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Dora Mae Clark Anderson


1923 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Dora Mae Clark Anderson Obituary
June 2, 1923 - Aug. 17, 2014

Dora Clark Anderson passed away Sunday, Aug. 17.

Born June 2, 1923, in Ferndale, CA, the daughter of Thomas Knowles and Helen Clark of Petrolia, CA, Dora grew up on their family ranch, raising sheep, cattle and tending a big garden.

Dora moved to Davis in 1941 to study Home Economics. While in school, she roomed at the home of a UCD Home Economics professor, Louise Struve, whom she later claimed was the "most influential person in my life".

It was in Davis that Dora met her future husband Donald G. Anderson, a lifelong Davis resident, while he was home on leave during World War II. Following college, Dora worked in Washington, DC during the remainder of the war and later returned to Davis, where she married Donald in 1947.

Dora was actively involved with Don, until his death in 1986, at Davis Lumber & Hardware Company (known as Davis Ace today) where she managed what is now known as the Housewares Store at 240 G Street in downtown Davis.

Dora was known for her kindness and generosity to family, friends and being so involved locally. She was a member of St. Martin's Episcopal Church and their Foyers group. Active as a 4-H leader in the 1960's, she passed on traditions of sheep-raising, along with her passion for sewing, baking and gardening. According to her family members, "she was a true adventurer, who loved to travel. She loved meeting people from all origins and walks of life". Through Don's affiliation with the Rotary Club of Davis they met and hosted people from numerous countries. She was always active, playing bridge (she said not well), "working out" either in a group or with her trainer, gardening or going to an event. She loved life.

In her later years, Dora served on the board of the Davis Cemetery District, was a member of the Chancellors Club, an active supporter of UCD Football and Basketball and was a past Captain of the El Macero 9r's golf group. She was a founding member of the Mondavi Center as well as a supporter of The Red Cross, Sutter Davis Hospital and Yolo County CASA.

Dora is survived by her daughters, Mary Jo Hoes and husband Charles "Charlie" of Zamora, and Jennifer Anderson and husband William "Doby" Fleeman of Davis; and her sister, Lorraine Clark Joses of San Rafael.

She is also survived by her grandchildren Kevin Hoes and his wife Carolyn and their two boys Hayden and Keegan of Woodland, Anna Mae Fricke and her husband Brendon and their son Cole of Woodland, and Alina Dora Fleeman and Andrew Fleeman both of Davis.

A celebration of her life is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 640 Hawthorn Lane, in Davis.

The family requests memorials be directed to the Red Cross, UC Davis Alumni Association, Yolo CASA and St. Martin's Episcopal Church or an organization of their choice.

Published in Daily Democrat on Aug. 20, 2014
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