Dorothy Lee Cramer Grizzell, 77, of Preston Idaho, passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 10, 2022. She was born on April 12, 1944, in Osage City, Kansas; the daughter of GlenWilliam Cramer and Rosalie Woodward Cramer.
Dorothy loved her early childhood years living on farmland outside of Osage City and loved reminiscing about that portion of her life. She attended a one-room schoolhouse as a child and perhaps it was there that she gained a love for education. Dorothy was an elementary-age school teacher and her teaching career spanned over four decades. She was passionate about teaching and displayed so much fun and creativity in her classrooms in Kansas, Idaho, and Nevada. Hundreds of young lives were blessed by her influence and example.
In addition to teaching, Dorothy loved gardening wherever she lived. She had an extensive flower and vegetable garden at her home in Preston, Idaho. She always enjoyed being out on the back porch on cool evenings enjoying these gardens and reflecting on the good things of life. In later years, when it was harder to tend the gardens, good friends were there to help keep the gardens going.
Dorothy’s creativity extended beyond her gardens and classrooms. She was a prolific writer and storyteller. Dorothy faithfully kept a daily journal, wrote short stories, and authored and illustrated two children’s books. She enjoyed designing the additions to her Preston home and made every home she lived in a lovely, comfortable place for her family and friends to enjoy.
Dorothy was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She joined the Church in 1978 and thus began a life of service and devotion to teachings that rang true to her heart. She served in many Church organizations throughout the years, and ministered to so many people during her life. Her family is grateful to all those who were her dear friends in both the Preston 5th and 8th wards over all these years, and appreciate all the love and service provided to her.
Dorothy loved her two sons, Matthew and Adam. She was a devoted mother, who taught lessons of faith, love, service, honesty, integrity and frugality. She was a fun and creative mom--making holidays, birthdays and regular days seem so special.
Dorothy is survived by her older sister Phyllis, sons Matthew (Deborah) of Aurora, Illinois and Adam, of Pocatello, Idaho; and six grandchildren, Keaton, Haley, Cole, Austen, Cameron and Bryant.
Dorothy was the youngest of six siblings and was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother, her oldest sister Wilma (Cropp), and her brothers Clyde and David. Dorothy was also preceded in death by her first husband, Paul Trueblood of Barclay, Kansas and is survived by her former second husband, George Grizzell of Logan, Utah.
The family would like to thank all those involved with the medical care of Dorothy over the last several months of her life: Dr. David Beckstead, the medical staff at Franklin County Medical Center, the medical staff at Logan Regional Hospital, Maple Springs of North Logan, and Autumn Care Assisted Living & Memory Care of Hyde Park. A special thanks to good friends who provided so much care and service for Dorothy during the final years of her life: Virginia Johnson, and Jacyn and Nicole Goodsell and family.
A memorial service will be held for Dorothy later in the summer when all immediate family members can be present. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at webbmortuary.com.