Dolores Hoyt passed away Feb. 22 in Vancouver, WA, at age 103. Dolores Pearl Muench Hoyt was born June 6, 1919 in Hopkins, MN, daughter of William and Christina Trnka Muench and twin to Donald Earl Muench.
In 1926, she came west with her family to Portland. Dolores started Reed College in 1938 where she produced a radio show on the campus network. She then followed brother Gene to Whitworth College in Spokane where she met fellow chemistry major Charles Heritage Hoyt. After Charles and Dolores graduated in 1942, they became engaged. When WWII was declared and Charles joined the Army, they married in Baltimore, MD, Jan. 22, 1943. Dolores worked in chemistry at Edgewood Arsenal where Charles was stationed, and then taught school in Louisiana near another assignment. After he shipped out to Europe to join the second wave of the D-day invasion, she moved back west to work as a flour tester for a mill in Spokane and then with the Multnomah County Bureau of Health.
After the war, they moved in Urbana, IL, for Charles’ graduate studies. In 1947 he was hired as one of the first staff in Crown Zellerbach’s new research lab in Camas. During the 68 years they lived in Camas, they raised a family and were active in the community. In addition to raising two children, Dolores gave countless hours to WSCS, Camas Methodist Church, Grace Church, Lay Witness Missions, Laubach tutoring, Two Rivers Heritage Museum, LaCamas Heritage Trail, Heritage Park at the Camas-Washougal Port, and federal and state elections. Beginning in the 1970’s, Charles and Dolores spent many happy years visiting their son Howard in Seattle and their daughter Marilyn and her family in New York. They also hosted their beloved grandchildren in Camas for memorable summer outings.
Dolores is survived by her daughter Marilyn Hoyt and son-in-law Dr. Dan Wharton of New York; four grandchildren, Amanda (Tom), Katie (Kristin), Margaret (John) and Arcadio (Jen) and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Eugene and Donald; her son, Howard; and husband, Charles.
… Can we not see
that HE that orders such, also
patterns mortal life to have its time
of tide and place. Our lives ebb and
flow by measured grace…
Dolores Hoyt, 1993