Leatrice "Lee" Dulin
August 13, 1928 - July 12, 2016
Leatrice “Lee” Dulin died July 12, 2016 in Salem, Oregon. Born in Yakima, Washington to Edna and Landon Wilson, Lee was raised by her father and beloved stepmother, Mary, following the death of her mother when Lee was 13 months old. Lee’s sister, Georgia Rhodes, continues to reside in Yakima.
Lee attended college at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, where she met and married Kenneth Dulin in 1949. The couple had three children, Andrew, Diane and John. They made their home in Seattle, then moved to Madison, Wisconsin in 1968. Following their divorce, Lee spent a year in San Carlos, California before returning to the Pacific Northwest. She lived in Edmonds, Washington for 17 years, retiring from an administrative position with Harborview Hospital Epilepsy Clinic before moving to Salem in 2005.
Lee was known for her extraordinary watercolor and acrylic paintings and sold many pieces throughout the Midwest and West. She also proved gifted in pencil, ink, fabric and wood-carved art. After completing her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974, Lee taught drawing and painting for many years, earning accolades from students for her encouragement and frank feedback for artistic growth.
Lee was known for her wide-ranging tastes in reading, liberal political activism, spontaneity and infectious sense of humor. For a time she owned a flower shop and remained an avid gardener whose blooms often found their way into Lee’s paintings. She enjoyed drama and led several play-reading groups throughout her life.
Lee was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hillsboro, Oregon. She leaves behind five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Lee’s son John predeceased her in 2006.
A memorial service in celebration of Lee’s life will be held Monday, August 22, 2:00 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 494 East Main St, Hillsboro, Oregon. All are invited.