June 2, 1912 - May 21, 2012
Dorothy Lucile Kloepping Croker died on May 21, 2012, at Givens Estates retirement community in Asheville, N.C. She was born June 2, 1912, in St. Paul, Minn., to Henry H. and Laura Mae Bean Kloepping. She grew up in Salem, Ore. She married Morris C. Croker in 1939. After brief time in Los Angeles; Bremerton, Wash., and Stanwood, Wash., they moved to Walla Walla. Several years after Morris's death in 1987, she moved to Givens Estates and resided there until her death.
Dorothy was a graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in home economics. She owned Kiddie Kollege, a preschool and kindergarten, for 10 years, before teaching kindergarten in the Milton-Freeswater public school system until her retirement.
She was an active member of Pioneer United Methodist Church in Walla Walla for more than 40 years. In Asheville she was a member of the Serendipity Sunday School class at Central United Methodist Church and an active supporter of Holy Ground. During her retirement she loved traveling with her family in the United States as well as abroad.
Dorothy is survived by son, Bill and wife Carolyn of Grass Valley, Calif.; daughter, Jean of Kingsport, Tenn.; son, Paul and wife Katherine of Springfield, Ore.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service and celebration will be held Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m. in the Givens Estates chapel. Ed Hillman and Sandra Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Salem, Ore. at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104 or Pioneer United Methodist Church, 209 E. Birch Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362.