An Original Beach Girl
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Dottie passed away peacefully on July 15, 2013 at Silverado Senior Living. She was born February 8, 1924 in Manhattan Beach. Her family bought a house at the beach in 1918 and have lived near the ocean ever since. Dottie was a true beach girl, she enjoyed swimming, paddle boarding, and fishing off the pier. She often got in trouble with her parents for diving off the pier.
Dottie met her husband Bill in second grade at Center School (now Pacific) in Manhattan Beach and they attended school together at Redondo High School and Long Beach City College. They were only apart when she went to UCLA and Bill went to USC. Dottie graduated from UCLA as a teacher and taught PE for two years at Alhambra High School.
Bill and Dottie became fixtures in the South Bay after college. Bill's father helped start the Manhattan Beach Badminton Club where Dottie became a local star player. She was written up in the L.A. Examiner with a picture captioned "Darling Dottie" of the courts. Dottie was an early member of the local charity Sandpipers, often hosting events in her home. In the early sixties Bill and Dottie joined the King Harbor Yacht Club.
Dottie became deeply involved in volunteering at the club. During her years there she was elected Woman of the Year, won the Gal Award, and received Volunteer of the Year for the Tom Collier Regatta for Cancer. Dottie volunteered for the 1984 Olympics and worked as a Welcome Ambassador at LAX, one time not allowing Peter Ueberroth's top aide from entering a secure zone because he did not have his badge.
While she did all her volunteer work she also raised 4 children, played tennis and helped at the Children's Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store. Dottie was an avid sailor. She sailed for a month around Tahiti on a 28 foot sailboat with Bill and another couple, spent time in the Caribbean, and was often seen at Catalina Island.
Dottie was a sweet woman who would do anything to help others. Her spirit touched everyone she met. She loved playing sports, especially tennis and badminton, and enjoyed watching USC football (a forced conversion from UCLA by her family). Dottie is loved dearly by her children, Kirk, Kim, and Kristin, along with her 5 grandchildren, and her numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her childhood sweetheart and husband of 58 years, Bill, and her eldest son Kip. She will forever be remembered by her coquettish smile.
Dottie has asked that in lieu of flowers that donations are given to King Harbor Youth Foundation c/o King Harbor Yacht Club, 280 Yacht Club Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. This was an organization that gave her great pleasure.
A memorial will be held at King Harbor Yacht Club on August 20 at 12:30 PM.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Aug. 1, 2013