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Dorothy Jean (Shopp) Middaugh

March 28, 1930 ~ June 22, 2017 (age 87)

Dorothy Jean (Shupp) Middaugh passed peacefully on June 22, 2017 in Prineville, Oregon, with her Daughter Patricia by her side.

Dorothy was born March 28, 1930 in Gurnsey, Wyoming to Wilford Ray Shupp and Elsie Madilane (Creager) Shupp. Her older siblings Ray Shupp and Elsie Mae (Shupp) Stinson preceded her in death, as did her husband of 59 years Merritt Daniel Middaugh.

At age 6, her family moved from Wyoming to Michigan Hill in Washington State where her family raised peaches and strawberries. She learned what hard work was while working on the farm.   She attended Michigan Hill grade school which was a one room school and graduated Centralia High school.  After graduation, she worked at Penny’s and a local bank.

Dorothy and Sister Elise were musically inclined.  They entertained at the local Grange Halls with Dorothy playing the accordion and Elsie playing the piano.

Dorothy was introduced to the “love of her life”, Merritt Middaugh, by Elsie.  Dorothy married Merritt in Chehalis, Wa. on June 15, 1950.  Family was everything to Dorothy and Merritt.   

Dorothy was a stay at home mom until the youngest child was in school.  Dorothy then started working for the Longview School District, where she worked for 20 years. She became the much loved “lunch lady” and was known for her huge heart, no child EVER went hungry.   

The family lived in the Longview area for some 30 years.  The Middaugh house was known as “the house to go to”.  Being everyone’s Mom, Dorothy is widely remembered for always having a baby in her arms, attending to a “bump or bruise”, providing a safe place, a warm cuddle, and a good meal.  She possessed and shared a kind and gentle reassurance that “everything would be all-right” while maintaining that responsibility for one’s actions were key.

Dorothy enjoyed family and friends, fishing on the Columbia River, playing cards, gardening and traveling. Dorothy traveled with Merritt during summer vacations and her most favorite travel experiences was when they visited Marilyn in Australia (some 18 times), where she learned to love Koalas. Another favorite travel spot was Reno to enjoy the casinos.  And, clam digging on the Washington coast was always on the list.

In later years, Dorothy and Merritt moved to Corvallis and Salem, Oregon.  Not long after Merritt’s passing in 2009, Dorothy made her move to Prineville, Oregon where her Daughter Patricia and Son-in-law Roger reside.

Dorothy is survived by her children: Marilyn, Debra (Husband Bill Duncan) and Patricia (Husband Roger Jungmann), her five Grandchildren: Brian, Lisa, Christopher, Thomas and Stephanie and her four Great Grandchildren: Alyssa, Micha, Melia and Merritt.

Per her wishes, Dorothy will be joining her beloved Merritt at Willamette National Cemetery on Friday September 15, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.. 

Remembrances may be sent to Patricia Jungmann, in care of Prineville Funeral Home, 199 NE 10th St., Prineville, Oregon 97754.

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