Dorothy Lorraine Lee (Dalton) passed away on July 1, 2013, at Montgomery Home in Walla Walla after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Dottie was born on Nov. 26, 1918, in Bellingham to Charles and Ella Dalton.
Dottie was a good student and graduated from high school at the age of 16. She attended Washington State College (Kappa Delta Sorority) in Pullman, while living in Spokane, and worked as a secretary for the Washington Water Power, where she met the love of her life, Bob Lee. They were married in Spokane on Dec. 14, 1941. In 1942, she put Bob on a train in Portland to enter the Navy during the war. She didn’t see him for the next three years. After his return, they made their home in Portland and raised two sons. Bob worked for Bonneville Power, and in 1969 his job ended up taking them to Walla Walla, where he retired. They spent years in retirement together as “snowbirds,” trailering to Tucson in the winter and back to Walla Walla in the spring. She played piano and ukulele, and they made many trips together to Hawaii. Dottie was an accomplished typist and stenographer and worked as a secretary part-time on several occasions during her years as a mother and homemaker. She loved gardening and played bridge regularly at the Walla Walla Country Club, the Walla Walla Elks Lodge and at friends’ homes.
She loved her family dearly and traveled long distances to be near them whenever possible. Dottie had many close friends whom she cherished over the years.
She was preceded in death by her beloved Bob; her brother, Wilbur. She is survived by her sons, Steve (Kristin) of Walla Walla, Dave (Susan) of Lebanon, Ore.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She will be missed by all her family and friends.
No service is planned at Dottie’s request. The family will gather at a later date. Donations may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice.