On Monday February 3, 2020, Dorothy "Dottie" Komko, loving Mother and loyal friend, passed away at the age of 91.
Dottie was born in Youngwood, PA, and lived around the world with her husband, Mike, and her the family. She made lifelong friends through her military life. The family settled in Parkland, WA, in the 60's and Dottie worked for Slyter Chair Company for over 25 years.
Dottie had two loves, music and her family and friends. Music was her love, passion and joy. She started playing guitar at age 15 and performed on stage all over the world. Later, she performed for retirement centers in Tacoma, Puyallup and Olympia for more than 35 years.
Dottie was one of a kind and the mold was broken with her. She was Momma Komko to the neighborhood and took care of every kid who was in need. Everyone knew that if you were hungry you could stop by the Komko house and get a meal, if you were in a jam, you could show up and get some non-judgemental advice from her or if you were too drunk to go home, she would give you a sofa to sleep on and take your car keys. She was the most amazing Mom anyone could ever have.
Dottie is survived by her three children, Randy, Patty and her husband Tim Van Valen, Rick and his wife Theresa and two grandchildren Ricky, and his wife Chanel, and Lacey.
A celebration of life will be held on Monday, February 10, 2020 at Parkway Presbyterian Church in Parkland at 1:00 p.m.
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