and Donna Gonzales of Vacaville,
California; a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Jan Bates also of
Walla Walla; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded
in death by her parents; her husband, Harold Dutton; a son, LarryDutton; a brother, Donald Bates and a niece, Katherine Faust iDawes.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's
Association through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551
Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.