Dorothy H. Cresci

Born: Wed., Mar. 13, 1918
Died: Thu., Jan. 6, 2011

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Dorothy Whiteley Cresci – a Pendleton resident passed away on January 6, 2011. She was 92 years old. Viewing will be held between 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Graveside Funeral Services will be conducted the same day at 2:00 PM at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Athena Gem Inc., PO Box 85, Athena, OR, which is a fund devoted to the restoration of the Gem Theater, or you may contribute to a charity of choice. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the online guestbook at Dorothy was born in American Falls, Idaho, on March 13, 1918 to John Heberlein and Gescena Rohde Heberlein. Dorothy joined an older sister, Elizabeth. The family with their two young girls moved to Pendleton Oregon. Dorothy graduated from Pendleton High School in 1936. On October 31, 1936 she married Layton C. Whiteley of Adams. Layton was employed by Revella Lieuallen, and he and Dorothy resided on the Lieuallen Ranch. The streets of Athena, OR, were lined annually with seasonal farm workers, who came to harvest in the summers. Many workers would live in the bunkhouse out on the ranch. Dorothy and her daughter Deanna cooked food in order to pack up numerous lunches for the work crews. Dorothy went to work for US Bank in Athena; she loved her work as a teller, and loved seeing the customers. Many times she would wake in the middle of the night to announce "I remember where that five cents went to" – not balancing her till would cause nightmares! Layton and Dorothy led active lives with their children. Dorothy helped with Campfire and Blue Birds, and both of them attended many sporting events at the local school in Athena. On December 25, 1966, Layton passed away, and in the spring of 1967, Dorothy and Deborah moved to Athena. On November 19, 1978 Dorothy married Gerald Cresci and the couple lived in Pendleton. At this time, Dorothy worked for Agri-Chem in Adams, and her employer sponsored a bowling team comprised of: Dorothy, her daughter Deanna, and her best friends Harriet Dunlap and Ann Rand, to name a few. She loved her work at Agri-Chem with Pauline, Wilkie, and Ron, and she loved seeing many of her dear friends – the local farmers. She loved telling a story about Harold Thompson whispering a joke in her ear – she always said that he surprised her so, that she fell over – breaking her wrist! Meanwhile, Dorothy and Gerry enjoyed traveling throughout the Northwest, and even to Germany. Dorothy was a member of the Pendleton Side Saddlers, she loved helping out at the Round-Up Breakfasts and taking tickets at the gate, where she always renewed acquaintance with many people. She also devoted a lot of time to the Main Street Cowboy functions, as well as Pendleton Lions Club events, as Gerry was a member of both of these organizations. Gerald Cresci passed away on January 27, 1999. Dorothy continued to reside in Pendleton with her beloved poodle CeCe. Her life revolved around playing cards with the girls at the Elks Club, and in various homes. They would play for penny pots, and usually went out to lunch on pinochle day. When Dorothy was in her late 80's she had her first serious run-in with the law. Her Pendleton home was being over-run with neighborhood cats, and she had finally had all she could stand of their using her yard and garden space, plus, they would actually rest on the hood of her beloved Caddy! One morning she spotted several cats in her front yard area, and she whipped out her BB gun, headed out the front door, and opened fire. Unfortunately, this behavior was observed and she was turned in to the authorities. It wasn't long before a kind officer of the Pendleton Police Department knocked on her front door, wrote out a citation, and confiscated her BB gun. A few weeks later, when appearing in court, she was asked by Judge Robert Ridgeway just what she was shooting at on that fateful day, to which she replied, "Cats!" The gavel came down, and she was fined $157. Her BB gun was never returned. This story has been repeated many times by Dorothy and family, and will be a big part of her enduring legacy! Dorothy is survived by: Deanna and Bill Ferguson, Dean and Rosie Whiteley, Deborah and Vern Hayward, Constance Cresci Blanchard, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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