Dorthey Mae Cates, 64, of Okanogan. passed away Dec. 26, 2013 in Omak, Wash., at Mid-Valley Hospital after a long, hard fight with cancer.
Dorthey was born March 21, 1949, in Omak, Wash., to John A. and Betty A. Cates.
Dorthey was a lifelong resident of Okanogan. She attended Okanogan schools and graduated in 1968.
Dorthey was a special nanny to several families in the Okanogan area.
She was well-known for her crocheting and knitting. She shared her handmade works of art with many people throughout the years.
Dorthey also probably delivered your newspaper at one time or another if you lived in the Okanogan Valley. She delivered The Chronicle for numerous years and was still employed there at the time of her death. She knew every street, side street, road and avenue in the Omak-Okanogan area.
She had a heart of gold and was always upbeat even when she was fighting for her life. Dorthey was a very giving person and was always there to give a helping hand. She never complained about the things she didn’t have, but was thankful for what she did have. She was an inspirational woman and for those who knew her, their lives were blessed.
Dorthey is survived by two brothers, John and Jeff; sister Donna; step-sister Emma; many nieces and nephews; special friends Adam Pitts, Delphia Clark and Elsie Bishop; and her two special four-legged friends, Rosie and Red Fred.
Also, a special thank you to Mid-Valley Hospital crew and LifeLine Ambulance for their efforts in trying to save our dear friend.
Services for Dorthey will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at Okanogan Church of Christ, 435 S. Fifth Ave. Okanogan.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name at Precth-Harrison-Nearents Chapel.