Obituary: Dorothea “Dottie” Ferral (1927-2021)

Dorothea “Dottie” Ferral
Jan. 24, 1927 – Feb. 9, 2021

Dorothea Helen Ferral, also known as “Dottie” died peacefully Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 in Corvallis, Oregon. She was 94 years old. She was born Dorothea Helen Lukens in 1927 in Camden, New Jersey and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

She was preceded in death by her son, Mark Ferral, her parents Helen and Harry Luken, and brother, Ron Lukens. Her son, Doug, Ferral died just 8 days after she passed away.

She is survived by her children, Tim and Trudy Ewing (Philomath, Oregon), Patrick and Elena Ferral (Conroe, Texas), Judy and Gerard Smith (Pebble Beach, California), her grandchildren, Andrew, Bradley, Caitlin, Emily, Christopher and Caroline, and 8 great grandchildren.

Dottie Ferral
Dottie Ferral

After attending college, she worked for the Campbell Soup Company as a spanish translator, traveled, and then she met her husband Joseph W. Ferral. They married, and moved to Southern California to raise a family. She was a devoted mother to her 5 children. She volunteered in many of her children’s activities like girl scouts, Sunday school teacher, Junior Naval Sea Cadet programs, and taught history lessons in her kid’s schools. She received awards for her volunteering and service in her children’s school district. She was the church secretary at Church of Our Savior, and worked as an administrative assistant at the University of Southern California in Gerontology where she continued to study towards her masters degree.

After her divorce she moved to Nevada with her daughter’s family. There she worked as an administrative assistant in Food and Beverage at Caesar’s Tahoe and enjoyed her role as Nana to her grandchildren. In 1992, she moved with her daughter’s family to Philomath, Oregon.

Although retired, Dottie led a very active life and was involved with many groups in our community. She was a founding member and honorary lifetime member of the Mary’s Peak Orchid Society, a Distinguished Toastmaster, Master Gardener, elections volunteer, and Superintendent of the Year at the Benton County Fairgrounds. Of all her activities it was her church family at Peace Lutheran Church that meant the most to her. She sang in the choir, was a member of the lady’s guild, taught Sunday school and was on the church council. Dottie lived an exemplary example of graciousness, kindness and gratitude in everything she did and with everyone she met.

If you’d like to make a donation in Dottie Ferral’s name, please do so at one of the following organizations:

The Philomath Food Bank

www.philomathcommunityservices.org/out…/food-bank

OR

Friends of the Family

fofm.org/Dottie Ferral

Click here for previously published information on a memorial service.

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