Dorothy Slagle Harroun, 99, of Harbor, died February 25, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Medford, Oregon on August 16, 1921 to Henry T and Sadie Slagle. She had an idyllic childhood along with her brother RB “Bob” Slagle on their Wagner Creek homestead.
She graduated from Talent High School in 1938 at age 16. Her father hauled logs in the Rogue Valley. They followed the timber work living in Prospect at Skeeter’s camp and a summer on Nehalem beach.
Dorothy and her girlfriends packed pears in Medford at S.O.S. and Bear Creek packing houses and apples in Washington every fall for several years.
In 1947, Dorothy met Don Harroun. He was hauling logs in the Shady Cove area where she worked in a cafe. They were married that fall and moved to Brookings the very next day where they continued to live and raise their family for the decades that followed.
Volunteering was always something that Dorothy was good at. She met so many wonderful people through the years. She helped with Girls Scouts, Rainbow Girls, Eastern Star, Presbyterian Church, and Good Samaritan home. Dorothy and Don hosted Brookings’ first AFS exchange student in 1972. Walter Cordova from Bolivia stayed at the Harroun’s for a year and quickly found his place in the family.
Bowling in the early years and tole painting after all the kids were gone was her constant hobby. Don and Dorothy traveled the world as well. They enjoyed trips to Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland, RV trips to the southwest and Mexico and north to Alaska. If anyone she met wanted to see the Oregon Coast, she was proud to be their host. A lot of people came from afar to stay at her home. Dorothy always put others first. She wanted everyone to sit at her kitchen table to see the amazing ocean view and fill her with stories of their lives.
Most people will remember Dorothy under a beach umbrella on the Chetco river bar; her favorite place to be every summer. This tradition has carried on with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well.
Hiking and backpacking came into her life at a later age. Each year she would hike and camp in the Sisters wilderness with her three girlfriends. They went on to hike in the Swiss Alps for a month when she was 76 years old. In order to get in shape for these trips she would gather up some grandkids, put on a heavy backpack, and walk the beaches or the Redwood trail on the Chetco.
Dorothy is survived by her 5 children. Jim (Linda) Harroun of Roseburg; Sally (Ron) Karsten of Oregon City; Nancy (Doug) Nidiffer of Brookings; Jody (Dean) Wells of West Linn; and Donnie (Darlene) Harroun of Brookings. She has 12 grandkids and 28 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, brother, and husband Don.
The family will celebrate our Mom and Grandma at her family cemetery on Wagner Creek at a later date.
Memorials can be made to Coastal Home Health & Hospice, PO Box 6042, Brookings; Presbyterian Church, PO Box 697, Brookings; or Brookings-Harbor Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 7673, Brookings.