Dorothy Mae Schneider, 83, of Marysville, CA passed away after a short illness on April 28, 2013 at The Fountains in Yuba City, CA.
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Dorothy was born in Salinas, CA on December 25, 1929 to Peter Carl Johnson of California and Opal Mae McKinley of Missouri. She grew up in Salinas, San Francisco, Alameda and for a short time in Redding, CA. Dorothy's childhood could be compared to a "cat with nine lives" as she survived being run over by a car (after jumping on and falling off the running board), being hit by a car at age 8 in San Francisco and making headlines in the newspaper and also falling out of a moving car when she was a teenager and never once receiving a broken bone! She graduated from Alameda High School in Alameda, CA in 1947 where she played on the tennis team.
After high school, Dorothy went to work for Bank of America and after work one night, she met and fell in love with her soon to be husband, Wilhelm J. "Moose" Schneider at the local bowling alley. Dorothy and Bill married in 1951 in Las Vegas, NV and set up their home in Salinas, CA. Shortly after their second daughter was born in 1955, the young family moved to San Luis Obispo, CA. Here Dorothy was very involved in all of her daughters' school activities, she was a Camp Fire and Bluebird leader, she bowled with her husband on several bowling leagues, she played piano and loved to dance and enjoyed outings at the beach and ocean often. With another promotion at work for Bill in January 1964, Dorothy and family moved to Marysville, CA. During this time in her life, she worked for a short period of time outside the home at the Marysville Joint Unified School District's main office and as a secretary at Anna L. McKenney school. She was an excellent seamstress, loved to decorate her home and work in her garden. She also opened her heart to countless homeless cats over the years.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband of 39 years in 1991 and is survived by her two daughters, June Wells (Don) of Penn Valley, CA and Jeri Schneider of Marysville, CA. She adored being a grandmother to her two granddaughters Melissa Anderson of Marysville, CA and Kristen Isham (John) of San Diego, CA. She also is survived by great-granddaughter, Taylor Anderson, and great-grandson, Zachary Anderson both of Marysville, CA.
Per the family's request, there is to be no official service held; however, a "Celebration of Life" may be planned later in the months to follow.
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Published in Appeal Democrat on Apr. 30, 2013