Dorothy Jean Haney/Aznir
January 17, 1959 - September 19, 2016
Dorothy Jean Haney Aznir
Dorothy was born January 17, 1959 in St. Helens, Oregon. She was given the name Dorothy Jean Haney by her parents, Larry and Dorothy Haney. But over the years she went by many names – Dot, Dottie, Dottie Jean, Mom, Aunt Dot and a few more to be sure.
At a young age Dot moved to Coos Bay were she had her first job, met her first love and finished high school. In 1979 Dottie and her first love, Lewis welcomed their son Nathan into the world. And in 1982 Dot and her third or fourth love welcomed her second son, RJ into the world.
In 1984 Dottie Jean moved herself and her children to Malaysia to be with her husband, Raja. While neither the move across the world or the marriage lasted, the memories made lasted a lifetime.
After moving back to the states she gave up on men and met Karen, whom she shared seven years with. During this time she lived in the Hermiston/Umatilla area of Oregon where she had the chance to reconnect with many aunts and uncles.
Leaving the desert for the beautiful Willamette Valley, she and her boys moved to Salem in 1992. Here Dottie flourished, volunteering her time at MASS, a social service for people with HIV/AIDS. With her compassion, friendliness and experience earning her many close friends. Many friends that have since passed from the disease. During this time she had her hands full as a single parent of two very different boys. She started Chemeketa Community College and proudly graduated in 1995.
In 1998 her first grandchild Tristin was born. She was a doting Grandma, always there to help and spoil.
At the turn of the century she met another love of her life, Good Eagle, with whom she shared 6 years. And in 2000 they moved to Klamath Falls where they bought a home and started an adult foster care home where she could practice her life-long love of helping people full time.
In 2006 Dorothy’s health brought her back to the Salem area to be with her children and growing brood of grandchildren.
Dorothy stayed in the Salem/Keizer area for the rest of her life, she spent many hours with her children and grandchildren. To them she will always be Grammy, maybe her favorite name of all. Her health steadily deteriorated over the years, she had put a lot of miles on her body.
During the last five years she had received great care from many doctors and nurses. And in the last year of her life she started dialysis at DaVita in Salem where, just like Dot, developed a couple of very important relationships with the some of staff there, whom became surrogate daughters to her.
Dot watched her kids grow, her son marry and raise a big family. She saw the world and she loved many people with many people loving her right back.
Her passing will leave a big space in many people’s lives and hearts.
Dorothy passed away September 19, 2016. She was surrounded by loved ones and Elvis Presley singing, “Peace in the Valley” in the background as she went from this world to the next. Now as the tears dry, I know she hopes the smile will return. As you think of best memories you have of her.
I’m sure I’ve left people and places out but not on purpose.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy, her dad Elton, and her father Larry. Her brother David, her Uncle Harry, and Uncle Cliff and Lewis and Lon. I know there must have been a big welcoming party.
She is survived by her son RJ, of Salem. Her son Nathan and her daughter-in-law Laurie of Salem, Her grandkids Tristin, Logan, Tyler, Zoey and Stormy Jean. Her big sister, Gerri and her little brothers and sisters – Ritchie, Elton Jr., Carol and Amy. Monty, Dennis and Theresa. Plus many nieces and nephews and great nephews and great nieces. Many friends and former loves that she never really stopped loving.