Longtime Soldotna resident Dorothy Jeanne Bishop died Monday, May 28, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 75.
A memorial will be held at a later date.
Mrs. Bishop was born in Lakeview, Ore., on Oct. 10, 1931, and was a graduate of Lakeview High. She was in the first graduating class at Oregon Technical Institute, one of only 13 young women. While there, she met and fell in love with her husband, Alan M. Bishop. They were married more than 55 years.
In 1964 she became a librarian in Central Point, Ore., and continued for 11 years. She moved to Alaska in 1977 to be with her husband, and the rest of the family followed. She became the head librarian of Soldotna Public Library in 1977 and retired in 2003.
“Through her efforts, she helped shape and build the modern facility that exists today. She loved the library and the people who came there, serving them with distinction until she retired. She loved her family more than anything and was the best great-grandmother, grandmother, mother and wife that she could be. She was the heart of our family and will be missed more than we can say,” her family said.
“She was a unique person, a lovely and beautiful person. She was kind, encouraging, forgiving and loving. Her family was her fortress, and we were all blessed to have had her in our lives. The world won’t be as good with her gone. It will just be different.”
Mrs. Bishop was preceded in death by her husband, Alan.
She is survived her children, Ward Bishop and wife, Kelly, of Sterling, Bobbi Jeanne Duste of Central Point, Catherine Bishop of Soldotna, John Bishop and wife, Linda, of Sterling, Christine Crouse and husband, Marc, of Soldotna, and Janice Story of Lakeview; grandchildren, Kenneth, Jakeob, Michael, Stephanie, Johnalyn and Joseph Bishop of Sterling, Josh Crouse and wife, Tasha, Amanda Taylor and husband, Bobby, Ange Jones and husband, Matthew, of Soldotna and Michelle Hanson of Anchorage; and great-grandchildren, Tony, Nicole, Colby and one yet to be born.
In lieu of flowers, the family is suggests donations be made in Mrs. Bishop’s memory to Soldotna Public Library, 235 Binkley St., Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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