Dorothy Louise Anderson was born January 10, 1933 near Uniontown, WA to Richard D. and Catherine M. Sprenger Stout. She passed away on May 21, 2015 at Guardian Angel Homes. Cause of death was infirmities of age and Parkinson’s disease.
She attended the Hall School in the country near her home, and then Colton Grade School and High School. She graduated from Colton High School in 1949. She then attended Washington State College (now University) for 3 semesters. She enrolled in Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Spokane in 1951 and graduated first in her class from there in 1954. She became a registered nurse after taking state boards. Dorothy also attended many enrichment and continuing education classes over the years. In 1994 she returned to college for a Bachelor of Science degree, graduating in 1997 from Lewis-Clark State College at the age of 64.
Dorothy married Laverne “Andy” Anderson on October 3, 1954 at Genesee, ID. Following marriage she worked at Gritman Hospital for several years. After raising their family, she returned to nursing for many years on a part-time basis in several doctor’s offices in Moscow and also at the U of I infirmary. She retired from the active practice of nursing in 1991.
Dorothy was a member of the Genesee Valley Lutheran Church and served as the first woman president of the oldest Lutheran congregation in the state of Idaho. She was a devoted Christian. She was also active in the church women’s group for many years and helped make many quilts for Lutheran World Relief. She also taught Sunday School for 25 years and sang in the choir for a number of years. Dorothy was a 4-H leader for many years and she served on the Board of Directors of Gritman Medical Center for 12 years. She belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary for a number of years and she was an officer many times and served as president for three terms in her younger years. Dorothy was a past member of the Lewiston Morning Tribune’s Advisory Council and served in a similar capacity for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. She was an outspoken advocate of women’s rights and was a political activist. She served that cause for a number of years. She was also a member of Alice Whitman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and with her husband she belonged to Sons of Norway, Andy being the “100 proof Norwegian.”
Dorothy farmed with her husband and sons, sharing in the many jobs of farming for more than 45 years. She survived a rare and nearly fatal bout of tetanus (lockjaw) in 1960. She lived her life in thankfulness of being spared death.
She enjoyed the hobby of genealogy. She became the family historian and researcher. In 2000 she wrote and published a family history book, The Descendants of Richard and Catherine Sprenger Stout. For many years she edited a family newsletter. She enjoyed reading, especially non-fiction and history, and writing historical information to share with her family in the quarterly newsletter. She also found a great deal of pleasure in planning travels for her husband and herself. They traveled to most states and to Europe six different times. In her younger years, she grew a large rose garden and many gladiolas and other flowers. She raised large vegetable gardens and did extensive canning and freezing, until the kids left home and infirmities of age took over.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Laverne “Andy” Anderson and brothers Gene and John Stout. Surviving are her three children, daughter Lauren Anderson-Zornes and husband David Zornes; son Joseph Anderson his sweetheart Leslie Larson and son Jay Anderson and his wife Lisa Boyd-Anderson; and 5 grandchildren, Zachary Anderson, Kaitlyn Conner, Anna Zornes, Larson Zornes, and Jennifer Lowe, and 3 great grandchildren, Brinley, Natalie and Maggie Dee Lowe, brother Richard L Stout and sisters Myrtle Fulfs and Frances Taufen.
Memorial services will be held June 27,2015 at the Genesee Valley Lutheran Church at 11:00 AM.
Cremation has taken place and there will be a private interment at a later date. Anyone desiring, may send a memorial to the Northwest Children’s Home in Lewiston, Genesee Valley Lutheran Church or to a memorial of one’s own choosing.