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Dorothea Mae (Wilkins) Wood
August 30, 1929 September 30, 2018

Dorothea, 89,  was born on August 30, 1929 in Miltonvale, KS. Her parents, Roy and Beryl Wilkins, were farmers. She was the youngest of five children, Melvin, Calvin, Kay, and Jane being her siblings. In 1934, during the depths of the depression and Dust Bowl, the family packed up and moved to the verdant Willamette Valley near Newberg. There they bought a farm on a hill and became pioneers in organic farming. Dorothea grew up on this farm, finishing high school and spending one year at George Fox college.

It was there she met her future husband, John Edward Wood, and they were married on September 18, 1951. This marriage would be long and fruitful, lasting 66 years! Four children were born to them, Lineta, Stephen, Marsha, and Daniel. Dorothea made it her business to serve her family, and whatever company was blessed to visit. Her cooking was renowned far and wide, especially rolls and bread. She was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker.

Among her many interests she enjoyed gardening, writing letters, crocheting rag rugs, and taking walks. She was well known for her spunky disposition, generosity, and infectious laugh. Her father was a gentleman poet and Dorothea inherited his love for poetry. The words of Scripture were also near and dear to her heart and she was always ready with God's truth to bring encouragement to someone. Though Dorothea was not a world traveler like many of her kids and grand-kids, she did take some trips to the Midwest and East coast. She also traveled through large swaths of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho and even took a cruise up to Alaska with her family. During the last six months of her stay on earth, she resided in Coeur d'Alene, ID near her daughter Lineta and family. At her place of residence she continued to bring laughter and encouragement to fellow residents and staff.

In addition to four children, she left a legacy of 16 grandchildren and 17 (and counting) great-grandchildren. Her husband John preceded her in death on February 24, 2018. Dorothea departed her earthly tent on September 30, 2018, and instantly received her new body in the Lord's presence. Many have risen and called her blessed because of what she gave to others.

Graveside service will be Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11:00 am at Newberg Friends Cemetery followed by a memorial service at 2:00 pm at Sherwood Friends Community Church. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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