Dorothea F. Wolfard, 97, of Central Point, OR passed away peacefully Monday, December 2, 2019 at Providence Medford Medical Center.
Dorothea Faye Wright was born October 6, 1922 in Eugene, OR to Ralph Ellis Wright and Gladys Lucy (Brown) Wright. She was raised on the family’s farm in Creswell, OR which was designated as the Wright Century Farm LLC in 2009. The property continues to be farmed by members of the Wright family. Dorothea attended high school in the neighboring community of Walker, OR then graduated from the newly constructed Cottage Grove High School. She also attended Eugene School of Business.
On September 17, 1941 she married Horace Glenn Wolfard at the Wright family farm.
In 1956 Horace and Dorothea started the family business, Wolfard Equipment Company in Cottage Grove. After selling the business in 1967, they relocated to the Rogue Valley, opening Wolfard Equipment, Inc. in Medford from which they retired in June 2009. She was the business’s secretary and bookkeeper.
Being an outdoor enthusiast, she enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with family and close friends. Through the years this included several lower Rogue River raft trips. Each outing providing precious memories for all. The couple enjoyed traveling which included cruising the Panama Canal, New England and their favorite, an Alaskan Inland Passage cruise, most celebrating one of their many wedding anniversaries. Avid golfers, the Wolfards enjoyed 40 years membership at the Rogue Valley Country Club where they played both individually and as a couple. In more recent years they enjoyed playing cards, a staple at most all family gatherings. She was also a member of the Daughters of the Nile, an international fraternal organization affiliated with the Shriners and Master Masons.
Dorothea is survived by two sons, Dale Sr (Linda) Wolfard of Medford and Jeff Wolfard of White City, and four daughters, Vila Morrell of Creswell, Reba (Steve) Pickens of Medford, Janice (Steve) McGee of Central Point and Peggy Liles of Sutherlin. In addition, she is survived by 15 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and her 7th great-great grandchild due in January 2020.
Mrs. Wolfard was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Horace, son-in-law Dennis Morrell, infant granddaughter Tricia Rae Wolfard, her parents and two brothers.
A family service has been held with internment at Siskiyou Memorial Park with arrangements made by Perl Funeral Home in Medford.