Recently, the Estate of Dorothy Maude Hoogeveen provided the Grays Harbor Community Foundation a distribution that will allow approximately $10,000 – $12,000 annually for the benefit of Grays Harbor.
Dorothy had reached her 100th birthday. She remained independent in her home in Hoquiam, where she had resided since 1945 and where she passed on Thursday, December 19, 2013.
She was born on June 26, 1913, in Belgrade, Montana, graduated high school in McMinnville, Oregon, and received a B.A. Degree from Linfield College in 1935. She worked in McMinnville until 1945 when she married Maarten Tommie Hoogeveen, and they moved to Hoquiam that same year. She was employed as business manager of Long Foundry Co. in Aberdeen for 31 years, retiring in 1978.
Dorothy enjoyed travel, her family and friends, and watercolor painting. Several of her original pieces are now displayed in the Foundation office. She also loved the beach and owned a second home at Dexter by the Sea.
Later in life, Dorothy was able to remain independent because she had financial and social resources. She became concerned about others in the community that did not have the same resources she had, and spoke of this concern with her family and friends.
After her death, Dorothy’s friends asked the Community Foundation if her unrestricted gift could be used with an emphasis on “elder care.” The Board of Directors agreed that this is an area of concern in our community, and that the Dorothy Hoogeveen Memorial Fund would be used to place emphasis on providing assistance to elderly in the community through other local nonprofit organizations.