On March 6, 1933, Opal Claree Noland Doty was born at home in Laura, Illinois. She grew up in touch with the earth and the animals in a farming community. After high school she moved to Chicago and attended University of Illinois
, Champaign – Urbana for one year. She then moved to Los Angeles and became an Registered Nurse, studying at Bishop Johnson School of Nursing at Good Samaritan Hospital where she would meet her adoring husband of 51 years.
She married C. Howard Doty on July 1, 1961. The next day they took a train to New Orleans and caught a government boat to Panama where she worked as an R.N. at Gorgas Hospital. To return to the U.S. they bought a VW Bug and drove from Costa Rica on the Pan American Highway. Her strong sense of adventure and joie de vivre took them on many exciting travels.
Her first daughter, Lisa, was born on February 11, 1963, in L.A., CA. She and Howard moved to La Jolla in 1965 and on September 16, 1965, her second daughter, Carol, was born.
She resided in La Jolla for the next 47 years where she was an avid tennis player, member of the Doctors' Wives' Unit, bridge player and generous friend.
After battling melanoma for 33 years, she died at home in her sleep on August 18, 2012. She laughed, she loved and her legacy lives on in the beauty of her memory.
On Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 3 to 6pm the family will have an open house at her home.