Dorothy Ogle


Dorothy Rose Withers Ogle

Dorothy Rose Withers Ogle, 92, passed away peacefully with her family at her side, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019.

Dorothy was born Dec. 6, 1926 in Portland to Dorothy Rose and Robert Burness. She attended Mt. Tabor Elementary school and thoroughly enjoyed city life. At the age of 12 – she moved to Summer Lake where she was welcomed as “ the new cousin “ to Alan and Gordy Withers.

In 1944 she attended Oregon State College where she studied Home Economics and graduated with high honors. She was a recipient of the Daly Fund and also had income from her own band of sheep she raised with her stepfather, John Withers.

Dorothy married James W. Ogle on April 11, 1948 in Lakeview. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in Lakeview in 2018.

She was a sought after substitute teacher at Lakeview Senior High School. Dorothy worked for the ESD Migrant Program and later enjoyed many years as the art teacher at Union School. In her honor a fund has been established to support “Art Education” for the students at Union School. She was very proud of the work of her students and showcased their work at every opportunity.

An exhibiting artist, she was a founding member of the Lake County Artists. She and her good friend, Ellie Barry, managed exhibits showcasing local and regional artists in the Lake County Courthouse lobby for over 20 years and they received a special award from the Lake County Chamber. She was a remarkable seamstress, designing and creating wardrobes for each of her daughters and taught them to add creative flair to every aspect of living.

Dorothy was active in her community, serving as a Girl Scout and Campfire leader, taught canoeing at Camp Cottonwood, was a Trustee and Elder of the Presbyterian Church and served many years on the Beautification Committee. She was a member of the Ladies Saddle Club and on the Board of Directors of the Community College.

Dorothy loved her family, apple pies, antiques, picnics, legs of lamb, geraniums, her green house, canning, raising tomatoes, her many dedicated yard assistants, the Golden Girls, monopoly, and Chopin. She was a straight shooter and even shot a porcupine out of the tree. In 1957, she entered a design contest and won trip to the McCalls Magazine – Congress on Better Living in Washington, DC. While there she met Pearl Mesta and Eleanor Roosevelt. Following that she was invited to be on the Art Linkletter show as a panel member.

She and her closest friends hosted each other for lunch and played Bridge twice a month for over 60 years. She often won the nickels. Dorothy was an elegant hostess - with countless events with family and friends in her beautiful and carefully designed and maintained yard and home.

She is survived by: her husband of 71 years, Jim: three daughters, Susan Ogle Densmore, Martha Alice Powell and Sara Ogle Lea; sister, Carolyn Calvert of Arizona; and five grandchildren, MacAdam Lea, Cameron Lea, Martha Sophia Bartlow, Megan Densmore and Brooke Densmore Williams; and her red haired great-grandson, Reed Oregon Williams.

A Celebration of Life service was held Monday, Nov. 25 at the First Presbyterian Church in Lakeview. A private interment was held.

Contributions in Dorothy’s memory can be made to “Lake County School District #7, c/o Union School Art Department, 1341 S. 1st St., Lakeview, 97630 or a charity of your choice.

Desert Rose Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

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