Marion Z. passed away on May 4, 2015 peacefully of natural causes at Flagstone Assisted Living in The Dalles, Ore. She was born on May 29, 1921 in Fort Monroe, Va. She was raised primarily in Rainier, Ore. She attended school and graduated from high school at the age of sixteen. She worked as the high school secretary until she turned eighteen, and then moved to The Dalles, Ore., where she took a job as a secretary at the Port of The Dalles. During her time at the Port, she aspired to become a pilot and took flying lessons, after which she was denied because she was too short. She met Joseph “Joe” C. Douthit in 1945, they were married on June 2, 1946. Marion left the Port to assist Joseph with some small businesses. Marion and Joe had two children, Douglas and Diana. She later became a legal secretary for Lewis, Foster, and Peachey.
She was proud to become a board member of The Dalles Cherry Growers, and was eventually elected to President. In her time as President, the organization became what is now known as Oregon Cherry Growers. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and volunteered for the Oregon Veterans Home. She loved her family very much and spent much of her free time taking care of them.
She is preceded in death by her husband Joe. She is survived by her children Douglas D. Douthit (Joan L.), of Lewiston, Idaho, and Diana L. Adams of Nome, Alaska and three grandchildren: Dana J. Douthit of Lewiston, Idaho; Joseph D. Douthit (Mellanie) of Olympia, Wash., and Jamie Adams of Largo, Fla, as well as a great-grandson Kellen I. Douthit.
Services for Marion were held on May 8, 2015 at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home, performed by Clyde Sanda, Chaplain of Heart of Hospice. She was laid to rest at I.O.O.F. Threemile Cemetery in The Dalles, Ore., next to her husband in the veteran’s section.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heart of Hospice, 2621 Wasco St, Hood River, OR 97031.
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