Obit Dorothy Bashaw

Dorothy Catharine Bashaw

Dorothy Catharine Bashaw, born July 19, 1923 in Gravity, Iowa, passed away June 11, 2019, at the age of 95. Dorothy’s middle name was after her grandmother, thus the unique spelling of Catharine.

As a child Dorothy attended Barton Country School and Fairview Country School the first eight grades. She graduated from Gravity High School in Taylor County, IA on May 15, 1941 less that 1% behind the Valedictorian.

Dorothy worked for approximately four to five years at the telegraph office in Witchita, KS as a clerk/operator, quitting May 1948 to go home for a month, later coming to Idaho to visit sister Helen and husband Elton Bashaw.

She met Russell Ray Bashaw and they married on August 22, 1948.

Dorothy was a member of The American Sunday School Union (which later became American Missionary Fellowship) teaching the junior Sunday School class for many years at the Grangemont Sunday School and was also the pianist.

For several years she was a member of Grangemont Homemakers Club.

Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker, living in Grangemont in the house Russell built until 1971 when they moved to a house on Grangemont Road due to Russell’s failing health.

After Russell passed away Dorothy went to work for Idaho First National Bank (now US Bank), working there for 10 years and retiring in 1983 due to her eyesight failing from Macular Degeneration.

Ten years after taking her retirement she was no longer able to drive and moved to her current residence on 110th St. in Orofino in 1993, where she continued for many years to pursue her passion of working in her yard and flower beds.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, her parents, Soloman M. and Catherine E. Burright, all of her brothers and sisters, two nieces, and two nephews.

She is survived by her children: Rex Ray Bashaw (wife Alma), JoAn Bashaw Kelly (husband Mike), grandson Russell John Bashaw, and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Monday, June 17, 10 a.m. at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel.

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