Northwest NEWS

April 16, 2001


Obituary: Dora H. Coughlin

Dora H. Coughlin, born June 4, 1933 in Alburg Springs, Vt. on her family farm, died at home in Woodinville on Monday, April 9, 2001 after a long battle with cancer.
   Dora Henry attended school in Alburg Springs in a one-room school house with her 13 brothers and sisters. Her father drove her and her siblings to school each day on a bus provided by the district because the family was so large. At 16, Dora managed a resort on Lake Champlain. She graduated from Hartford High School in Connecticut and then attended Syracuse University. She worked in resort management, and after a skiing accident at Stowe, Vt. where she was working, left to work at a bank in Burlington where she met her future husband.
   Dora married John Coughlin in Alburg Springs on Nov. 29, 1960, and later moved to New York state. She and John had four children. She worked as a nutritional counselor for the migrant workers. Later she opened her chain of small specialty shops called "Gemini."
   The Coughlins moved to Woodinville in 1978. Dora managed a retail store in Seattle, and in 1982 decided to open the Golden Egg Ski and Sport Shop and a second store later in Monroe. The shop name was derived from its location directly behind The Country Goose. Two generations of families have shopped at The Golden Egg.
   In 1988, Dora convinced her husband to add skis and snowboards to the shop.
   Dora loved to cook, sent meatloaves to the missions for the homeless, and was famous for her Christmas pork pies. She loved to travel with her daughters and frequently went to Cape Cod, Europe, Mexico, Nova Scotia and other places. Her pride and joy was a 30-year-old airstream that she kept at Point-No-Point for the family to enjoy.
   Dora became a certified yoga instructor, and was interested in Eastern philosophy. She was a member of St. Jude's Parish.
   She is survived by her husband, John; daughters, Jennifer Coughlin, Louise Faulds and her husband, Paul; Julie Marie Manion and her husband, Timothy; son, Mathew Michael Coughlin; grandchildren Conor and Meagan Manion; and eleven brothers and sisters.
   A memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Jude's Church,10526 NE 161st Place, Redmond, at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 20.