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Dorothy King, White, Woodmansee, “Granny” Memorial
Dorothy King, White, Woodmansee, “Granny” Memorial

Dorothy King, White, Woodmansee, “Granny”

Dorothy King, White, Woodmansee, “Granny”

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Dorothy King, White, Woodmansee, “Granny” 95, passed away peacefully at Creekside Retirement Home in Burlington, WA with family at her bedside.  She was born on May 28, 1920 in Bellingham, the 12th child of Frank and Gertie King.  The family moved to Burlington about 1935 and Dorothy became the “Song Leader” for BHS Tigers graduating in 1938.  Following graduation she married Richard White, owner of the Burlington Slaughter House and two children were born to this union, Jimmy and Judy.


Following the death of her son in 1947, the family moved to Sedro-Woolley where Dorothy was employed at the Liberty Cafe.  In 1952 she began working in the dining room at Northern State Hospital, retiring in 1973 when the hospital closed.  She made many friends through her employment at the hospital, especially Verda Wiles.


She later met the “love of her life” Jim Woodmansee and they enjoyed 22 years of marriage until his passing in 1983.  It took little to make Granny happy.  A warm home, family get-togethers, camping at Skagit River Woods and the Deming Log Show which always included family and friends.  The annual King Family Reunion brought the family together for fun, games, stories of the past and her famous macaroni and cheese.  At the age of 95, she could still play a nearly unbeatable game of cribbage.

While attending Faith Baptist church in Burlington, she was known as “Granny” and assisted with the Awana program.


Her survivors include her daughter, Judy Lemley (Bob),  grandchildren, Gary Frizzell (Vickie), Kim Denham and children, Trey, Danica, (finance Josh Etringer), Erica and Stephanie, Derk Frizzell (Sable Lee) and sons, Ryan and Luke.  Very special to her were Leslie Lemley, Jim Flack and Grace Lemley, former son-in-law, Carl Frizzell and former grand-son-in-law, Bob Denham.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jim Woodmansee, son Jimmy, first husband Richard White and granddaughter Lucinda.  Five sisters, Amelia, Grace, Clara, Ora, and Laura and five brothers – George, John, Harry, Elmer and Lloyd.


Special “Thanks” to her caregivers at Creekside, Prestige and Hospice of the Northwest.

A private graveside service was at the Burlington Cemetery.


  • Joanie Nagatani

    I met Dorothy when she moved into Creekside . Loved visiting with her & filling up her gold finch bird feeder Judy bought her. Dorothy loved the flowers Judy would bring her. Always got a hug & kiss from Dorothy! A nicer lady you shall not meet! Sincerely, Joanie Nagatani

  • Sophia Melendrez

    You will be greatly missed. I will miss your smile. Rest in peace.