Dorothy M. “Dotti” Capes

February 15, 1925 — October 20, 2019

Dorothy M. “Dotti” Capes, age 94, longtime Coupeville resident, passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, at Careage of Whidbey.

Dotti was born Feb. 15, 1925, in Seattle to Edward and Vira (Bigelow) Paris. She was a graduate of Queen Anne High School. She met her future husband, Roland Capes, and they were married on March 2, 1943. They resided in the Magnolia Bluff neighborhood of Seattle, and later moved to Edmonds. In 1965 the couple moved to Whidbey Island. They also lived in other communities, including Lake Havasu City, Ariz., where they enjoyed wintering in later years. They eventually returned to South Whidbey and lived in Freeland. Dorothy and Roland traveled overseas on many missionary journeys. Serving the Lord with her husband was Dorothy’s passion. She loved to garden, crochet and knit. She made many crocheted creations and enjoyed sharing them as gifts with her friends. She had a deep love and personal relationship with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Dorothy is survived by four children: Bonny Halstead (Robert) of Clinton; daughter -in-law, Shelli Capes, of Lake Stevens; adopted son, Peter Capes (Kristy), of Peyton, Colo.; adopted son, Chris Capes (Estella Guzman), of Des Moines; and adopted daughter, Vicky Tolsma; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Marjorie Groshong of San Diego, Calif., and Joanna Davis (Bob) of Lynnwood; also, numerous other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland, on May 29, 2017; by her son, Greg Capes, on Aug. 15, 2019; by her daughter, Gloria, her adopted daughter, Winnie, her granddaughter, Tonya, and by four siblings.

A Celebration of life is being planned for this next summer and will be announced at, where family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences.