Dorothy (Dot) Jean Miller
January 14, 1924 ~ October 18, 2013
Dorothy (Dot) Jean Miller, 89 of Manson, passed away Friday, October 18, 2013. She was born to Clemmie (Nowlin) Sherwood and Henry Clay Sherwood in Almira, WA on January 14, 1924. At an early age, the family moved to Tonasket, WA, where she attended school. She married Bernard Miller on November 14, 1941. They moved to Seattle, where he was a plant manager for Todd Shipyards during World War II, building destroyers. In 1950, they moved to Bridgeport, WA, where they managed a lumber yard during the construction of Chief Joseph Dam. In 1956, they purchased an apple orchard in Manson, where they raised their family and farmed for many years. Dorothy spent many hours driving a tractor during the growing season and at harvest. In 1971, she operated Kamei Resort on Wapato Lake for the next 20 years, before reducing her time to two days a week, which continued until three years ago when she finally retired.
Dorothy had the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world and throughout the United States. She also rarely missed any of the many sporting events, concerts and drama productions, that her grandson, Jonathan (JJ) and granddaughter, Sierra, participated in while attending Manson Secondary School. She also delighted in attending Sierra’s dance and piano recitals. Being a dedicated grandmother kept her very busy, traveling frequently to Oregon for special events involving Sean and Derek. Dorothy was a great mother and grandmother and a delight to all who knew her. She was also considered the “world’s best apple pie baker”. She was independent, strong willed, a generous supporter of the Lake Chelan Hospital and an active member of Guild E. She also enjoyed the occasional visit to Mill Bay Casino, where she seemed to enjoy good success. We all feel lucky to have been a part of her life.
Dorothy was preceded in death by husband, Bernard, in 1991; and her brothers, Jack and Earl; sister, Irene; and grandson, Darren.She is survived by four children and their families: Fred (Nancy) Miller and Elaine (Ben) Smalley of Manson, Kathy (Scott) Stickel of Fairview, OR and Carolyn (Rick) Wills of Huber City, OH. She is also survived by grandchildren, Jonathan, Sierra, Derek, Sean, Richard, and Penny; and great-grandchildren, Ian, Kyle and Evan.
A Memorial Reception, open to all, will be held at the Banjo Creek Farms conference center in Manson from 2:00 to 4:00 on Saturday November 2, 2013. Any that wish to donate in her memory: the Lake Chelan Hospital Foundation and the Hospital’s Guild E were her favorite charities.