Northwest NEWS

November 30, 1998

Valley Special

Obituary: Dorothy Portwood Mills

   Services were held Nov. 29 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Fall City for Dorothy Portwood Mills, 89, of Carnation. Mrs. Mills was born Aug. 18, 1909 in Wisconsin, and died Nov. 23 in Carnation.

   Dorothy arrived in the Valley via the Cedar Falls Railway, moving to Carnation in 1918, where she spent her entire life. During the late 1920s, she worked at Swan's Mill as the bunkhouse cook. During World War II, she worked at Boeing as a riveter. She worked on every B-29, with the exception of the first one, and also worked on the Enola Gay.

   In the 1950s Dorothy owned and operated the "Friendly Cafe" in Carnation. She also worked as a cook at the "B&M Cafe."

   Dorothy was one of the first nurses aides hired at the North Bend Nursing Home. She was also a charter member of the Sno-Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church.

   Survivors include daughters Dorothy Burnside and husband Howard, North Bend, RuthAnn May, Carnation, Florence Waterhouse and husband Don, Carnation; son Herman Portwood and wife Norita, Carnation; four grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; and sisters Caroline Stensland, Shoreline, and Ida Mae Paar, Puyallup. She was preceded in death by husbands Lonnie Portwood, Nov. 1956, and John Mills, Oct. 1985, and by two grandchildren.