Dorothy Ann Stone

Dorothy Ann “D’Ann” Stone, 80, of Eugene, formerly of Florence, passed away Feb. 9, 2017, after a long battle with breast cancer. D’Ann was born to Gordon and Mary West i n Fallbrook, Calif., on June 6, 1936. After her father died during World War II, her mother married Philip Strother and, in 1946, the new family moved to Westport, Ore., where D’Ann graduated as valedictorian in 1953 from Clatskanie High School. During her senior year she was named Miss Clatsop and at the Miss Oregon Pageant was awarded Miss Congeniality. It was also during this year she met the love and best friend of her life, John Burton Stone, on a blind date. After graduation, D’Ann attended the University of Oregon on a full academic scholarship, joined the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and was elected to the student council. In June 1958, D’Ann crossed the country to see John graduate from West Point Academy, and then sped back to Oregon to accept her bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a minor in history. D’Ann married John in Westport on July 20, 1958. They embarcked together on 21 years of service to the country, living all over the world and raising two fine sons, John Jr. and Bradley. In 1979, John retired from the Army and the family moved to John’s home town of Florence. They enjoyed a second career together selling vintage art and framing beautiful works for clientele in the local area and beyond as part of the partnership in The Bay Window Antiques, Art and Custome Framing business on the river in Old Town Florence. D’Ann retired in 1998, when her fibromyalgia and arthritis prevented continued participation in the daily grind, but she still loved joining John on trips around the West finding new antiques, prints and books for the business. D’Ann was preceded in death by John in 2008. Survivors include her son, John Jr., and his wife, Kim; son Bradley; grandson Aaron Burton Stone and his wife, Kelsi; granddaughters: Silken and Kara Ann Stone; sister-inlaw Mary Carlisle-Higley and their families. The family is planning a memorial celebration of D’Ann’s life at Willamette National Cemetary, where she will join John in entombment of their urns — together once again, forever.

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