Dorothy Kay Lake
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Dorothy Kay Lake was born in Price, Utah on October 10, 1952 to Thomas and Connie Naylor. She grew up in Kearns, UT where she met her junior high school sweetheart and love of her life, James Russell Lake at the age of fourteen. The two wed on November 6, 1971 and began their real-life fairy tale. In 1972, they welcomed their daughter, Stephanie Kaye, into the world and the trio started their life adventures.
The family moved around the country following Jim’s work with cement plants and finally settled in Santa Cruz, California where her first grandson, Alexander was born in 1992. Dorothy worked for Pacific Western Bank where she helped found the courier department and was active in the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce. Dorothy had many stories about her time in Santa Cruz, but her favorites always featured her fun with Alex. Each morning, the duo would get coffee and head to the beach to read and play before she took him to school. She loved to craft and decorate, and she put it to work creating whimsical rooms for her grandson, from a custom farm theme to under the sea.
In 2000, the whole Lake clan moved to Eagle, Idaho, just blocks from Dorothy and Jim’s first apartment. In Eagle, Dorothy’s lifelong passion came to fruition when she opened the Chef Shoppe. She sold specialty kitchen supplies and hosted cooking classes. If there was a tool to make cooking easier, Dorothy had it and could teach you how to use it. She was also a member of the chamber of commerce and co-chaired Eagle Fun Days for two years along with Jim.
Dorothy was defined by her love for her family. She was a domestic goddess who could make a house a home and shower all who entered with love and comfort. She was a brilliant chef and baker. Anything she touched turned into a gourmet meal with vibrant settings to match. She embodied the ideal housewife with an extra serving of sass. Dorothy always had a witty quip at the tip of her tongue, her blue eyes would dazzle with mischief, and you just knew you were in for a laugh. She was an attentive listener and a trusted adviser, ready with a cup of coffee or glass of wine in a heartbeat.
Dorothy passed away on January 25, 2019 at St. Luke’s in Meridian. She is survived by husband Jim, daughter Stephanie, grandson Alex and wife Tierney, and grandson JJ, brother Tom, and countless friends and family whose lives she enriched.
A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm, on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr. in Garden City, with refreshments to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to The Shriners Hospital.