Dorthy A. Mader | Obituary
Loved and supported by family and many friends, Dorthy A. Mader, 93, of Lewiston, passed away on Monday, May 24, 2021 in Lewiston.
Everyone is invited to a 2 p.m. celebration of his life on June 15 at Orchards Community Church in Lewiston. There will also be a 4 to 6 p.m. visitation on June 14 at Malcolm’s Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston.
Dorthy was born January 27, 1928 in Colfax to Harold and Maude Johnston. The eldest of four children, she grew up in Penawawa, Washington, in the family orchard on the Snake River with her brother Harold, brother Donald and sister Mary Lou. She attended Penawawa Primary School and graduated from Colfax High School in 1945. In September 1945, at the age of 17, Dorthy entered the WWII Cadet Nursing Program, which ultimately led to her obtaining her RN certification from Washington State University.
Dorthy married Winston Mader on June 26, 1951 and Winston served in the US Air Force and then began farming. The two quickly bought farmland near Genesee where they lived and raised their families. In 1982, Dorthy decided to re-enter the workforce as a nurse for several private medical practices in Lewiston. She later served others by volunteering with organizations such as LifeChoices / CareNet of Lewiston and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, working until her late 80s. Dorthy enjoyed leading, teaching and mentoring other women; in 1978, Dorthy joined the Image of Loveliness organization and began teaching classes to help women reflect the beauty of God in their personality, manners, and physical appearance.
Over the years, Dorthy has been a member and held various leadership positions in several clubs and organizations including the Christian Women’s Club of Moscow, the Republican Women’s Club of Lewiston, PEO International (a philanthropic organization that celebrates the advancement of women ; educates women through scholarships, grants, awards, and loans; and motivates women to achieve their highest aspirations) and Tammany’s private Pollyanna Club.
Dorthy had many loves and passions; she loved God’s creation, the natural beauty of wild flowers, roses and sunsets, and worked hard to create a beautiful home environment for her family and her many guests. Dorthy loved to travel, see beautiful and historic places all over the world and take advantage of these trips to spend one-on-one time with friends and family.
Her family is blessed with the strong legacy of faith and prayer that Dorthy leaves behind. Family was everything to Dorthy. She was the spiritual rock of her family and taught her children to study the Bible and bring their concerns to the Lord. As late as May 24, many received daily texts from her with a word of encouragement or scripture. She has always been active in her church, where she sang in choir and other vocal groups, and conducted Bible studies and classes for middle school students. She loved her home group Orchards Community Church and called them family. Dorthy served as a Christian mentor to many, making lasting friendships with women of all ages who sought her out for mentorship and prayer.
Dorthy was predeceased by her father and mother, her partner Winston Mader and her brother Donald Johnston.
Dorthy is survived by her sister, Mary Lou Merrill, and her brother, Harold Johnston; his five children and their families: Steve and his wife Edie Mader; Daniel and his wife Cindi Mader; Louann and her husband Mike Thoennes; Garth and his wife Christina Mader; and Kerry and her husband Al Schleappe; 13 grandchildren: Kevin Mader, Kelly Parker, Kandace Olson, Jadon Mader, Priya Mader, Philip Thoennes, Brandon Thoennes, Chandler Mader, Kylie Mader, Bryn Mader, Makenzie Sikes, Madison Sikes and Reagan Sikes; and six great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the Dorthy Church family at Orchards Community Church in Lewiston and their caregivers at Care Connection Home Care of Lewiston and Advanced Home Care & Hospice of Northern Idaho.
The family requests that commemorative gifts be sent to: Orchards Community Church of Lewiston: Dorthy Mader Memorial Fund, 822 Bryden Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501. (208) 743-1021.
Malcolm’s Brower-Wann Funeral Home in Lewiston looks after the family.