She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Ruth and Betty; brothers, Paul and Ralph, her children, Frank Pearsall, and Walter Schimmel Jr., and best friend, Walter G. Schimmel. Dorothy is survived by her brothers, Danny (Jerry) Gibbs of Kalispell, Ted Gibbs of Pasadena, Texas; her sisters, Cora (James) Ford of Victoria Texas, and Thelma (Bill) Parmer of Clarkston, Wash. Dorothy is also survived by six children, 30 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Dorothy enjoyed gardening, as well as canning, baking for others, and watching humming birds drink from her feeders. She loved sitting at the window in the early morning while the deer ate grass in her yard. Dorothy loved John Wayne movies in black and white. She was kind spirited, taking anyone in who called her "Ma" or “Grandma” and her home was always open for a cup of coffee. She could make anyone smile with little effort. She touched the hearts of all who walked into her life. She was a professional at surprising you when you least expected it.
Dorothy was highly thought of by her children and grandchildren and idolized by all her great-grandchildren. She was a sassy, patient, and loving grandmother, mother, wife and best friend. Daily phone calls with her voice on the other end will be forever cherished but never forgotten. Without her homemade pumpkin logs and other baked goods, holidays will never taste the same. Dorothy always had an innocent twinkle in her eye when she was up to something mischievous, so you always watched out for whom she was going to prank next. Those who knew Dorothy did not mistake her stillness for weakness or her silence for ignorance. Therefore, it is the least to say that Dorothy will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Memorial Services will be officiated by Bill Hill at the Community Center, 410 Golf Street in Thompson Falls Saturday, Feb., 8 at 10:30 a.m. and celebration of life will follow the memorial services, bring a dish and share your favorite story.