Dorothy Hungar, long-time Orcas Island resident and beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away November 10, 2014 at 89 years old. Dorothy was born on March 30, 1925 to parents Roy and Irene Gamble of Bald Eagle, Minn. In her youth, Dorothy and her family moved to Queen Anne Hill in Seattle.
Dorothy loved Orcas from the first time she visited the island. While still living in the Seattle area, Dorothy married Wallace Sutherland. They had two sons, Scott and Dean. Eventually, the family moved to their farm in Crow Valley. Wally had a dental practice on the island, where Dorothy worked as his dental assistant.
When the marriage ended, Dorothy returned to the mainland and worked in the library at Shoreline Community College. While living in the North Seattle area, Dorothy met George Hungar. They married June 26, 1969 and promptly returned to the Crow Valley Farm.
Dorothy was passionate about preserving the beauty of Orcas Island, politics, voter registration and gardening, even becoming a Master Gardener.
During her life, she enjoyed golf, swimming, ice skating, playing bridge and helping kids with reading and schoolwork. She was active in the League of Women Voters, the Democratic Party and the Madrona Club for many years.
All this however, paled in comparison to her love of family and friends. She so enjoyed seeing all the neighborhood kids grow up.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of more than 40 years, George, her son Dean and her brothers George and Leroy Gamble.
Dorothy is survived by her son Scott Sutherland of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, step-daughter Lura Hungar of Wash., grandson Geoff Flaherty of Alaska, granddaughters Jessica Schlimmer of Wash., Daniela Alejandra Sutherland, Dorthy Nathaly Sutherland, and Estrella deJesus Sutherland of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, brother Richard M. Gamble, and niece Georgeann E. Gamble of Arlington, Wash. and several great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held at a later date. Donations in Dorothy’s memory can be made to: Friends of the Library, PO Box 1207, Eastsound, WA 98245 or Madrona Club, PO Box 361, Eastsound, WA 98245.