Dolores "Dee" McGregor died peacefully at her home in Haena, Kauai, Hawaii, on Jan. 14, 2013. She was 88 years old.
Dee was born on June 14, 1924, to Donald Alexander and Margaret Emma (Bieri) McGregor, in Minot. She was raised along with her three sisters and brother in McGregor. After graduating from high school in McGregor, Dee attended the University of Washington in Seattle, where she graduated with a bachelor of science degree in home economics.
Dee enjoyed a long and distinguished career in home economics in Seattle. She began her career working as a staff home economist for the Seattle Times for three years, followed by another three years with the Seattle Post Intelligencer. Dee then joined KING-TV and worked for 10 years producing the "KING's Queen," a popular live cooking show. During her tenure at KING-TV, she also compiled and edited recipes for "Bea Donovan's Favorites" cookbook.
Dee then went to work for Evans Pacific Advertising Agency. For 13 years, she served as director of Pacific Kitchens, the agency's food division. She also served as vice president of the agency for three years. During her 16 years Dee was instrumental in pioneering national publicity programs for commodity groups and associations representing fresh products from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, such as king crab, salmon, halibut, pears, apples, cherries and onions.
In 1977, Dee established her own food publicity service, Dee McGregor & Associates. She continued to provide national publicity for commodity groups and food associations.
Dee retired in 1997 and relocated to Kauai, where she had owned a home since the early 1970s. She loved living at the ocean on Kauai's North Shore and relished the peaceful beauty of the island and her many Hawaiian friends. The consummate hostess, Dee was always ready to welcome friends and family from the Mainland for fun visits and delicious food.
Dee is survived by: her sister, Dr. Mary McGregor, of Kauai. She is also survived by 11 nieces and nephews, and numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Luella Ritter and Maxine Elzi; and her brother, Donald McGregor.
Dee will be remembered for her quiet graciousness, beautiful sense of style and a true love for turning ordinary ingredients into masterful dishes. She will be dearly missed.
A family gathering in honor of Dee is planned for a later date in McGregor.
Contributions in memory of Dee McGregor may be sent to Zion Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 155, McGregor, ND 58755, or to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, c/o Wilcox Health Foundation, 3-3420 Kuhio Highway, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766.
(Kauai Memorial Gardens Inc., Lihue, Hawaii)