Mrs. Dorothy Simonsen, 83, of Ashland, Ore. passed away Sunday, November 3, 2013 at home. She was born October 26, 1930 in Cogswell, N.D. the daughter of Florence and Sidney Savey. Her family moved to Boise, Idaho in 1946 where she graduated from Boise High School in 1948. Dorothy was an accomplished pianist, organist and accordion player, and taught piano for many years. It was her bouncing curls while playing piano during church services that attracted the attention of Ivan O. Simonsen. They were married May 7, 1949 in Boise, Idaho.
Ivan and Dorothy moved to Payette, Idaho in 1951. From 1962 to 1970 they owned and operated Simonsen's Stationery Store offering school and office supplies along with cards and gift items. They were active members of the First Baptist Church in Payette. Dorothy worked as a secretary for the Farmers Home Administration for 20 years, retiring in 1992. Following retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Simonsen moved to Ashland, Ore. where they were actively involved with LitwillerSimonsen Funeral Home.
Mrs. Simonsen enjoyed sewing projects of all kinds. She painted in both watercolor and oils. Writing was a passion that produced poetry, newsletters, family histories and two self-published historical Christian novels. The last one completed just weeks prior to her death. Dorothy was a member of the Ashland First Baptist Church and Chapter BN, P.E.O.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Ivan, of Ashland, Ore.; two daughters, Bekki (Phil) Meador of Pocatello, Idaho and Judy (Eric) Cazier of Portland, Ore.; a son, Timothy (Kathy) Simonsen of Ashland, Ore.; a sister, Dora Wecker of Boise, Idaho; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.
The funeral for Dorothy Mae Simonsen will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2013, at the LitwillerSimonsen Funeral Home, Ashland. Interment will be at Scenic Hills Memorial Park, Ashland. A visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Friday, November 8, 2013 at the LitwillerSimonsen Funeral Home, Ashland.
Arrangements under the direction of the LitwillerSimonsen Funeral Home, Ashland.