Dorothy S. Macfarlane
Dorothy S. Macfarlane
  • August 18, 1915 - January 2, 2015
  • Salt Lake City, Utah

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Dorothy Smith Macfarlane died January 2, 2015 in Salt Lake City at the age of 99. She was born August 18, 1915 in Redfield, Kansas to Robert Harvey and Nellie Maude Johnson Smith. She lived in Kansas, South Dakota, Montana, Washington and California before moving with her family to Cedar City, Utah in 1931. She and her sister, Jane, helped in their parents' Sprouse-Reitz store there, stocking and cashing. The boys would come into the store and play the phonograph, particularly "I Found a Million Dollar Baby in a Five and Ten Cent Store". It became her song and favorite request. She attended the Branch Agricultural College in Cedar City (SUSU) and received her bachelor's degree from Utah State Agricultural College (USU) in Logan, Utah. She did her graduate work at the University of California at Berkeley. She was a highly respected and beloved English teacher at the Cedar City High School, and a well-educated lady throughout her life.

On August 24, 1940, she married Dr. L. Wayland Macfarlane in Hutchinson, Kansas. They made their home in St. Louis, Missouri for four years while he completed his residency at Barnes Hospital and their first daughter, Katherine Nell, was born. During WWII, they lived in Nashville, Tennessee and the Panama Canal Zone. Following the war, they settled in Salt Lake City where their second daughter, Jane Louise, was born. Dorothy was a member of the Utah State Medical Auxiliary, the Great Books group started at the University of Utah by the most talented Professor Charles Monson, and Chapter V of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. While her girls were growing up, she was busy in PTA, Girl Scouts and to last fall, supported many other activities in opera, ballet, stage plays and arts. She and her husband loved to travel throughout the world but were happiest flying to Chicken, Alaska with a small troupe of friends or taking a pack trip into the Bridger or Sawtooth Wilderness with her sister and brother-in-law J. Lowe Sevy, US Forest Service supervisor of each district in turn. In 1993, the family made a 5500-mile sentimental journey to her childhood homes and memorable places. Later in life, she enjoyed revisiting the beautiful National Parks in Utah and nearby states.

She is survived by her daughter Jane Macfarlane, Salt Lake City, UT, her sisters-in-law, Gertrude Macfarlane (Mrs. Richard Menzies), Sunnyvale, CA, Maggie Fournier (Mrs. Robert), Vista, CA and many nieces and nephews. Her husband preceded her in death in 1997, her daughter Katherine in 2009, her sister, Evelyn Jane Sevy (Mrs. J. Lowe), Twin Falls, ID in 2013 and her darling feline companions Ginger in 2010 and Henna in 2013.

As she wished, there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary or a charity of choice. Love and appreciation go to CareSource Hospice, friends Dr. Glen Bowen, Tony Caputo, Frank Page and her P.E.O. Sisters including the other "moms". Please send online condolences