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Dorothea Hughitt

Our beloved mother and grandmother, Dorothea Hughitt, passed away January 15, 2011, in Medford, Ore., in the presence of her family. Her passing came at the age of 92, after spending her last five years in the loving arms of the wonderful caregivers at KC Adult Foster Care.

Dorothea was born December 27, 1918, in Culver, Ore., to Burson and Hazel Cate. She spent her early years on the ranch in Culver before moving to southern California for a few years, eventually returning to Redmond, Ore. while still in high school. After graduating, she attended Oregon State University for a couple of years prior to settling in down in Redmond. One of her first jobs was with Bend Hardware at their Redmond store, and it was there that she met her husband, Bill, whom she married in August 1943, and shared her life with for 63 years. After the hardware store closed, she went to work for the Redmond Spokesman, where she worked as a linotype operator for several years. She left the Spokesman to spend full time raising her two boys, and over the years worked several local clothing stores in Redmond.

Dorothea was a very loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and most enjoyed spending time with her family and her many friends. She enjoyed cooking, baking and entertaining, especially when it came to family. Her "special cookie drawer" and yummy strawberry jam were always a hit with the grandkids. She and Bill developed a love for the game of golf and enjoyed playing for many years, playing together in many tournaments around the state. She also enjoyed traveling, participating in local community service events and playing cards. She was an active member of Community Presbyterian Church in Redmond for many years, and was involved in O.D.O. and P.E.O. during her life in Redmond. In 2003, Dorothea and Bill moved to Medford, Ore., to be closer to family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, in 2007.

Dorothea is survived by her two sons, Bill (Kathy) Hughitt, of Medford, Larry (Helene) Hughitt, of Eugene; grandchildren, Jason Hughitt, of Grants Pass, Toby (Stacey) Koch, of Prineville, Danielle Hughitt, of Portland, Jill (Jason) Reed, of Lincoln, Calif., Jessica (Jeroen Bastiaens) Hughitt, of Spain; great-grandchildren, Kayla and Isabella Hughitt, of Grants Pass, Brandt Reed of Lincoln, Calif., and Kaden and Kindal Shivers, of Prineville.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Asante Hospice for their kind and gentle care.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, January 22, 2011, at 11:00 a.m., at the Redmond Cemetery, with a memorial gathering to be held at Community Prebyterian Church

immediately following the service.