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Dorothy Jenkins Ross

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5/12/13 - 11/7/12

She died on the ranch where she was born into a horse drawn world without running water or electricity, before women could vote. She attended a one room school, traveled the Sierra by wagon and to San Francisco on the Delta Queen.

Her grandfather was the area's last Civil War vet. A 1935 UC Berkeley grad, she had a contagious curiosity - passed to her 3 sons who all earned doctorates.

After her marriage to a Berkeley classmate she moved to San Diego, then San Marino, but returned to Live Oak each summer. As her husband Ronald advanced in banking, she traveled to Cape Canaveral for space launches and Korea for supertanker launches, ventured from Uzbekistan to Casa Blanca and the Paris Air Show - always promoting California fruits and nuts.

She was a trustee and historian of the family foundation in Williamsburg, VA, past president of the Caltech Service League, and on many boards in her years with the AAUW, DAR, California and Sutter County Historical Societies and Community Memorial Museum, San Marino Garden Club and Women's Club, and various Friends of the Library. In 1972 her "Side Streets to History" book of bicycle routes was published; her later books "The Blue Oak" and "Jenkins Farms, Life on a family fruit farm in Early California" document the history of Sutter County. She is survived by her sons Rob (Donna) of Cambria, Ohio State University professor emeritus of biochemistry; Ron (Nancy) of LaCanada-Flintridge, retired engineer at NASA JPL; and Rich of Lincoln, a Sacramento attorney and Placer rancher; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and many Jenkins nieces and nephews.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Nov. 18, 2012
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