Dorothea Lansdowne

Dorothea Lansdowne

Dori passed away on Feb. 14, 2015 in Alameda, Calif. Perhaps appropriately she chose to depart this world on the day that her husband Len, who predeceased her in 1993, unfailingly presented her with a large flowery Valentine card.

Dori and Len retired to Orcas in 1989 and were passionately devoted to the island and its natural beauty. Dori was an active member of the Hardy Hikers, the Garden Club, the Deer Harbor Auxilliary and the Preservation Trust. Her German apple cakes were legendary for bringing in top dollar in fundraisers.

Dori moved to California in 2011 with great reluctance as her health declined. She continued to enjoy birding, art and classical music and followed Orcas events with interest. In accordance with her wishes, her ashes, with her cat Jack’s, will be scattered on Orcas and no services will be held. For those who would like to remember her, a donation to the San Juan Preservation Trust, sjpt.org or the Audubon Society, audubon.org, would be very much appreciated.