Dorothy J. West


August 20th, 1933  ~  March 11th, 2022


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Dorothy J. West

Dorothy (Dotty, PITA, GiGi) passed away peacefully at her eldest Granddaughter Brookes home with her husband Tim and her two daughters Lauren and Savannah near. Our family is so appreciative for all they did during her final months and the selfless love they showed their GiGi. Dorothy was born on 08/20/1933 to Clifford C. and Lily P. Pratt. in Fort Lewis, Washington. Dotty was an only child until they adopted Orville into their family. Dotty married Jacob I. Simpson with whom she went on to have five children.  She later remarried to Gerald West.

Although best known for her shop in Burien “The Proud Peacock” Dotty had worked at Miller Cascade for close to two decades. A very hard worker and stickler for accuracy,  she was known for balancing numbers to a T.  Dorothy enjoyed many things.  She was an avid sports fan to all Seattle teams, loved golfing, dancing, dining out, and vacationing. She was her happiest when near the water. Road trips with her BFF, aunt Sylvia (ibba) were fun and frequent. The two would play canasta weekly with Joann and Sandy, her two cousins she cherished. Family was precious in her eyes and she held each of us close to her heart.

Dotty was a beautiful soul, she was loving, giving, and showed kindness to all. An exceptional woman with style, grace, and dignity. She will be missed but not forgotten by all whom were blessed to have known her. Our memories of her will live on in our hearts forever.

She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, both sons, Jeffrey S. Simpson, and Brett M. Simpson, as well as her aunt Sylvia “ibba.” Survived by her brother Orville Pratt, three daughters, Pamela Kortlever, Lisa Berglund, Kimberly Simpson, as well as many loving grandchildren whom she adored.

A memorial service will be held at Auburn City Seventh-Day Adventist Church, On April 10th, 2022 starting at noon and followed by lunch shortly after.

All flowers and donations may be made in memory of Dorothy J. West to the Auburn City Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Address: 402 29th St SE, Auburn, WA 98002

8 Responses to “Dorothy J. West”

  • Wayne Kortlever says:

    I’m so glad to have known Dotty for over 34 years and was lucky to have such a wonderful mother-law in my life. We always had a lot of fun on vacations, Lake Chelan, Mexico, and Hawaii. She always loved coming up to Birch Bay to relax, playing pull tabs and eating crab. I could go on & on, but I know you all understand what a special person she was to everyone and Thank You Dotty for being such a special person in my life.

  • Diana L. Baldwin says:

    Cousin Dotty was loved and well-respected. Dotty so appreciated her family and friends. She will be missed!

  • Aaron Kortlever says:

    The world lost an amazing woman recently. I was not fortunate enough to see Dotty all of the time over the years but have always known her to be very generous and someone who deeply loved her family. Whenever I was around her she always seemed to be really enjoying life and living it to the fullest. You will be missed Dotty!

  • Cindy Erickson says:

    I met Dotty decades ago at the Willows at Cheney,Washington. Partied with her at Lake Chelen and Birch Bay. I will miss what a wonderful woman she was.Rest in peace Dotty,love you.

  • David Montgomery says:

    I met Dottie when I was 17. To say she made an impression would be an understatement. Gracious, regal, beautiful. She will always be missed.

  • Angela (Kortlever) Mellema says:

    I only met Dotty a few times…so I didn’t know her well. But I do know how much she was loved & adored.
    Praying for comfort, strength, & peace for all her family & friends.

  • Brooke Montgomery says:

    Grama was an all around wonderful person loved by ALL. Everyone was so happy to be around her and she alway’s made you feel good. She touched us all in so many loving ways, I will miss her SO much… rest easy sweet Gram. Until we meet again, Brooker-T

  • Tim Amos says:

    I was very fortunate to have met Dotty and spend with her in her later years. She was one of the kindest and most caring persons I have ever met. The warmth of her vibrant smile and great conversations over a glass of wine will always be cherished and missed.

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