Dec. 18, 1922 - Jan. 28, 2012
Dorothy L. Book of Milton-Freewater passed away Jan. 28, 2012, at the Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla at the age of 89 years. Funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Bethel Baptist Church in Milton-Freewater with Pastor Jeff Beazley and Pastor Duane Geyer officiating. Concluding services and interment in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater.
Mrs. Book was born Dec. 18, 1922, in Abilene, Kan., the daughter of Ira B. and Naomi B. Sampson Noel. She grew up in Dickinson County in Kansas, where she attended Chronister Elementary School. There she fell in love at a young age with Ethan Grant Book. In school they would pass notes back and forth to each other behind the teacher's back. The notes didn't say much more than, "I love you, do you love me?" says Ethan. The couple dated until Ethan's sophomore year in 1938, when he was forced to move away with his parents. The couple thought they would never see each other again. Sixty years later, Ethan was able to track down Dorothy's phone number and gave her a call. Ethan then decided to fly in from Virginia to see Dorothy and after 60 years, the minute he walked off the plane, they knew each other. It was only months later that the couple finally got married on June 28, 1988, in Spokane. "She truly was my high school sweetheart," says Ethan. After high school, Mrs. Book attended college and later became a teacher. She worked as a Head Start teacher, music teacher (60 students per week in Eldorado Springs, Mo.), voice teacher and yoga instructor. She most recently worked at the Eastern Oregon Training Center with the handicapped. She enjoyed music, teaching music, recipe books and needlepoint. Mrs. Book was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Ethan G. Book at the home; two daughters, Deanne Lee Felton of Milton-Freewater and Paula Jean Henderson of Spokane; seven grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. xx