Dolores (“Lorrie”) Weller
On Monday, February 28, 2022, our beloved mom (“Gram” to the grandkids) passed away peacefully in her bed in hospice care at Providence Mount St. Vincent at the ripe old age of 92. She is survived by son Ken Weller, daughter Laura Vanderpool (and husband Scott), daughter Tracey Weller (and partner Mike Marlowe), and daughter Jennifer Southwell (and husband Jim); grandkids Lindsay Vanderpool, Jacqueline and Josephine Southwell, and Wyatt Weller; and Wyatt’s mom, Melissa Weller.
Born and raised in Seattle, she was a true Seattleite with the coveted job of Frederick & Nelson elevator operator and graduated from Holy Angels Academy. She met our father, Oree Weller, who was calling a bingo game at the Commissioned Officers’ Club at the Pier 91 Naval Base. A Navy officer (Lt. Commander) and civil engineer who had recently gotten a job at Boeing, Dad brought on the Texas charm, and they were engaged just a few weeks later! Together they raised four children and had a strong and happy marriage until dad passed in 1993.
Mom had a deep Catholic faith, which guided her and inspired her every day. She taught Sunday school at St. Louise de Marillac Parish in her early married years and made sure we all went to Sunday mass each week. As she got older, she would be found early in the pews at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in West Seattle listening to the Starry Crowns music group practice before mass even started. She was also always saying a rosary several times a day for someone that needed a little extra help.
She played music constantly in the house when we were growing up - the Metropolitan Opera Saturday matinee broadcast, LPs of all the classic musicals, jazz artists, classical music from Bach to Stravinsky, the Beatles, Barbra Streisand, and more.
She was an avid sports fan, from the Seahawks and Mariners to all the school and club teams her kids and grandkids participated in.
She also was in the audience at all the school concerts and plays. In a nutshell, she was a mom that loved whatever her kids and grandkids were doing and supported them without hesitation.
She was an avid gardener who taught us the joy of growing and nurturing plants.
She gave us a love of reading, of stories, of using our imagination to conjure up worlds from the humblest of props.
She took great pleasure in making people laugh, especially with her lighthearted sarcasm. During the last months of her life when she lived at Providence Mt. St. Vincent, we would hear over and over about how everyone loved mom and her always-present cheeky humor.
She loved people without reserve and was most happy in the presence of her family and the many friends we brought home. In her later years, she shared her love and laughter with four grandkids, our spouses and partners, and all our animals as well.
She was kind. One of the last things she said to all of us when we were on a zoom call when she was in hospice was "Be good to each other." So simple and so direct, whether you are considering individual relationships or entire countries. So, we will do our best to let my mom's spirit live within us and spread love, laughter, and goodwill.
Mom was an avid reader and lover of public libraries. If you are moved to do so, please consider contributing to a fund we have set up for the Seattle Library Foundation in her honor: https://give.supportspl.org/LorrieWeller
Rest In Peace MomGram,
The Weller Family
Mom was an avid reader and lover of public libraries. If you are moved to do so, please consider contributing to a fund we have set up for the Seattle Library Foundation in her honor:https://give.supportspl.org/LorrieWeller),