Dorothy Looney, 100, of Sunnyside, left her earthly home on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, after a bout with type A flu and pneumonia.

Mom and her twin sister Doris were born Dec. 25, 1910 in Jackson, Miss. to Bessie Tolles and Marcus Chastine and joined one brother and three sisters.

After graduating from Jackson High School at age 16, mom continued her education at Mississippi State College for women.

While home for spring break in 1927 she met and fell in love with her soul mate Floyd Looney who was in his third year at Millsaps College at Galloway Memorial Methodist Church in Jackson. Mom graduated after four years with a degree in Office Management.

Mom and dad got married Feb. 14, 1930, mom then joined dad in Atlanta, Ga., where he was attending Emory University School of Divinity, Betty, Dorothy and Floyd were born in Atlanta. After dad graduated he and mom moved back to Mississippi, where they ministered to several Methodist churches.

Dad was drafted when World War II started for Camp Shelly on Dec. 27, 1941. After the war was over the family moved to Sunnyside, where Floyd was an Army recruiter, and Floyd and Dorothy ministered the Buena Methodist Church for several years during this time also.

Upon retirement from the Army, Floyd and Dorothy went back into full time ministry, serving Cashmere Methodist Church and Newport Methodist Church for several years. When doctors advised Floyd to refrain from using his voice, they retired from full time ministry to become house parents for Children's Home Society for several years.

Floyd continued many volunteer jobs and Dorothy accepted a position at the University of Washington as an administrative secretary retiring at the age of 75.

Upon Floyd's death in 1986 Dorothy moved back to Sunnyside, to be near family. Living in an apartment, where she could garden and tend to flowers for several years, when Mona's eye sight left her almost blind in one eye, she decided to give up driving and moved to Sun Terrace for several years.

After a stroke in 2008 that left her confined to a wheel chair she made her home at Hillcrest Manor up until the time of her passing.

She was a lifetime member of the Methodist Church; she was always very active in her church family.

Dorothy is survived by her twin sister, Doris Hartford of Madison, Miss.; daughter, Betty Carlyle of Sunnyside; son, Floyd (Beverly) of Spokane and son, Bill (Trudy) of Tacoma; daughters-in law, Darlene of Newport and Yuma, Ariz., Colleen of Redmond and Kona, Hawaii, and Jean of Post Falls, Idaho; son-in-law, Jim Hoffman of Tacoma; 21 grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and 41 great-great-grandchildren; and also many friends who loved mom dearly.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd; her parents; one brother; three sisters; daughter, Dorothy Hoffman; sons, Guy and Sam; and son-in-law, Gene Carlyle.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 5, 2011, at 11 a.m., Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, 16th Street.

Child care will be provided.

Memorials may be made to the Union Gospel Mission (Yakima), Young Life (Sunnyside or Mabton), Lower Valley Hospice or to charity of donor's choice.

Smith Funeral Homes LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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