Dorothy Elisabeth Dix
Dorothy Dix (Schoenemann) a devoted wife, loving mother and dear friend to so many passed away on Christmas Eve, 2020 after a short battle with COVID.
Dorothy was born on September 28, 1928 in Burbank, CA, the daughter of Marius and Marianne Schoenemann. She graduated from Burbank HS just after World War II in 1946. Her first jobs were with Standard Oil of California and Macy's in San Francisco. A friend invited Dorothy to visit her parents in Honolulu so they headed out to the Territory of Hawaii, as it was known before becoming a U.S. State. Dorothy absolutely loved the islands, her passion eventually leading to a career in the Hawaiian travel industry.
Miss Schoenemann worked for Pan American Airways (Pan-Am) in Seattle to help promote travel to Hawaii. A year later Matson Lines had an opening for a Social Director for the ships S.S. Lurline and S.S. Mariposa sailing from San Francisco to Honolulu, Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand & Australia. These were glamorous 6-week cruises often frequented by celebrities of the era such as Walt Disney, Elvis Presley and Lucille Ball. Dorothy also worked at the Matsonowned hotels along Waikiki Beach including the Royal Hawaiian, Moana Surfrider & Princess Kaiulani.
While visiting her Parents in Medford, Oregon she asked if they knew a good Dentist? They recommended Dr. Paul Dix. After meeting in the dental chair, a lunch ensued followed later by an engagement and wedding. Dorothy quit her travel jobs, moved to Oregon and later had a son Paul.
The family moved to Lake Oswego, Oregon and resided in the community until 1993, then were residents of Wilsonville, Oregon until 2014. At that time, she and her husband moved to Issaquah, WA to be closer to their son.
Dorothy was involved in various churches in Lake Oswego and Issaquah through the years and loved to visit local restaurants. She had an Interior Design business for a short time, and also conducted tourist excursions to Hawaii from Portland. She enjoyed gardening, biking, golfing, sailing, tennis and crosscountry skiing over her lifespan plus rooted for local collegiate and professional sports teams. Her life-long travel bug did not vanquish as she enjoyed memorable family trips to Europe, Canada, Mexico and 45 of the U.S States. She loved the Oregon Coast, Sunriver, Oregon and Victoria, B.C. Along her life journeys, Dorothy made countless friends who remember her loving and beautiful spirit.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; and sister Luise. She is survived by her loving husband Paul; and son Paul. Donations to the Oregon Humane Society in Dorothy's memory are gratefully accepted.