Dortha Louise Hoppe, 91, of Star, Idaho, and longtime resident of Canyon City, passed away April 8 at her daughter’s home in Star. A private family service will be held at a later date.
Hoppe was born to Robert Errol Duff and Opal Louise (Beeson) Duff Aug. 17, 1925, in Earlham, Iowa. She went to Earlham High School and later attended the Hurley School of Nursing in Flint, Michigan, graduating in 1945.
She wed Carl F. (Buck) Hoppe in Hood River on Dec. 23, 1947, and together they had a son and a daughter, Wayne and Janet.
Hoppe began her nursing career at the Hood River Hospital and eventually moved to Izee, working for the Prairie City Hospital. The hospital was later moved to John Day. Throughout her career, Hoppe worked for more doctors than anyone can remember. During her time as a nurse, she became the first home health nurse in Grant County, under Dr. Ted Merrill. Dortha’s nursing career spanned over 50 years, and she retired in 1995.
In her younger years, she was too busy to spend any time on hobbies, but later in her life, she found she liked to sit in front of her picture window and watch the traffic go by.
Hoppe leaves behind her daughter and son in-law Janet and Todd Lovell of Star; son and daughter in-law Wayne and Barbara Hoppe of John Day; sister Illomay Van Orsow of Sandy; grandchildren Sharrie and Mike Slinkard of John Day, Chris Hoppe of John Day and Amy Hoppe of Canyon City; great-grandchildren Ashley Slinkard of Wilsonville, Kaitlyn Slinkard of John Day and Ryan Hoppe of John Day; and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her sister Phyllis Rose; husband, Buck Hoppe; and granddaughter Raegan Hoppe.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grant County Hospice through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.
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