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Doretta "Dee" Myers

April 14, 1944 - October 25, 2017


Doretta “Dee” Myers was born in Phoenix, Arizona to Thomas Wagner and Ann Mae McHugh Wagner.  Her father was a flight instructor for the Thunderbird Unit of the U. S. Army, a forerunner of the US Air Force.
She grew up in Anaconda, Montana surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains.  After graduating from Anaconda High School, she got her degree from Eastern Montana State College in Billings, Montana.  She started her teaching career in Glasgow, Montana. 
There she met and married John Hopkins, where he was stationed as a member of the U. S. Air Force.  She moved with him to Panama City and taught in a school for children of military families.
She later taught at Nellie Muir Elementary in Woodburn, Oregon, where John and Doretta later divorced.  She remained a close friend of John until his death in 2014.
In 1977, she went to work as a Capitol Guide for the Legislature, working for the legendary Frankie Bell.  It was there she met Douglas Myers.  They married in 1980, and they moved to Portland, where she taught for eight years at Irvington Grade School.
Dee subsequently moved with her husband to Salem, where she pioneered an all-day kindergarten program.  At one point her principal had to initiate a lottery system for students to gain admittance, so great was the demand. 
Having no children of her own, she thought of her students in a very personal and special way, and closely followed them as they grew up.  She took immense pride in their accomplishments.  She taught all of them that they could be anything they wanted to be.  As her husband and her many friends have commented, going anywhere in Salem with Dee required extra time, with many hugs and enthusiastic conversations with students, their parents and close friends.
As you can see from the photo, she was a very beautiful woman.  Dee was equally beautiful inside as well.  She had an infectious laugh, and was always positive in her outlook on life.  She loved classical and jazz music, old movies and interior design and gardening.  She was a stylish dresser—always coordinated and colorful.  She loved art of all kinds.  While in Portland, she took classes at the Portland Art Museum, where she became a J. Paul Getty Fellow.  Her interests in art were extensive, and were reflected all over any house in which she lived. 
Dee loved to travel.  She was immensely proud of her Irish heritage on her Mother’s side, and toured Ireland with her sister and cousins, and traveled to London, Paris, Rome and Barcelona.
She is survived by her loving husband of 37 years, Doug Myers; her sister Winifred (and Chuck) of Anaconda, Montana; her nephews Christopher and Michael; Doug’s sons Steven and Geoffrey (and Alison); grandson Justin; granddaughters Kelsey and Kennedy and great granddaughter Isabella and her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Henry and Liza.  A Celebration of Life is planned for 2:00 pm, Thursday November 30th at the Spinning Room at Willamette Heritage Center 1313 Mill St., Salem, Oregon. 

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I am both saddened and shocked to hear of this news! Dee was a loving, sweet, and kind friend. I assisted both her and Doug on there many travels through our agency in Salem. I considered her a dear friend and she will be GREATLY missed. with so much love-Reena Evans, Marylin Messer and Shari Everson



Graduated with Doretta in 1962 and saw here many times throughout her life when she visited Anaconda. Doretta loved dogs and always brought them to Anaconda when she visited in the summer. Dorreta was a life long lover of the fine arts and had a vast knowledge of painting, I will miss her vivacious smile.