Dorothy Marie Springer, 81, passed away Monday, August 22, 2011 at Sacred Heart Hospital from a sudden heart attack. A funeral service will be held Friday, August 26, 2011, 10:00 am at Malcom’s Brower-Wann Funeral Home with graveside service to follow at Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens.
She was born January 2, 1930 to Lloyd and Murriel Cook in Lenore, Idaho. She grew up in Lenore and would ride horseback to school from the family farm. After graduating from Lapwai high school in 1948, she moved to Lewiston to go on to business school while working at the Medical Service Bureau. Dorothy owned and operated the Tip Top Drive Inn during the 1950’s and 60’s. From there she went on to manage David’s Fabrics at the Lewiston Shopping Center.
In 1969, she married her best friend and fishing partner, Deral Springer. Her next great endeavor was to be home and raise her two daughters, Belinda and Deborah. Her girls were always her number one priority and she spent many years supporting them in their rodeo events.
Dorothy was involved in The Cow Bells, PEO, Hobby Club, Garden Club and was on the board of directors for the 49’ers Saddle Club. Dorothy enjoyed her monthly senior girl luncheons and the annual Elk hunting on Kelly Creek with her good friends. She was dedicated to all her friends for life. Dorothy’s real passion was kokanee and bass fishing, primarily at Dworshak Reservoir. Dorothy was an extraordinary craftsman with her crocheting, knitting, tatting, quilting, sewing and pine needle art. Dorothy put her whole heart into everything she did and never let her adversities get in her way. As a young child she faced polio with many operations. She continued to give to the Shriner’s hospital as her way to pay it forward.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Vivian Ward.
She is survived by her siblings Clarence Cook, Don Cook and Kathleen Cook, husband, Deral Springer, and her daughters, Deborah Tanner and Harold, Belinda Zephir and John. She will be missed by her Grandchildren, Chris Webster, Kendall Webster, Michelle Hill, Jamie Purington, Whitney Jacobs and Great Grandchildren, Trevan Webster, Madi and Max Hill, Halle and Ezra Purington, Colt, Josh and Jessica Jacobs. They all adored her and will miss their “Nana”.
Donations can be made in Dorothy’s name to the Shriners Hospital in Spokane or the charity of your choice.
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