Dorothy was born in Kansas City, Missouri to Sophie and Arthur Wickens. As a toddler, her family moved to Tacoma, Washington. She attended school there, graduating from Lincoln High School, then onto college at Pacific Lutheran University.
She met her future husband at a dance at Fort Lewis, WA. They were married on January 26, 1946. They had three children.
She was a homemaker. She was very involved in her children's activities. She became a Brownie Leader and a Cub Scout leader. Gardening and knitting were things she enjoyed in her spare time.
She moved to Oregon in 1964 and lived in Lk. Oswego, Portland, and Scholls, before moving to Salem. While living in Scholls she was a member of the Scholls Women's Club. She also ran her own antique shop: Scholls Ferry Antiques.
She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Wesley; as well as a daughter Terrie Ross (Salem) and son Greg Ross (Bend). Nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters: Margie Johnson, and Ruth Wickens. Her youngest daughter, Kathy Flath died in December, 2003.
The family wishes to thank First Call Home Health Care, the Southern Hills staff. Serenity Hospice, and Miles, at Johnson Funeral Home, for their care of Dorothy.
Memorial Contributions to: Serenity Hospice, 6444 Fairway Ave. SE, Salem, OR 97306.Service will be held Sunday, May 7th at 2pm., at Southern Hills Assisted Living 4795 Skyline Rd. S., Salem; where she and her husband have resided since 2012.
Sunday May 7, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
Southern Hills Assisted Living
4795 Skyline Rd. S., Salem OR 97302