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Obituary for Dorthy Alice Brown
Dorthy Brown passed away peacefully on the morning of Aug. 21, at the age of 77.
Dorthy was one of the five children of Menno and Corienna Baer. She grew up in Pasadena, where she attended Washington Junior High School, John Muir High School, Pasadena City College and Lake Avenue Congregational Church.
Dorthy married George Robert "Bob" Mayes in Pasadena in 1958. They moved to San Francisco where Bob finished medical school and later joined the U.S. Air Force. Their eldest son, Randy was born in 1959, followed by their twin sons, Rex and Rusty in 1962. While Bob served as a physician in the Air Force, the family also lived in Colorado, Ohio and Germany, finally settling on a 40 acre ranch outside of Vacaville in 1973.
Bob died in 1988, and Dorthy married Stanley Arthur Brown in 1995. They lived briefly in Sun City, AZ where Stan was a pastor. When Stan retired they moved back to the ranch in Vacaville, where they continued to live among family. Both Dorthy and Stan were active members of Community Presbyterian Church in Vacaville.
Dorthy spent most of her life as a homemaker. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a gourmet cook and she loved to garden. Dorthy was a tireless worker, whether in the kitchen, in the orchard or at the family owned gliderport. Though demure by nature, she had many devoted life-long friends and enjoyed close, lasting and loving relationships with all of the members of her family.
Besides her two husbands, Dorthy is predeceased by her eldest brother Mel, and her elder sisters, Elsa Jean and Betty. She is survived by her youngest brother, Don; all of her sons; her daughters-in-law. Lori, Noelle and Kathy; her grandchildren, Sydney, Ryo, Ben and Nick, and her stepsons, Rick and Ron Brown and their wives, children and grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to North Bay Hospice and Bereavement.