MARIE DORSETT Marie was born at home in Portland, Oregon on June 15, 1923 to Seaton Lee and Goldie Verne (Russell) Ellis. Her given name was Ethelmarie. She joined her older siblings, Eva, Kenneth, and Ellamay. Her youngest sister, Virginia, came two years later and was her closest companion growing up. Marie grew up in Portland and graduated from Lents Elementary which she represented as a princess one year in the Junior Rose Festival. In 1937, she graduated from Franklin High School where she was known by students and teachers alike for her poetry. Her early jobs included United Photo and White Stag in Portland. Later, she co-owned and operated the King Donut Bakery in Seattle and, after that, sold Avon and worked at the Dorsett family’s Columbia Park and Driving Range in Kennewick. Her final job outside the home was at Joos Music Center in Lynnwood, WA. In her almost 98 years, Marie experienced much of USA history: from the Great Depression and WWII to 9/11 and the Gulf War, from street cars to the moon landing, and from hand-crank telephones to FaceTime. She was a passionate American patriot, cherished our founding ideals and urged everyone to vote according to their conscience to maintain our liberties and mend our flaws. She was an active member of Molalla VFW Auxiliary #3973. Marie had a prodigious memory. Starting at age 3, she participated in church programs. She performed lengthy recitations from 7 years old through adulthood; and she could still recite some of them in her 90’s. She wrote numerous poems and religious articles throughout the years. Marie was an avid reader, a “green thumb” gardener, and a proficient needlewoman, gifting family and friends throughout the years. Her other interests included hymns and gospel music, gardening, home decorating, creative cooking, piano, violin, fishing, camping, visiting the ocean and participating in many other activities with her family. Marie was a licensed minister with Grace International. She did outreach for teens, led women’s Bible studies, directed church choirs, taught Sunday School, served as Sunday School superintendent and church secretary/treasurer, and co-directed Family Camp at Salmon Falls. She faithfully supported and prayed for missionaries and fellow ministers all her life. Marie can be defined by her love for her Lord Jesus Christ and her family. She accepted Jesus as her personal Savior when she was a preschooler. For the rest of her life, through the ups and downs of her journey, she found Him faithful. She wanted everyone to accept His gift of eternal life and experience the joy of knowing and walking with Him daily. Next to her faith was her devotion to her family. She poured out her life in loving them. She embraced, exhorted, encouraged, entertained and enjoyed each generation in turn. Marie peacefully entered the arms of her Savior on Resurrection Sunday, April 4, 2021, joining her husbands, Walter Jensen and R. Virgil Dorsett, her four siblings, her stepson, Virgil Timothy “Tim” Dorsett, and many members of her extended family and numerous friends. Marie is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Virginia “Dindy” (Jensen) and Edwin Wilcox, Pamela (Jensen) and Charles Reynolds, Ronee (Dorsett) and Kenneth Poyneer, and Michelle (Dorsett) and Stacy Burchett and her stepchildren: Elizabeth Dorsett, Ronald “Skip” Dorsett and Virginia (Dorsett) LeDoux. Her beloved descendants, nieces and nephews now include four generations. She is remembered fondly by her “second family”,the Rutledge clan, and her dearest friends, Phyllis Rutledge, Vera Gent, and Ruth (Frietag) Fishburn. She is also very special to her Grace International family, many friends at Canby Foursquare, Molalla Nazarene, YWAM, and “grandchildren” around the world. All who met her loved her. Marie was interred at Willamette National Cemetery with her husband, Virgil. Her celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 1st at 1PM at: Canby Foursquare Church 2350 SE Territorial Rd. Canby, OR 97013 It may be attended in person or viewed “live stream” on YouTube at Canby Foursquare Church under Marie Dorsett Celebration of Life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace International and designated “Missions” by mail: Grace International 40 Cypress Creek Pkwy W PMB 391 Houston, TX 77090 or online at: gracechurches.tv
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