Walking On -- Dorothy Lorraine Shortt

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Dorothy Lorraine Shortt

Dorothy Lorraine Shortt

Sept. 26, 1947 – Feb. 3, 2020

Tribal Elder Dorothy Lorraine Shortt suddenly walked on from the flu on Feb. 3, 2020, at Willamette Valley Hospital in McMinnville. She was born in Dallas, Ore., on Sept. 26, 1947, to Arlene Mary Surber (Holmes), and George Willis Surber.

She was raised in Rose Lodge, Ore., and graduated from Taft High School in 1966. She worked as a housekeeper, fern picker and a care provider for most of her young adult years while caring for her family.

In 1981, she was blessed with her only daughter. She moved to the McMinnville area in 1994 and raised her daughter and met new friends. She enjoyed helping others with rides to the store and taking country drives just so they could get out and see the world during the day, and cooking and crocheting dollies by night.

In her Elder years, she enjoyed fishing, po-ke-no with her girlfriends and playing her favorite slot machine at the casino. She also was a member of the Red Hats Society. She was very proud of her heritage and was always introducing herself and her daughter to family members throughout the Tribe.

She is survived by her younger sister, Nancy Norton of Corvallis, Ore.; daughter, Maryann Bidwell of Willamina, Ore.; two grandchildren, Taleah and Jacob Bidwell; two step-grandchildren, Austin Bidwell of Willamina and Akita Gipe of Newberg, Ore.; along with three great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and many, many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her boyfriend of 20 years, David Lee McDougall; great-grandson, Anthony Lee Bidwell; and the rest of her siblings; Marie Hoffman, Jerry Surber and Betty Dick.

Services will be held at the Tribal gymnasium in Grand Ronde at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. To leave online condolences, visit