Dorothy Wilber, 90 / July 26, 1921 — March 24, 2012

Published 8:57 pm Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dorothy Wilber, 90

July 26, 1921 — March 24, 2012

Former Niles resident Dorothy Virginia Wilber, 90, of Grants Pass, Ore., died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Highland House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Dorothy was born July 26, 1921, in Niles to John and Helen Scanlan. In 1939, she graduated from Central Senior High School in South Bend and soon after moved to Hialeah, Fla. During World War II, she worked as both a “Rosie the Riveter” and a waitress in Miami. In 1958 in Miami, she married Edwin Wilber, who preceded her in death. She worked as a mail clerk at Hialeah Hospital until her retirement. She then moved to Belleview, Fla., where she lived until 1997, when she moved to Grants Pass, Ore.

Dorothy was a member of the Moose Lodge and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church both in Grants Pass.

Her hobbies included reading, crossword puzzles, music, dancing and yard sales.

Her favorite place was Top of the Mark Restaurant in San Francisco.

Survivors include a son, Spence Spivey of Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter, Amber Watkins of Grants Pass; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, John and Helen Scanlan; three brothers, Ed Wilber, John Scanlan and Samuel Scanlan; four sisters, Isabell Verhostra, Margret Galloway, Helen Galloway and Margret Scanlan.

A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

Remembrances may be made to any Battered Women’s Shelter.

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Hull & Hull Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.