Dorothy Marvin

Dorothy Marvin

2/4/1925 — 8/22/2017

Dorothy I. Marvin, loving wife, mother, grandma and great-grandma, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, at Avalon Progressive Care in Clarkston. She was 92.

Dorothy was born Feb. 4, 1925, in Frasier to John Smolinski and Rilla (Merta) Smolinski, the youngest of eight children. She attended Frasier School until 1937 and moved to Clarkston.

Dorothy and Matt Cox were married in 1942, and they had one daughter, Sharon. After moving back to Clarkston, Dorothy graduated from Clarkston High School in 1944. She and Matt Cox were later divorced.

In 1945, Dorothy started to work at Lipps Insurance, and later at Remer Insurance. She retired in August 1985 from Troy Insurance.

Dorothy was active in the Lewiston-Clarkston Insurance Women and was a life member of the Lewiston-Clarkston Women of the Moose. She also enjoyed bowling.

In 1956, she married Andrew E. Marvin. In 1972, they built a cabin at the Soldiers Meadow subdivision. It was the fourth cabin to be built there. They enjoyed snowmobiling, four-wheeling, dune buggies, fishing and hunting.

In 1981, Andy and Dorothy moved to Soldiers Meadow, where they owned and operated Marvin's Rest Stop, a recreational bar/restaurant. They enjoyed old and many new friends, especially at wintertime with snowmobilers. Marvin's Rest Stop was closed in 1987. During winters, they traveled south in their recreational vehicle, staying mostly near Parker, Ariz. They sold Marvin's Rest Stop in October 1994 and moved back to Lewiston in 1995. Dorothy enjoyed doing crafts, crocheting, knitting and playing cards.

Dorothy is survived by daughter Sharon Halsey, stepdaughter Diana Sargent, and stepson Dale Marvin, all of Spokane; granddaughter Denise (Roy) Zenner and their children Natalie, Kate and Adam of Missoula, Mont.; grandson Lance (Cami) Halsey of Spokane; and stepgranddaughter Andrea (Gary) Gillespie and their children Nicole and Emma of Spokane; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew, on Dec. 27, 2009; brothers Edward, Alfred, Roscoe, Leslie and Wallace Smolinski; and sisters Mary Gentry and Gladys Johnson.

She will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 30 at Orchards United Methodist Church, 1213 Burrell Ave., Lewiston.

Dorothy's family would like to give a special thank you to Carol Galles, the owner/administrator of Avalon Progressive Care, and her staff for giving Dorothy such loving care in the last days of her life.

Memorial donations may be sent to Tri-State Memorial Hospital Dialysis Center, 1221 Highland Ave., Clarkston, WA 99403.

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Saturday, September 30, 11:00 AM
Orchards United Methodist Church
1213 Burrell Avenue
Lewiston, Idaho 83501

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