Dorothy Carrie (Klein) Kluin passed into the comfort and safety of the arms of Jesus Christ, her Savior, on June 8, 2007, surrounded by her family, at home.
She survived physical difficulties throughout her life that never dimmed her radiance. Her legendary smile could lighten a heavy heart. Bill, her husband and soul mate for nearly 67 years, cared for her with the tenderness and compassion that demonstrated their love for each other.
She was born, Feb. 12, 1921, to Andrew and Alice (Tanis) Klein. Being raised on a dairy farm, she loved farming. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. Dorothy married A.W. (Bill) Kluin, of Arlington, Wash., on June 27, 1940; they lived most of their lives in the Arlington and Marysville area. After retirement, they traveled and attended gospel concerts on the west coast. She was a member of Marysville First Assembly and a mentor to many, including, her adopted daughters, Bonnie Fishback and Donna Johnston.
Dorothy is preceaded in death by her parents, Andrew and Alice Klein; brothers, John A, and baby Kenny: and sister-in-law, Gloria Klein.
She leaves her husband, Bill; two daughters, Dory and Jerry Riggs, Sharon Ogden; her son, Bill; five grandchildren, Shay and Kevin Harper. Carol and Brian Haight, Cricket and Jeff Wilson, Kristen Dittmer, and Johnny and Raymond Ogden; three step-grandchildren, Belinda Papineau, Carolyn and Todd Derifield and Joanne Riggs.
She leaves brothers and their wives, Paul and Billie, Ken and Kay, Gerald and Lolita, Don and Lorinda; and sister-in-law, Floy Klein. She enjoyed her great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, church family and friends too numerous to mention.
Her family is grateful for the kindness and prayers received. She was blessed to have her granddaughters and great-grandchildren at her side her final days. Special thanks to Karen Garritson, of Evergreen Hospice, who was so kind and supportive.
Family graveside services were held 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2007.
Memorial service were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 14, 2007, at Marysville First Assembly.
Please direct memorials to Marysville First Assembly building fund.
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