Feb. 20, 1939 — Nov. 24, 2018
Surrounded by the love of her family, Darlys “Dolly” Ione Burch, 79, of Longview passed away Nov. 24, 2018, at the Hospice Care Center after being diagnosed with cancer on Sept. 28, 2018.
Born in Regent, N.D., Dolly was the 12th child of 18 children born to Goodwin and Frances (Gallup) Olson. Dolly attended Kelso schools after the family moved from North Dakota to Washington in 1946.
In 1956 Dolly married her sweetheart, Jim L. Sears Sr., and raised three children, Jimmy L. Sears Jr., Debra Elaine (Sears) Jenkins, and Bryan Alan Sears. Dolly later married David D. Burch in 1979 and shared 21 wonderful years together before Dave’s passing in 2000.
A widow, Dolly found tremendous joy in volunteering at the Sons of Norway, where she was a board member and the kitchen/social director for the organization. Dolly was a dedicated and loyal member who enjoyed teaching others how to make lefse. Dolly’s love of cooking and baking was a special gift she shared with all her many family and friends.
Although Dolly’s cooking talents were extraordinary, she also enjoyed embroidery work, gardening, canning fruits and vegetables, reading, playing card games, crossword puzzles, casino outings, and spending time in Arizona with family. Dolly loved watching the Seattle Mariners and she was the biggest Elvis fan and memorabilia collector. Dolly also collected bears for many years, resulting in her nickname “Mom-Bear.”
She was a generous soul and best known for her desire to help and care for others. Dolly was happiest working with her hands, attending family gatherings, and spending as much time as possible with those she loved.
Dolly is survived by a daughter, Debra Jenkins (John) of Longview and Casa Grande, Ariz.; a son, Bryan Sears of Longview; four stepchildren, John Burch (Grace) of Salem, Ore., Cathy Jorgensen of Longview, Dave Burch Jr. (Carol) of Bay City, Ore., and Bill Bach of Landcaster, Ky.; two brothers, Myron Olson (Karin) of Ellensburg, Wash., and Darrell Olson (Kay) of Kennewick; six sisters, Irene Srb of Garrison, N.D., Della Bailey of Pasco, Wash., Mavis Halverson (Bud) of Stanley, N.D., Gladys Collins of Longview, Arloween Schledewitz of Casa Grande, Ariz., and Nadine Maychrzak (Ed) of Marysville, Wash.; 24 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and numerous very special nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Goodwin and Frances Olson; two husbands, Jim L. Sears Sr., and David D. Burch Sr.; a son, Jimmy L. Sears Jr.; a stepson, Gene Bach; a granddaughter, Adri (Bach) Ellsworth; six brothers, Harley Olson, Ernest Olson (Shirley), Goodwin Olson Jr., Gerald Olson, Herbert Olson and Harold Olson; and three sisters, Arlys Douglas, Jean Stewart (George), and Doris Zander (Ray).
Contributions in Dolly’s name may be made to the Community Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 2067, Longview, WA 98632. Dolly received kind and loving care from all of their compassionate staff for 22 days. The family will be forever grateful to everyone at Hospice for the dedication and support they provide to families every day in homes and at the care center. The family is especially grateful for the dignity and love they provide to all the loved-ones we put in their care.
A celebration of Dolly’s life, including a potluck, is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the AWPPW Hall, 724 15th Ave., in Longview.