Dorothy Kathleen (Powell) Hunt, a Gig Harbor and Puyallup resident, passed away peacefully in her home on Feb. 29th, 2020. Dorothy was born in Aberdeen, Washington on November 29, 1932 to Alice and Ray Powell of Tacoma. She attended Stadium High School and the University of Puget Sound, where she earned her teaching degree and was honored to be chosen Sweetheart of Sigma Chi. It was at UPS, where she met the love of her life, Warren Hunt, to whom she was married for 61 years.
Dorothy and Warren were married in Tacoma on November 19th, 1954 and soon after moved to Fort Ord, California while Warren served in the army. Their first daughter, Kimberly, was born there in 1955. After Warren’s service in the Army, they eventually settled into the Puyallup community and had two more daughters, Lisa and Paula.
After a few years in the furniture business, Dorothy and Warren took over the Hunt family furniture store (Newell Hunt Furniture). They spent almost every day together making sure that they provided the best customer service in the furniture industry.
Throughout these busy years, Dorothy still loved teaching and often talked about her years teaching first grade. She was always involved with teaching or helping her daughters with their activities. She was a Camp Fire leader, a swimming instructor for the YMCA, a Sunday School teacher and a volunteer at the Methodist Church in Puyallup. She was a dedicated PEO member and sister. She loved her PEO friends and her monthly meetings.
Dorothy’s passion for education extended beyond her teaching career, however, as exemplified by her interest in the scholarship program through PEO and membership on the Board of Pierce College in Tacoma. Dorothy also took the time each year to attend the end-of-year of school assembly at Warren Hunt Elementary in Puyallup, to accept acknowledgement for the scholarship program she established with Warren.
Dorothy and Warren loved boating and fishing. Long-time members of Tacoma Yacht Club, the family spent every summer taking trips to the San Juan Islands and Canada.They chose to live on the water in Gig Harbor and loved having their boat, Sea Hunt II, in their front yard. Eventually, Lisa and Paula and their families owned their own boats and those summer adventures became very memorable as they boated with their daughters and 6 grandchildren.
Dorothy always wanted to attend any social gathering, loved being a G-Ma and adored reading to children. For years, she volunteered to read at a local Gig Harbor elementary school.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her daughter, Kimberly Hunt, husband, Warren Hunt and lovely sister, Lois Lynch. Her surviving family members will miss her dearly. They include Daniel Powell (brother)and wife Cheryl Powell, Bob Lynch (brother in law). Daughters Lisa Chovil and husband Ken Chovil, Paula Tarnove and husband Artie Tarnove. Her grandchildren Taylor Stone and wife Lacey Stone, Raelynd Tarnove, Nash Stone and wife Holly Stone, Jay Tarnove and step—grandchildren Kathryn Chovil and Victor Chovil, and great-grandchildren Nora Stone, Carter Stone, Warren Stone and Fionna Peterson.
A loving thank you to Sound Options of Tacoma for their care and support. We can’t begin to express our feelings about the high level of care you gave to our parents the past 8 years. Thank you, Kem, Pam, Catherine, Aida, Leah, Lenette and the many other caregivers that helped along the way. Thank you Franciscan Hospice for your support, music, massage, blessings and friendship.
To keep all of our family and friends healthy, we will plan a celebration at a later date.
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