Dorothy Greening has passed on...

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Dorothy Greening has passed on...

Postby RyanShort » September 16th, 2003, 6:32 am

Just got this obituary via e-mail...

Dorothy "Dot" Greening (Fishburne)
Age 91, died peacefully Sept. 10, 2003, surrounded by family. Dot received her BA in Home Economics from WSU in 1935, where she met and married artist Ross Greening. Ross became a pilot in WWII and flew in the Doolittle raid over Tokyo. After WWII and Ross's release from a German P.O.W. camp, Dot and Ross traversed the country for the state dept. with exhibits of P.O.W. life. Dot and Ross began their family with two boys and had many adventures, co-owning a dude ranch in Montana, travelling extensively and serving as Air Attache in Australia. Ross died in 1957. He left fascinating memoirs and paintings. Dot was able to co-author his accounts "Not As Briefed" and see it published in her 89th year. In 1963 she remarried to Superior Court judge John W. Fishburne of Tacoma. Eight months later she was again widowed and set to raise and guide five children, while working at the American Red Cross. In the 70's and 80's she travelled extensively in Europe and Asia with family and friends. She was a dedicated volunteer for Christmas House, The Martin Luther King Center and the American Cancer Society, and received the "Ever Active Recognition Award" in 1996. She was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, P.E.O., and a member of the Tri Delt sorority. Dot’s favorite pilgrimage was to the annual Doolittle Raiders reunion every April to re-unite with her many friends amongst that group. She had a lifelong love of fishing, swimming, hiking, and many cherished friends and family. Surviving Dot are her brother Jack Watson of Poulsbo, Al Greening of Spokane, Chuck Greening of Orcas Island, Mary Helen Dowling of Redmond and John Fishburne of Leavenworth, eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Daughter-in-law Nancy Fishburne of Tacoma and Edgar Arroyo of Spokane were as dear to her as her own, as well as sister-in-law Virginia Nisker (Greening). There will be a memorial service celebrating Dot’s life to be held at the Tacoma Lutheran Home chapel on September 20 at 2 p.m. Memorials to Dot can be made to the Doolittle Raiders Assoc., 4588 Longleaf Lane, Sarasota, FL 34241
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