Dolores “Dodie” Helen Withee passed away Sept. 8 in Burns.
Dodie was born Sept. 23, 1929, to Jim and Blanche Zennie in Superior, Wis. She grew up on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan and Virginia, Minn.
Dodie met Ray Withee in Tacoma, Wash., which is where they married on Oct. 17, 1946. They moved to Burns in 1948, which is where they raised their five children.
Dodie was an avid sports fan. Football, baseball, and softball were her favorites. On occasion, while her sons would be coaching, she would call them on their cellphones and ask why the “blankety-blank pitcher was still in!” If her sons (the coaches) didn’t answer, she would stroll down to the dugout and ask, “What gives?” to the delight of the players and umpires.
Dodie loved watching sports and has had as many as three televisions going at one time so she could watch different football games. She loved the football network and RedZone and had mastered watching multiple games, on several channels, all on MUTE. When Notre Dame played, the family knew not to call or visit. If Notre Dame lost, we left her to mourn in private.
Dodie loved baking, and was still baking until just weeks before her death. She made the best bread and cookies. Rye bread was her specialty. The “Withee size” has often been attributed to her skills as a baker.
She enjoyed bowling, playing bingo, and trips to the casino. She spent many hours crocheting (making many afghans and doilies), baking, and completing the crosswords in pen.
Dodie was an avid reader. She learned to read True Detective magazines as a very young child and continued to read throughout her life.
The family watched Jeopardy nightly with Dodie, and she was always the winner.
Dodie is survived by her daughter, Sandy (Glenn) Whitmore; sons, Dan (Lori), Mike (Toni), and Jim (Shana) Withee; sister, Jackie; brother, Jim; 14 grandchildren, Shannon Swindlehurst, Michele McMurray, Jon Michael, Eric, Tony, Joey, Katee, Kenny, Julee, and Nick Withee, Marc and Kelly Novak, Heather and Ian McNee; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; daughter, Wendy Novak; brother, Ted; infant son, Ronald; and her parents, Blanche Waters and Jim Zennie.
A private family service will be held on her 86th birthday this week.