Former Durango resident Dorothy-Dix Mashaw died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, in Anacortes, Wash. She was 86.
Known at various times as “Dot,” “Dot-Dix” or “Dottie,” she was born to Ford and Dorothy Catherine “Dixie” Maggard on Aug. 29, 1925, in Little Rock, Ark. After growing up in Little Rock, she went on to attend Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.
On April 2, 1944, she married William G. “Bill” Mashaw in Pensacola, Fla. After World War II, they moved to New York City, where he attended Columbia Law School on the GI Bill, and she modeled wedding dresses.
After Mr. Mashaw joined the FBI, the family moved to San Diego and Riverside, Calif., before moving to Silver Spring, Md. In 1953, they settled in Indianapolis to raise their four daughters.
A hardworking homemaker, Mrs. Mashaw sewed almost all of her daughters’ clothes.
She taught Sunday school for second-graders for many years at Crooked Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Mashaw also was active in the church’s mission program.
“She loved to be outside, she loved to walk,” her daughter Terry Gibbons said. “Her daughters all caught her love of flowers and appreciation for birds.”
When the Mashaws moved to Durango in 1984, Mrs. Mashaw planted trees and native wildflowers around their Falls Creek home. While Mr. Mashaw was widely known in the community as an active volunteer, Mrs. Mashaw supported his efforts behind the scenes.
She would also quietly “adopt” little girls she felt needed some attention, her daughter said, giving small presents and letting them know she cared about them.
The Mashaws moved to La Conner, Wash., in 2006, and later to Anacortes.
Mrs. Mashaw was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, William G. Mashaw, in June 2009.
She is survived by her daughters Terry Gibbons of Hesperus, Mary Angela “Angie” Mashaw of Boulder, Catherine Davis of Samish Island, Wash., and Laura Beth Shine of Fort Wayne, Ind.; brother, Lincoln Maggard; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
A private family gathering was held Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at Samish Island.
Her family asks that the next time friends see a little girl in need of some attention that they do something kind for her in Mrs. Mashaw’s memory.