February 13, 1920 - January 4, 2014
Doris “Dee” Bartshe, a long-time Gardnerville resident, passed away peacefully on the morning of 4 January last. For her last few days she was attended and comforted by dear friends and family. Dee is now with her husband, Allen, of 65 years as was her wish since losing him some 6 years ago. She is survived by her two loving sons Bob and Tim. She will be sorely missed by her family as well as all of the people she touched over her life of nearly 94 years.
Dee, born in Los Angeles on 13 February 1920 up until just last June when she fell and injured herself lived independently in her home. She amazed those that met her at her acute ability to distill issues of life into digestible bites and her humor and smile always shown through; she was truly a “glass half-full person, never allowing the speed bumps of life to slow her down. She had an uncanny ability to make friends and give even clerks at a store or complete strangers in a line a smile and kind comment. Most went away the better for it as it was her style and motto for living life. Dee was first and foremost a wife to the only man she had ever loved, a mother to her two sons who she was always proud of regardless of what they did and an artisan with a talent for creativity. Very early she molded and fired ceramics then moved into hand-cut tile mosaics, including a Scottish bagpiper which won gold medal at the LA County Fair. When the mere task of cutting tiles became too much she moved into oil painting and finally applying her sewing crafts to the final joy of her life; quilting. Through this she touched and taught many and was active until the very last with local quilting groups sharing her genius with pattern matching and making mere pieces of fabric into beautiful masterpieces which adorn many a bed and wall in so many homes. She had many sayings hanging on her quilting room, but the one that comes to mind is “the one with the most fabric in the end, wins”. Certainly mom was a winner regardless of whether she did have the most or not. Over the years, she would make hundreds of small blankets and donate them to the Children’s wards at Carson-Tahoe and Renown Hospital. Her career began as a registered nurse during the War and after getting her BA from Long Beach State, started teaching nursing and then followed her sons into high school as school nurse. The kids trusted her as she was tough but always fair which was her way; guidance and boundaries were her way of instruction as well as the way to show fondness and affection. There is not much better that can be said about a person’s life than so many noticed and mourned her passing. She will be celebrated every day through the footprints she left on our souls. We wish to invite all who knew Dee and were touched by her to come and celebrate her life with us at Emeritus (ne Merrill Gardens) at 1565 Virginia Ranch Rd, Gardnerville. The services will be led by the Pastor Pete Nelson at 10:30. In lieu of flowers, Dee was a supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project and any donations would be very greatly appreciated by her and the great need that it represents. The family hopes to see you all there.