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Dorothy Lugo

January 15, 1942 — January 27, 2024

Dorothy Anne (Bessey) Lugo

Born January 15, 1942 to Edgar L. & Fanny E. (Holmes) Bessey, in Alliance, Nebraska, returned to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on January 27, 2024. She was preceded in death by her parents, older twin brothers (who died shortly after birth), and older brother, Donald E. Bessey (Lindsay, CA); a special nephew, Zack Parazoo, her beloved service animal, Penny, and one "grand dog.” She is survived by one daughter, Angela D. (Eric) Roth (who was more like a son than a son-in-law); two older sisters: Betty (Joe) Parazoo of Addy, WA; Bonnie (Howard) Williams of Spokane Valley, a younger brother, David (Cindy) Bessey of Coeur d'Alene, ID, and numerous nieces, nephews (great and great-great) as well as numerous cousins.

"D", as she was known to many, had proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era, serving as a Supply Chief and a Special Subjects Instructor. She was awarded a Navy Commendation Award. She also was one of the first woman police officers in St. Petersburg, Florida. She had a degree in law enforcement, was a certified medical assistant/transcriptionist. She was taken off work, in November, 1995, on long term disability from Bank of America, wherein she was a clerical administrative assistant. She enjoyed house/pet sitting for many friends/family. She was an accomplished artist and enjoyed writing. At one time, she had maintained a journal for over five (5) years, writing about medical illnesses which she endured. She actually had continued journaling about her medical issues up to the time of her death.

Her Southern Baptist Convention faith under girded her whole life. Early in her life, she had dedicated her life to the work of the church; and lived out her faith accordingly. She was a member of the Crestline Baptist Church, on the south hill of Spokane. In earlier years, she taught Sunday school, and various women's groups.

She was always an advocate for the under trodden. She "battled" the system for housing equalities, especially for those with service animals and/or the medically disadvantaged.

In lieu of flowers, Dorothy has asked that donations be made to SCRAPS, 6815 E Trent, Spokane Valley, WA 99212; and/or to animal shelters, for the care/placement of animals.
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