Evelyn Jeannette Dolling

1925 - 2013


In Loving Memory

Evelyn Jeannette Dolling

November 4, 1925 – April 28, 2013

Evelyn Jeannette Dolling of Lowden,

Washington, passed away April

28, 2013, at the age of 87. She was

born November 4, 1925, in Spokane,

Washington to James Luthwood of

Lonmay, Scotland and Clara Winchester

Luthwood of Montana. Her

father, James, became a cowboy at

age 24 in Montana on the new steam tractors and later married Clara

Belle and moved to Spokane to work for Northern Pacific Railroad.

He stayed there and kept his specialty of dealing with steam engines

until he retired.

Evelyn went to school in Spokane. She worked at the Air Force Base

at Galena, working on the B17 and B24 bombers returning for repair

during World War II. During the War she met her first husband, Frank

H. Gardner USN, and married him while he was stationed at the US

Naval Base at Farragut, Idaho. During the early years of their marriage,

she traveled down the East coast following him where his boat

was docked. She rented rooms and got jobs in each town to support

herself. The last stay was in San Diego during his tour in the Pacific

Islands. When the War ended, her husband returned to Spokane to

attend Gonzaga, studying to become an engineer. Her son, Frank H.

Gardner Jr., was born at Farragut, Idaho on the Naval Base and her

daughter, Kathleen Ann Gardner Munns, was born in Spokane.

Frank and Evelyn moved to Lowden to farm in 1950. Frank died in

1953 of a heart attack, leaving Evelyn with two small children and a

farm. Evelyn worked together with her children to run the dairy farm.

In 1956 Evelyn married William Dolling Jr. and they farmed first on

his parent’s land where they lived next to William Sr. and Amy Dolling

who had raised and adopted his daughter from his first marriage.

They later moved back to her farm in Lowden

Evelyn liked to collect antiques and crochet, making many beautiful

crocheted items. Her grandchildren remember many games of poker,

monopoly, scrabble and several others. Both William and Evelyn were

avid antique collectors and were active in the Walla Walla Historical

Auto Club, and enjoyed attending many events.

Evelyn was active in a number of organizations. She was a long time

member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Lowden Study

Club and LOWATO Card Club. She was also a charter member of the

Walla Walla Historical Auto Club.

Survivors include one daughter, Kathleen Gardner Munns and husband

Dean; one son, Frank Gardner and his wife Marsha; one stepdaughter,

Jeanne Dolling; four grandchildren: Diana Munns Mudd

and her husband Andy, James Munns and wife Katherine, Jeanine

Edensworth and her husband Brett, and Ann Marie Gardner. She was

preceded in death by her parents, Clara and James Luthwood; both

husbands, Frank Gardner and William Dolling; and two brothers, Jack

Luthwood and Carl Luthwood.

Arrangements are entrusted to Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt , 1551

Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Memorial contributions

may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice through the funeral

home. The graveside service will be Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 10:00

am at Mountain View Cemetery, 2120 S. 2nd Avenue, Walla Walla. Walla

Walla Community Hospice Chaplain Terry Rice will officiate. Friends

and family may write memories and sign the online guestbook at



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