Dorothy Jean (Brown) Hurrle

Born: Tue., Sep. 17, 1929
Died: Mon., Nov. 2, 2020

Family to do services at later date

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Dorothy Jean Hurrle was born September 17, 1929 in Pendleton, Oregon to Ellis (Toby) and Helen Brown.  She grew up with her brother Robert on the family wheat ranch in Helix, Oregon.  Dorothy passed away on November 2, 2020 in Pendleton at the age of 91.

She attended Helix Schools and Oregon State University.  As a young working gal she lived in Portland, Oregon and worked for Mack Truck.  While living in Portland she met Don Hurrle, they married in Helix on the ranch and lived in Portland and Seattle.  In the 1950’s they moved to Hermiston, Oregon and built Don’s Dairy Freeze in Umatilla.  

Dorothy loved to entertain – she hosted sorority and fancy bridge club parties at the country home.  And she loved to be entertained – traveling to the city to see Broadway and musical shows.  She had elegance, style and was a wonderful seamstress, forever sewing up the latest fashions from Vogue magazine.  She moved to Pendleton in the 1980’s where she dolled up the ladies while working at Milarkey’s and Pendleton Woolen Mills.  She made sure her daughter Diane, grandkids Robert and Hallie and great grandson Spencer were the best dressed.  At Christmas time Pendleton shirts were traditionally under the tree for her son-in-law Vance and grandson-in-law Chance. The Helix Rodeo and the Pendleton Roundup and parade were her favorite times of the year.  Being on time to the rodeo was imperative – for her the best part of the show was when the Queen and Court rode in.  After the rodeo it was tradition to dine at Hamley’s - Dorothy’s delightful charm and beautiful smile always got us a table when the tables were full.  She said to never be afraid – or you will never go anywhere.  She traveled the world – Africa, Russia, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, the Caribbean, the Orient, she loved Hawaii and of course those Oregon State Football games with her associate Russ Dorran.  Dorothy had many wonderful friends, weekly they enjoyed a visit and wine afternoon at Cimmiyotti’s.  A big-hearted thank you to her friends for their kindness and helping her get there, she loved the laughs!

She is survived by her daughter Diane (Vance) Moe, grandchildren Robert Moe, Hallie (Chance) Fricke, great grandson Spencer, her brother Robert Brown and her nieces Sally Mack, Patti Fassler, Kristi Flyg, and their families.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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