Dolly Jane Charity Savage was born April 7, 1928, in Seminole, Okla., to Mary Louise (Thomason) and William Floyd Savage. The second of five children, she was the oldest of four daughters.
Always the caregiver of the family, she made sure that all of her sisters had new dresses for their eighth-grade graduation.
In 1943 at the height of World War II she married Clinton Cook and moved to Texas. The marriage ended in 1944 and Dolly moved to Mosier to be close to her family.
In 1946 Bob Van Osdol was discharged from the army. He had served in campaigns in Northern France and the Rhineland but when he returned to Mosier where he had grown up he knew he had met his match.
He and Dolly were married in Hood River on Dec. 22, 1947. Four years later their only son, Christopher Lee, was born. Through the years the family lived in The Dalles, Springfield and eventually settled down in Hood River.
Dolly worked for Janzen and for 15 years, and worked the sorting and packing lines at Duckwall Pooley. A devoted co worker and a loving friend, Dolly was also known for her skills with the sewing machine and the knitting needles. Dolly’s handmade scarves, hats and dresses can be found in homes throughout Hood River.
She was also an amazing cook and she took great pride in her beautifully custom-made wedding cakes.
Dolly was also known for her extensive collection of dolls and stuffed animals. From Barbie to Cabbage Patch, from Raggedy Ann to GI Joe, there wasn’t a doll that she didn’t collect. For many years she and Bob attended doll and craft shows throughout the Northwest where they bought, sold and traded dolls and crafts of all kinds.
She was extremely proud of the blue ribbons that many of her handmade items won at the Hood River County Fair.
Throughout her life she was the adopted great aunt and grandmother to kids throughout the valley. Whether at a Little League game or a dance recital Dolly was always there with a hug, supporting applause and a home pie to celebrate with. She also loved feeding and caring for her cats, especially her favorite, Rhubarb.
On Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at Ashley Manor Care home in Hood River with family at her side Dolly went to meet the Lord. She was 82 years old.
She is survived by her son, Christopher, and his daughters, all of Northern California; and sisters Ollie Lou Herman, of Mosier, and Mary Tucker, of Gilroy, Calif. She was loved and will be missed by countless nieces and nephews, related and adopted, including the Hermans, the Warrens, the Catillos, the Tuckers, the Basshams, the Lopezes, the Gallardos, the Reyeses, the Farlows, the Hasegawas, the Emras and the Dennleys.
She was preceded in death by her brother Floyd Savage, her sister Louella Warren and her husband, Bob.
A celebration of life service will be held at noon on Friday, Oct. 29, at Anderson’s Tribute Center. Viewing is scheduled for Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday morning at Anderson’s. Graveside rites will follow at the Mosier Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials can be made in memory of Dolly to Heart of Hospice and sent care of Anderson’s.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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