Dorothea Virginia Brickert
Dorothea V. (Fox) Brickert, was born August 15, 1923 in Yakima, WA and departed this earthly life November 25, 2012.
The daughter of Harvey Bryan and Gladys Tiny Fox, Dorothea was the youngest of three children. The family moved from Yakima to Seattle, WA early on and in 1941 Dorothea graduated from Queen Anne High School. Known as “Sis” even to her teachers, Dorothea didn’t become known as “Dottie” until she went to work as a secretary for the Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad located in the Joseph Vance Building on Third Avenue and University Street in Seattle.
Dottie enrolled at the University of Washington to enhance her secretarial skills. She met her sweetheart, Bill Brickert, in 1942, and married him June 3, 1944. They were just 25 days shy of their 68th wedding anniversary at his passing May 9, 2012.
In 1952 Dottie went to work as the city editor for the Northern Kittitas County Tribune in Cle Elum when the youngest of her three young children was in Kindergarten.
Bill took a job in Shelton in the fall of 1954. Dottie went on ahead to scout for housing and a job. She worked as a secretary at the old Shelton Hospital for a year and a half, before being employed at the Mason County PUD #3. Dottie was one of the first computer operators of the PUD’s “new” large mainframe computer. She retired in January 1980.
Dottie excelled in both swimming and roller-skating, and served as president of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Jaycee Wives. In 1962 Dottie was installed as Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, Welcome Chapter #54. Throughout her marriage, she devoted her life to supporting the interests of her husband, Bill, and family.
Dottie is preceded in death by beloved husband, Bill, her parents and two brothers, Robert and Ralph Fox, and is survived by daughter, Wendy (Gerald) Selde; sons, Brian (Chriss) and Mike (Diane) Brickert; grandchildren, Dan (DeaDea) Brickert, David (Darcy) Brickert, Ryan Selde, Joy (Greg) Fulling, Donovan (Jena) Russell, foreign exchange student, Per Nolen of Sweden, and 13 great grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the charity of your choice. A private service will be held for the family as according to her wishes.