December 25, 1927 - August 15, 2011
Dorothy Rosella DeYoung, of Springfield, Ore., formally of Medford, Ore., passed away August 15, 2011, from emphezema. She was 83.
She was a Christmas baby born in Glen Ellyn, Ill., on December 25, 1927, to Harold and Cecilia Keltner. She was married to Robert "Bob" DeYoung on January 21, 1952, in Honolulu, in the territory of Hawaii. Bob died in 1986.
Dorothy completed one year at the University of Oregon as a member of Gamma Phi Beta. She was a full-time homemaker, renowned sculptor, and watercolorist, who worked from her home. Her exhibited work and installations were distributed throughout the Northwest in private and public collections. She was instrumental in the formation and working of The Rogue Art Gallery in the early years. She valued education and reviewed senior projects several years for the Medford high schools. She was an active member in the Medford PEO Chapter CP, and loved her meetings with The Colony Club. She was also a member of the Junior Service League.
She was a world traveler. In her college years, she traveled around the United States with her best friend, Patty. Their last stop was Hawaii, where she met and married Bob. Together, the new couple investigated the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, Oregon's back roads, ski slopes, and waterways. They also traveled throughout Europe on several trips. After Bob's death, she and some of the intrepid Tennis Club members traipsed through Egypt and Tuscany. Her last trip later included cruising the Mexican Riviera with her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include her two daughters, Pam Schmieding, her husband, Dan, of Eugene, Ore., and Dana Askay, of Lafayette, Calif. Her grandchildren include Becka Tyler, her husband, Mike, of Hillsboro, Ore., David Schmieding, of Portland, Ore., and Charlie Askay, and Jonathon Askay, of Lafayette, Calif. She was the proud great-grandparent of six month old twins, Ellie Ana and Jack Robert Tyler.
The family plans a private inurnment at a later date. Arrangements are by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene. Donations may be made to The Rogue Art Gallery, Medford, Ore., in her memory.