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Obituaries: April 4, 2012

Walter C. Allen

Sept. 21, 1932-March 22, 2012

Walter C. Allen, 79, died Sunday, March 22, at Providence Portland Medical Center.

A service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Willamette National Cemetery.

Allen was born Sept. 21, 1932, in Quincy, Fla., to John and Myrtle Allen. He enlisted in the Navy in December 1954 and was discharged in September 1975.

In 1958, he married Diane Allen (Brown) in Vancouver, Wash. They moved to Estacada in 1993, and he worked delivering The Oregonian in town for 13 years.

He is survived by his wife; his two sons, John Allen of Spokane and Joe Allen of Gladstone; his brother, Herbert Allen of Tallahassee, Tenn.; and his sister, Shirley Adams of North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his brother, James Allen.

Joseph Cotter

Jan. 7, 1949-March 31, 2012

Eagle Creek resident Joe Cotter, 63, died at his home with his family by his side Saturday, March 31.

A gathering will be held at a later date, and more information will appear in a future edition.

Dorothy Ann Showerman

April 20, 1922-March 31, 2012

Dorothy Ann Showerman, 89, of Estacada died Saturday, March 31, from natural causes.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 6, at Estacada Funeral Chapel. Private inurnment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.

Dorothy was born to James Clifford and Meta Fink Kiggins on April 20, 1922, in Estacada. She graduated from Estacada High School and married her high school sweetheart, Don Showerman, on Feb. 14, 1946.

After high school, Dorothy worked at the Draft Board in Estacada during World War II. When Dorothy served as president of the American Legion Auxiliary in Estacada, she was the youngest person in the United States to have held that position. She was a longtime Camp Fire Leader as well as a Cub Scout den mother.

Dorothy and Don were avid travelers, and their many excursions took them from Europe to Africa to Tahiti. Dorothy was active in the Estacada Garden Club and The Swimmin' Women exercise group. She also was an avid gardener and craft enthusiast. Every Christmas season, she made and gave away more than 50 evergreen wreaths to her friends and family.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Doug of Mount Morris, N.Y., David of Milwaukie and Debbie Brochis of Estacada; her grandchildren, Ryan Showerman, Alexa Scott, Rachel Bunyard, John Brochis, and Lindsay and Ivy Rose Showerman; and her great-grandchildren, Lincoln, Bella and Caleb.

Her husband, and brother, Leslie Kiggins, preceded her in death.

Donations in Dorothy's memory may be made to the Estacada Garden Club c/o Judy Brown, 29400 S.E. Eagle Creek Road, Estacada, 97023-8735.

Estacada Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.



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