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Dorothy Theresa Jones

January 26, 1921 - November 11, 2021

Dorothy Theresa Jones: 1/26/1921 – 11/11/2021, passed peacefully in her sleep on Veterans Day, known as Remembrance Day in Canada. She was born in Burnaby, BC Canada. 

She is survived by her daughter, Robyn B. Jones, son-in-law, Ken Marshall, grandchild, Dr. Nicole E. Marshall, and great grandchildren, Keith Oren Marshall and Veronica Katherine Marshall. Dorothy was a remarkable centenarian bearing witness to many of the life-changing events in our times, from the US and Canada.  Dorothy never forgot her British roots in Canada. She worked as a waitress at the University Union Club, and as a welder in the shipyards of Tacoma, during WWII.  Dorothy also worked as a welder on Boeing bombers during the war.  She helped her husband, Oren W. Jones on a small commercial fishing boat, and was married in Juneau, Alaska 5/9/1951. 

The family will have a private graveside service for Dorothy at Mt. Tahoma Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest with her husband, Oren W. Jones, a WWII Coast Guard veteran. A virtual celebration of life will be set for January 2022 for all her friends and extended family from Hawaii to California and Oregon and WA can share in the remarkable accomplishments of this great woman. Dorothy joins her husband, Oren, Daughter, Vicky Wilson Marshall, sisters Louise Gaiters and Ada Dixon, and brother Joe Reid in the afterlife along with many other good friends & family members waiting with open arms. Memorial donations may be made to: United Way of Pierce County Centennial Gift, or Vicky Marshall Memorial Scholarship Fund through Whatcom Community Foundation at: 


Important Dates: 

Moved to the U.S. in 1940’s 

Met and married Edward Wilson 1946 

Gave Birth to a daughter Veronica (Vicky) Louise 2/13/1948 

Married Oren Woodrow Jones 5/9/1951 

She became a citizen of the U.S. in 1959  

Gave birth to another daughter, Robyn Beatrice Jones 11/2/1960 

Helped establish for the 1st Fish Food Bank at the First Congregational Church in Tacoma, 1965 

Celebrated 50-year Wedding Anniversary to Oren 5/9/2001 

Became a guild president of Ballet Tacoma 

Attended graduations of her two Daughters, from WWU  

Attended Graduations of her grand-daughter from Whitman College and  

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine 

Congratulatory Message from Former President, Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama 2014

Celebrated her 100th Birthday with an outdoor “Drive by and honk” event 1/26/2021

Congratulatory Message from Her Majesty The Queen in 2/2/2021 

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