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Dolores M. "Dee" Morford

Aug 16, 1924 - Jan 4, 2019
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Surrounded by her loving family, Dolores “Dee” Morford, 94, of Yakima, slipped peacefully into the arms of her Lord on Friday, January 4, 2019. Dee was born on August 16, 1924 in Moxee City, WA to Adelard and Zelia (Marchand) Roy.  She attended Holy Rosary Grade School along with her four brothers and two sisters. In 1942, Dee graduated from Holy Rosary High School under the inspirational teachings of the Catholic nuns.
 
After graduating, Dee moved to Portland where she worked at Kaiser Shipyards and later at Otis Elevator during World War II. There she lived with five other girls who became lifelong friends. When the war ended, Dee returned to Moxee and worked at the Moxee City Warehouse until meeting the love of her life, Wesley “Wes” Morford, Jr. on a blind date.
 
Wes and Dee were married on February 9, 1949 in Moxee at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. They moved to White Swan, WA where together they raised cattle and farmed potatoes, hops, and fruit while raising their five children, Bruce, Janice, Gary, Denise “Dee Dee” and Jim. As the daughter of a hop farmer and a former Hop Queen of the Moxee Hop Festival, Dee lived her entire life involved in farming.
 
Dee’s motto was always “Faith, Family, and Friends”, in that order. She loved the Lord and was a dedicated member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in White Swan, active in the church choir and teaching Catechism there for many years. She also served her community by working many hours at the White Swan Food Bank.
 
Dee devoted her life to her family.  She loved them all deeply and was proud of every one of them. Her grandchildren remember visiting the farm and helping “Mere Mere” pick strawberries and raspberries in her garden. The prize for them was her famous freezer jam made from the abundance of her garden. She loved to cook for her family and any guest that walked into her home.  Many hours were spent talking, eating, and playing games around her kitchen table.
 
Dee never met a stranger who did not become a friend.  She loved to ask questions about everyone’s family, children, and special interests. She always put others before herself and appreciated everything that was done for her. Dee was a graciously humble person and had a great sense of humor, always living life to the fullest.  Dee’s faith, love of family, generosity, and kindness will be her legacy.
 
She will be greatly missed by her children, Bruce (Vandie Sixkiller) Morford, Janice (Buzz) Boyum, Gary (Barbara) Morford, Denise “Dee Dee” (Bill) Marchioro and Jim (Tish) Morford, as well as 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and another expected in March. She is also survived by her brother, Ted (Patti) Roy, sister-in-law, Emma Roy, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Dee is preceded in death by her parents, Adelard and Zelia Roy, her husband, Wes Morford, Jr. and her siblings, Edmond Roy, William Roy, Lester Roy, Cecilia Derr, and Theresa Oldfield.
 
The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the many caregivers and staff at Avamere Englewood Heights that lovingly cared for Dee over the 12 years that she lived there.  We would also like to express our sincere thanks to all the nurses, caregivers, and staff of both Elite Nursing Care and Yakima Memorial Hospice for the compassionate care that they showed Dee and our family throughout these last several months. The family would also like to thank Dick, Janet, Jamin, and the staff of Brookside Funeral Home for their loving care.  
 
Vigil Services will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at ¬¬6:30 p.m. at Brookside Funeral & Crematory (500 W. Prospect, Moxee WA).  Mass of Christian Burial will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Church (201 Iler St, Moxee, WA) at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Private entombment will be at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, Yakima, WA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in White Swan WA or Yakima Memorial Hospice and sent in care of Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory (P.O. Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936), who is caring for the family. 
 

 

 

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Jan 9, 2019: 10:00 a.m.

Holy Rosary Catholic Church

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Calvary Cemetery

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