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Dorothy Cranston Waldeck Dorsey


1922 — 2013 - Obituary Condolences
Dorothy Cranston Waldeck Dorsey
1922 - 2013

Dorothy Dorsey died in Woodland on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. She was born at home on North Street, on May 29, 1922 to George and Effie Cranston. Her grandfather was Ruben Cranston, a former stagecoach driver from Woodland to Lakeport in the 1880s. Mr. Cranston opened a hardware store on Main Street in 1898, which remained in business for over a hundred years.
Dorothy graduated from Woodland High School with the class of 1940. She and many of her friends attended business college in Sacramento via the Northern Electric Railway which departed from the depot next to Cranston's Hardware. One of her happiest moments was the last day of the train service (October 1941) because her parents finally allowed Dorothy to drive her 1939 Packard to Sacramento.
Valentine's Day 1942, Dorothy met a handsome Army Air Corps pilot, Ralph Waldeck, who was stationed at Mather Field. Six weeks later they married at the Methodist Church in Reno. Ralph and Dorothy were married for 38 years and had five children.
After Ralph's death, Dorothy married a long time family friend and fellow Army Air Corps pilot, Robert Dorsey from Missouri. They moved to South Padre Island, Texas. Bob died in 1986 and Dorothy returned to her home in Woodland.
Dorothy was an avid bridge player, belonging to many Woodland bridge clubs throughout the years. Many of the club members are longtime school friends. 3 months before she died Dorothy had her proudest bridge accomplishment by attaining her "all time" high score of 3500.
Dorothy's favorite spot and all of her summer memories happened at a house named Loch Leven in Shasta Retreat. The 6th generation of her family is still enjoying this peaceful place on the Upper Sacramento River.
Dorothy leaves her children: Gary and Barbara Waldeck of Los Altos Hills, Stephen Waldeck and JoAnn Wright, Connie Beard and Bernard Hendrix, Jr. of Woodland; John and Monica Waldeck of Dixon, and daughter-in-law, Marilyn Waldeck of Arizona.
She is also survived by her granddaughters Karen Murvin, Kathy Chudakoff, Amanda Waldeck and Mallory Waldeck, grandsons, Stephen B. Waldeck, Nicholas Beard, Schuyler Waldeck-Myers and Scott Waldeck. Dorothy leaves six great-grandchildren Matthew and Alyssa Murvin, Megan and Michelle Porter, Stephen W. and Nicole Waldeck; nieces Jane Leonard and Barbara Ross, and nephew Tom Cranston.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ralph Waldeck and Robert Dorsey; daughter Joan Waldeck, grandsons Kenneth Waldeck and Christopher Beard; son-in-law Wallace (Larry) Beard; and her brother Eldon Cranston.
Pastor Scott Montgomery will conduct a memorial service at noon, Saturday, Oct. 12, at the New Testament Church, 108 W. Woodland Ave., Woodland. Memorials may be directed to the Shriners Hospital for Children (http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org) or to a .
Published in Daily Democrat from Sept. 29 to Oct. 20, 2013
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