Obituary of Dorothianne B McDowell
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Dorothianne B. McDowell was born July 2, 1927 in Dillon, MT to Michael D. and
Katherine K. Boka. She died on October 18, 2022 at Coventry House in Othello,
WA. She met and married Dean W. McDowell in Dillon, MT after he returned
from WWII. She attended the University of Montana Western. She and her
husband left their hometown to teach school in Eltopia, WA. She taught the lower
grades while her husband, Dean, was in charge of the upper grades. After four
years, they moved to Long Lake, WA. where they taught at Ford Elementary
Their son, Dana, was born in 1952 and their daughter, Karlye, was born in 1955.
They moved to Lind, WA later that summer. Dean became principal and
Dorothianne taught first grade for ten years at the elementary school and then
moved to fourth grade where she remained until she retired. They raised their
family with many weekend travels and summer adventures back to Dillon, MT.
They also built a small cabin in Lincoln County near the Spokane arm of Lake
Roosevelt. Dorothianne received her B.A. Education from Eastern Washington
University and her Masters in Education from the University of Montana Western
during summer breaks.
After Dean died in 1993, Dorothianne had several exchange students stay with her
and attend high school in Lind. She enjoyed traveling, which included trips to
Washington D.C. and England. She took an excursion to the East where she visited
the Great Wall of China.
Dorothianne volunteered at a variety of places which included Samaritan Hospital,
The Old Hotel Art Gallery & Specialty Shop, and the Lind Senior Center. She also
provided rides to people who needed to get to appointments around the area.
Dorothianne was a regular attendee of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Lind and
later attended Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in Warden.
Dorothianne was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother,
Michael Daniel Boka of Las Vegas, NV. She is survived by her son and
daughter-in-law Dana L. and Deborah McDowell, daughter and son-in-law Karlye
K. and Michael Pixton, grandchildren Michael K. Pixton Jr. (Jennifer), Dorian
Shank (James), Jacqueline Logen-McDowell (Karsten Logen), and Rory C.
McDowell. Great grandchildren include Jacob and Karlye Shank and Leigh and
A memorial service for Dorothianne will be held at the Lind Lions Club on
Saturday, November 5, from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. In lieu of flowers please send
donations to the Lind Senior Center or the senior center of your choice.
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