Dorothy Bair

Dorothy Bair

Thursday, May 12th, 1921 - Sunday, October 25th, 2020
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Dorothy Arlene Anderson Bair

Dorothy was born May 12, 1921 and passed away peacefully on October 25, 2020 at the age of 99. She was born the fourth child to Francis Hugh Anderson and Martha Norby Anderson in Shelley, Idaho. Dorothy was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and married Dean Bair in the Salt Lake City, Utah temple on November 24, 1937. Dorothy and Dean settled in the Columbia Basin in 1952 and were among the pioneers who converted the region from sage brush to beautiful farmland.

Dorothy had a passion for service, and faithfully served the communities in which she lived. She worked countless hours doing genealogy and helping others find information and learn about their ancestors. Together with her husband, she served as a missionary in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Adam-Ondi-Ahman in Missouri and served as a worker in the Seattle temple.

Dorothy excelled at poetry, song, and reading. She sang in a women’s choir and loved directing plays, serving for a time as a drama director. Dorothy was also a noteworthy seamstress, and there wasn’t a pair of pants that she couldn’t patch. Perhaps even more notable, however, was her renowned skills as a baker. A gathering wouldn’t have been the same without her cinnamon rolls, bread, and many other culinary delights. She loved quotes and anecdotes, compiling three books all entitled, “Grandma Bair’s Book of Wit and Wisdom.”

She leaves behind her children: Ross (Judy), Keith (JoAnn), Lyle (Dixie), Glen (Janelle), Arlene Johnson and Jay (Trina). Dorothy also leaves behind her sisters: Norma Bartholomew, Evaun Trappen, and Cheryl Johnson. She has 34 grandchildren, 105 great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by: Dean Bair (husband), Betty Jean (sister), Francis and Martha Anderson (parents), Neal Bair (infant son) Heidi Bair (granddaughter), Steven Bair (grandson), Mara Adams (great granddaughter), Bryce Sanderson (great grandson) and RC Bair (daughter-in-law).

As a family, we wish to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all the people at the Monroe House and the Blue Goose Care #2 Center of Moses Lake, Washington

She will be buried in Ephrata, Washington next to her dear husband and two grandchildren. Her dedicated service, skill, quotes, and affection will continue to benefit her family and community for generations to come.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 11:00 am PDT. It will be live streamed at the following link,
The funeral service is by invitation only due to Covid restrictions.
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Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Friday, October 30th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, October 30th, 2020 11:00am
    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
    1301 E. Division
    EPHRATA, WA 98823
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    It will be live streamed at the following link, The funeral service is by invitation only due to Covid restrictions.
    Bishop Kyle Bair
  • Interment

    Friday, October 30th, 2020 |
    Friday, October 30th, 2020
    Ephrata City Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    EPHRATA, WA 98823
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    It will be live streamed at the following link, The funeral service is by invitation only due to Covid restrictions.


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Bruce Einspahr

Posted at 09:36pm
To the Bair family: Just now caught the passing of Dorothy. Wish I would have known earlier. Hard to watch those original sage-brush busting pioneers of the Columbia Basin pass on. They were a special bunch that we in the next generation are able to ride on their accomplishments. Dean & Dorothy were outstanding parents and neighbors. My family respected them greatly.
Bruce Einspahr

Barbara Andersen Gold

Posted at 09:22pm
Before my mom passed away I promised her that when her dear friend Dorothy left this life I would go to her funeral. I’m grateful for technology that allowed me to keep my promise. And what a beautiful funeral it was!
I have so many memories of the Bear family. I remember boys EVERYWHERE!! Coming from a family of 4 girls and 1 boy (You remembered correctly Glen) it was a little daunting. Bless Arlene’s heart! I remember going to your house to get milk. Your dad would always tease me about being barefoot and then stuck his teeth out at me. He always made me laugh.
Our mothers were bffs long before that became a catch-phrase. Your mom played a huge roll in my parents reactivation. An eternal blessing for our whole family. Your parents were in the IF temple to see our family be sealed. I remember that day with perfect clarity.
About 15-20 years ago I drove mom to Ephrata to see her buddy. They hugged, stepped back and looked at each other and Dorothy dead panned “We got old.” They had a good laugh and picked up right where they left off 40 years ago.
Your parents left an memorable legacy, not only for their posterity but for the countless people who were lucky enough to cross paths with them.
I would love copies of Dorothy’s book of wit and wisdom that Jay spoke about,

Bill and Barbara Hewitt

Posted at 08:55pm
Bill and Barbara Hewitt,
It is with a heart of wonderful memories and many smiles that we remember Mrs. Bair. We cared for Marie Tasker for many years and she always would remind us that the Dean and Dorothy were some of the first people they met when they moved to the Basin to develop their bee business. Marie always would say, "Dorothy is one of my closest friends." Marie has been with the Lord for many years and in one of the last visits with Dorothy, Marie said, "my friend hopes to live to 100 and wanted 100 great grandchildren." Dorothy was truly blessed. May her family be blessed with memories of this very special matriarch.

Ken adams

Posted at 03:27pm
Ken and Darlene Adams
To all of the Bairs in the woods,
We send our love and condolences in remembering our fond memories of Dorothy and Dean. We have the utmost respect for them and the family that they raised. I served as their home teacher for over 25 years and so had many opportunities meet with them and learn from them. We were always welcome in their home. We will mess them very much.

Ramona Webley

Posted at 04:15pm
I want you to know that I loved & admired your mom, grandmother, great grandmother & great great grandmother!! What a wonderful posterity!! What a life!! Dorthy was full of vim , vigor, & vitality!! An old adage for A GO Getter!! She never let any grass grow under her feet!! She was a conscious, hardworking, Benevolent woman!! Laughing & joking all the way through!! Even put her humorous thoughts into three little booklets!! Get them out & look at life in her gifted way!! It’ll raise your spirits!! She was a Devout Child Of God!! Standing for him at all times & in all places!! It was a Honor & a pleasure to have known & Loved her!! What a Great Legacy she has left you, her Posterity!! May God Bless and Comfort you at this time!! With Love and Gratitude, Ramona Webley

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