Dorothy Lee Stevens

06/14/1932 — 09/27/2005

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Apache, Oklahoma

Dorothy Lee Stevens

Dorothy Lee Stevens, 73, of Richland, passed away September 27, 2005 at home in Richland. She was born June 14, 1932 in Apache, Oklahoma to Bert and Vella Derby. She was surrounded by a large loving family and a close-knit group of friends. The family decision to leave Oklahoma when she was a teenager was not a popular one with Dorothy. She dearly missed those she left behind, especially her cousin and best friend, Fleta Derby Schultz. You could take the girl out of Oklahoma, but Oklahoma was never far from the girl. After brief stays in Phoenix, Arizona and Milton-Freewater, Oregon her family settled in Richland. She graduated in 1950 from Columbia Richland High School.

Soon after graduation she met Ralph Earl Stevens at the old Mart in downtown Richland. That initial two-hour conversation over a coke and cup of coffee evolved into a wonderful 54-year marriage and produced four close children and nine beautiful grandchildren.

Dorothy loved traveling to Seattle for musical theatre, to the Oregon coast at Cannon Beach, and to Las Vegas. She loved a good book, stretching with yoga, a good thunderstorm and her Seattle Mariners. But her greatest interest and love was simply for her husband and family. She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandma. Dorothy’s unconditional love for her family is her living legacy.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Ralph Stevens; her brothers Don and Dave Derby; her daughter Terry and husband Dave Broussard; her daughter Vella and husband Mike Duncan; her son Robert and special friend Anita Bromley; and her son Mark and wife Pam, all of Richland. She also leaves her nine beloved grandchildren: Ben Stevens, Jamie and Jorgie Broussard of Los Angeles, CA, Anna Stevens of Burien, WA, Gayle Duncan of Seattle, WA, Megan and Nora Duncan, Laura Stevens, and Nick Stevens, all of Richland. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Vella Derby.

Graveside service will be 3:30 PM Saturday, October 1, 2005 at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Richland. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial in Dorothy’s name be given to the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Attention: Foundation at 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336, or to the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice at 2108 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Fredrick Bowers for his care. They are also grateful to Dr. Thomas Rado and the compassionate nurses at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center. And finally, the family wants to give a heartfelt thank-you to the staff at Hospice.

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  • During the late 60’s I met Dorthy, she was the mom of a favorite friend. Dorthy’s home was always open to me. She filled it with love, peace and grace. As a girl I was shy and not always comfortable around adults. Dorthy was the first adult that I ever met I felt could be my friend. I have memories of her sitting in her chair reading a book and always looking up to talk with me. As the years progressed I felt the Stevens family became my own. I contribute this to Dorthy and Ralph’s exceptence and respect for me. Later, after graduating from college I met Dorthy and she asked me to stop calling her Mrs. Stevens. What and honor, I will always miss my first adult friend Dorthy.

    Ralph, Terry, Vella, Bob,and Mark- You are not alone with the pain of losing you Mom I feel it in my heart too. May you find peace, love and excitement in seeing your Mom live on in the faces and personalites of your children.

    Friends Always,

    Cathy

    Cathy Montgomery
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • During the late 60’s I met Dorthy, she was the mom of a favorite friend. Dorthy’s home was always open to me. She filled it with love, peace and grace. As a girl I was shy and not always comfortable around adults. Dorthy was the first adult that I ever met I felt could be my friend. I have memories of her sitting in her chair reading a book and always looking up to talk with me. As the years progressed I felt the Stevens family became my own. I contribute this to Dorthy and Ralph’s exceptence and respect for me. Later, after graduating from college I met Dorthy and she asked me to stop calling her Mrs. Stevens. What and honor, I will always miss my first adult friend Dorthy.

    Ralph, Terry, Vella, Bob,and Mark- You are not alone with the pain of losing you Mom I feel it in my heart too. May you find peace, love and excitement in seeing your Mom live on in the faces and personalites of your children.

    Friends Always,

    Cathy

    Cathy Montgomery
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • My sincere condolences to the family of Dorothy – I loved working with her at J. A. Jones – she was a wonderfully lady and it was a privilege to know her.

    Jan Gunter
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Bob, Ben, Anna & Nick,

    Our heartfelt thoughts go out to each of you at this difficult time, may you find strength in family, friends and each other.

    Dorothy will never be far from you, find comfort in the memories you shared and she will be with you and in your hearts forever.

    You and your family are in our prayers.

    Love,

    Judy & Kit

    Judy & Kit Vogel
    November 4, 2014
    US
  • To all of Dorothy’s family I would like to extend condolences from all the Dean family from the old neighborhood in Richland.I remember your mom as always being such a kind and caring person.You all are in our prayers.

    Donnie R. Dean
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US