Patricia “Rea” Dobson, age 74, passed away on May 27, 2019 near Ellensburg, Washington. From her birth on February 17, 1945 until her death, Rea spread love and kindness wherever she went. She touched many lives and left a legacy that will not be soon forgotten.
Rea was born in Orofino, Idaho to Michael “Mickey” and Helen (Carlin) McGuire. She joined an older brother, Mike, at their family home in Pierce, Idaho. Mike was the one who gave her the nickname “Rea” because as a toddler he couldn’t pronounce her given name, Patricia Marie. The name stuck and she was affectionately known as Rea throughout her life.
In 1952 the McGuire family moved to Weippe, Idaho where Rea would attend school. Education and athletics were always very important to their family. As a sophomore Rea was selected to be a Varsity cheerleader. Her brother, Mike, was a senior on the championship basketball team. Their bond was so strong that after each win Rea would jump into Mike’s arms to congratulate him before he could even return to the bench.
After graduating from Weippe High School in 1963, Rea attended Lewis Clark State College earning a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She would begin her teaching career at Weippe Elementary and continue in the same classroom until that school closed and the students were moved to Timberline in 2007
Rea made the move to Timberline and would eventually retire in 2010 after 42 years of teaching. She had a knack for making personal connections with all of her students that continued long after they left her classroom. Her dedication, generosity, and teaching ability will never be forgotten by her hundreds of former students.
One of the best decisions Rea made was marrying Ed Dobson on July 3, 1968. They lived their entire married life in Weippe and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They raised two daughters, Michelle (Bill) Sellers and Lynette Dobson, who have continued Rea’s legacy as teachers themselves.
Rea’s proudest moment, after the birth of her own daughters, was when she became a grandmother in 2000. She forged a special bond with each of her grandchildren, Erin and Carson Sellers, and Peyton and Reese Merry.
She loved babysitting them when they were younger, teaching them how to read and write, and cooking delicious meals and pies with them. As they grew, Rea could be found at most of their school and sporting events cheering loudly or volunteering in some capacity. Each one of them knew they were loved unconditionally and that Grandma Rea would do anything for them.
Rea had a true heart for service. She gave freely of her time and was one of the most generous people around. She also radiated love through her actions and the cards she sent.
We know Rea would want that love to be spread far and wide. Please go out and help someone today. Smile, laugh, and make the world a better place in her memory.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to pay Rea’s generosity and love of education forward. They have set up the “Rea Dobson Memorial Scholarship” fund. You can donate at any Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union branch. A celebration of her life will be held at Deyo Reservoir in Weippe at a later date.