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Dorothy L. Bierman
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • Posted March 12, 2014

Dorothy Leifeste Bierman died February 18, 2014, in Richland, Washington. She was born to Elgin W. and Hester Ella (Pape) Leifeste of near Fredonia on November 11, 1928.

She graduated from Mason High School in 1946. After working in San Angelo for a short time, she returned to Mason where she worked as a legal secretary to Mr. Schmidt. In 1948, she met Sidney R. Bierman of Brady, Texas. Shortly thereafter, she agreed to spend the one life she had with him. They were married April 16, 1949, in the First Methodist Church, Mason, Texas, by Pastor L. C. Beasley. They were to spend the rest of her life together.

For a short time, they lived in Brady, then as a marine's wife in Southern California. While in California, she worked at the Newport branch of The Bank of America. Following Sidney's discharge, she lived as a student's wife in Lubbock, Texas, where she gave birth to her first child, Debra Denise, in 1955. Before Debra was born, Dorothy worked for a CPA.

Following Sid's graduation from Texas Tech, they spent the next three years in the Standard Oil of New Jersey, Sierra Colorado Colony on the island of Aruba in the Dutch West Indies. While in Aruba, she was accepted into the Masonic Order of The Eastern Star. On Aruba, she gave birth to her second child, Marcus Craig, in 1957.

After Aruba, the family lived in Austin, Texas, where her husband attended The University of Texas Graduate School for two semesters. The family, which now included a second son (Jeffery Karl), moved to Richland, Washington. She was to spend the rest of her life in Richland.

During her life in Richland, she and Sidney drove along the entire coastline of the lower 48 states and some of Alaska. They drove the length of the Alaskan Highway and on to Fairbanks and Anchorage. Sidney's work took him to many places in the U.S., Europe, the British isles and Japan. She always traveled with him.

In 1966, they had a house built in Richland. Despite her traveling, she, as a wife and mother managed to turn the house into a home. It was in this home that she died, surrounded by her husband, three children, a granddaughter and a great grandson. In 1998, she and her family began building a cabin in the Blue Mountains of eastern Washington. She enjoyed her later life working on building this cabin and such things as stabilizing the creek bank following spring runoffs. Her remains will be scattered over a spot near the cabin designated by her. She enjoyed any kid of outside activity, especially playing tennis and working in her yard.

She is survived by her husband, three children, their spouses and eight great grandchildren. She is, and will be, missed so very much.

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