Dorothea Jean Francisco

June 30, 1922 - April 21, 2023

Dorothea Jean Francisco

June 30, 1922 - April 21, 2023


Dorothea Jean Francisco, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on April 21, 2023, at the age of 100. She was born on June 30, 1922, and lived a long and fulfilling life.

Dorothea was married to Ralph D Francisco on February 21, 1942, in Lynden, WA. They were married for 46 years until Ralph’s passing on May 30, 1988. Together they raised four children, and Dorothea was a devoted and loving mother.

Dorothea loved music, and it was a significant part of her life. She played the organ and loved to sing, sharing her musical talent with the community. Her passion for music touched the lives of many, and her talents will never be forgotten.

She also enjoyed spending time with her family, especially during holidays, where she would cook fabulous food and create cherished memories. Her positive outlook on life was contagious, and she inspired those around her to be happy and grateful for what they had.

One of her favorite places was Birch Bay, WA, where she spent quality time with her family. They would often gather for music jam sessions on Sunday afternoons, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all who attended. She was a happy person who always had a smile on her face and a resilient spirit.

Dorothea is survived by her daughters, Carol Manske (Robert) and Barbara Ferry, her son Brent Francisco, and daughter-in-law Jean Francisco as well as her ten grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, and six nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Ralph D. Francisco, and her son, Richard E. Francisco.

Dorothea’s legacy will live on through her family and friends, who will always remember her kind heart, love of music, and passion for cooking. She will be deeply missed but forever remembered.

A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd at 10:00 am in Greenacres Memorial Park followed by a gathering at Greenacres Chapel, both located at 4700 Northwest Drive, Ferndale, WA 98248.

Please consider donating to Whatcom Hospice Foundation or Christian Health Care Center in Dorothea’s memory.

Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: May 03, 2023 (10:00 AM)
  • Venue: Moles Farewell Tributes Greenacres
  • Location: 5700 Northwest Drive Ferndale, WA 98248 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (360) 384-3401


  • Date & Time: May 03, 2023 (11:00 AM)
  • Venue: Greenacres Memorial Park And Event Center—Ferndale
  • Location: 5700 Northwest Drive Ferndale, WA 98248 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (360) 384-3401

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2 responses to Dorothea Jean Francisco

  1. I’m very sorry to hear of my friend’s passing. She lived an amazing long life. I became friends with Dot at Lynden Manor and bonded over our love for music. I had the pleasure of accompanying her on the piano for her to sing a solo at one of our concerts. I played the piano for her at Christian Healthcare as well. I was sad when I didn’t see her during the shut down and hoped she had survived. When I went to see her a few months ago, I was happy she was still there and had the same cheery disposition she always had. She was so happy to see me. I was thrilled to play the piano one last time for her. I will miss her greatly!

  2. I knew Dot & family from church at Birch Bay where she played the organ. Such talent & such a delightful lady. She also played the organ for our wedding in 1970. My deepest sympathy to Brent & to all the family.

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