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Dorothea ‘Dot’ Merlino: 1928 — 2012 | Passages

October 23, 2012 · Updated 3:33 PM

Dorothea “Dot” Merlino / Contributed photo

Dorothea “Dot” Merlino, 83, of Friday Harbor, passed away at the Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland, Wash. on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 surrounded by her family.

She was born Dec. 17, 1928 in Malden, Mass., the daughter of Ove Jacob & Mary Alice Hansen.

She is survived by her son, Richard Merlino, his wife, Carol “CJ” Merlino, and her grandchildren, Jessica Carol Merlino, and Patrick Merlino, his wife Jessica Lynn Merlino, and her great-grandchild, Tristan John Merlino.

Dot Merlino lived for 25 years in Boston, Mass., moving to Scottsdale, Ariz. in 1957, and then to Washington state to be with her son and family in 1991.

In 2000, the family moved to Friday Harbor, Wash., where Dot became well-known for her award-winning quilting and embroidery. She was an avid square dancer, enjoyed reading, played the organ, and delighted in sharing her love of the sewing and knitting arts with others.

A Celebration of Life will be held, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at the San Juan Community Theatre, located at 100 2nd Street, Friday Harbor, Wash., 98250, from noon to 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to “Queen, It’s a New Day”, at www.queenitsanewday.org.

— Family of Dorothea Merlino


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