Friends were saddened to lose a lifelong Oakland, Oregon resident with the passing of Dorothee (Toots) Manning Heaton on December 1, 2012.
Dorothee was born March 14, 1922 in Oakland, OR to Bill and Ann Manning. She was descended, through her father, from the pioneer Manning family that settled in the Oakland area in 1851 on a donation land grant.
Dorothee, known as Toots to family and friends, grew up, and attended school in Oakland, from first grade through graduation.
After graduation, she worked in the Douglas County Flour Mill office in Oakland as a bookkeeper. Later, she worked at the Martin Box factory in Oakland until it closed. Subsequently, she worked for Douglas County Lumber in both the Winchester and Sutherlin offices until she retired.
Toots was widowed after 50 years of marriage to her hometown sweetheart, Leslie Heaton, whom she married on May 7, 1944 when he was home on leave from the service.
Toots enjoyed her family, her work, her hobbies of knitting and playing Bingo, her local sorority group and later many of her sons’ activities. She especially enjoyed the Oakland yearly class reunions and visiting with classmates and friends.
Dorothee was preceded in death by her husband Les Heaton, firstborn son William Curtis Heaton, who died in infancy, parents, Bill and Ann Manning, and brother, Ken Manning She is survived by two sons, Thomas and John Heaton; two grandchildren, Jaimee Heaton of Roseburg, and Bradley Heaton of Winston; and three cousins, Clyde Manning of Reedsport, OR, Annabelle Scheerer of St. Helens, OR, and Eloise Lamoreaux of Oakland,OR.
No memorial service is planned. Dorothee is interred next to her husband in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Oakland, Oregon. In lieu of cards, the family suggests donations in remembrance to the Sutherlin Senior Center in Sutherlin, Oregon.