Dorothy L. Brock

1924 - 2012

Dorothy L. Brock died August 21, 2012, at home. She was born March 17, 1924, in Osakis, MN to Louis and Lillie Moore. She was the youngest of four children and the only girl in the family. The family members were small, diversified farmers who were able to support themselves by everyone working long hours. Dorothy spent the first 18 years of her life as a hard-working farm girl.

After graduating from Bertha Minnesota High School, Dorothy left farming and entered Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. In college she took pre-nursing then entered nurses training at the Florida Sanitarium and Hospital in Orlando, Florida. She graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1946.
In 1945 Dorothy’s parents moved to Pendleton, Oregon to leave behind the severe Minnesota winters and to find an easier work life. Dorothy came to visit her parents and there she met George Brock who had recently completed his military service. They were married in Pendleton on July 1, 1948.
The next ten years were career-building moves from colleges to universities for George and the births of Carolyn and Susie. During these years Dorothy did an appreciable amount of hospital nursing.

In 1966, a move to the Tri-Cities opened an opportunity for Dorothy in Public Health Nursing which eventually resulted in the Public Health Department sponsoring her return to school for training as a Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Healthcare. This training was at the Newark, New Jersey School of Medicine and Dentistry. Following graduation she held Nurse Practitioner licenses and prescriptive authority in both Oregon and Washington.
A return to Walla Walla for retirement in 1982 did not last long. Dorothy was recruited as the Nurse Practitioner by Planned Parenthood, where she worked for several more years. Dorothy’s nursing career covered a span of 50 years. After finally retiring, Dorothy played a major role as a volunteer in developing the File of Life program in this valley.

In addition, church activities and motorcycle trail riding were among Dorothy’s special interests throughout her life. She was a master seamstress who did clothing, altering and repair for many at no charge.

Dorothy is survived by husband George; daughters: Carolyn Karlstrom and husband Rick; Susan Ratcliff and husband Bob; grandson, Brock Purvis and granddaughter, Tory Ratcliff; and brother, Wayne Moore.

Family and friends may pay their respects from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday, August 27, 2012, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington. The funeral will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at the funeral home. Lois Blackwelder of the Walla Walla University Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Outreach through the funeral home.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at

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