Dorothy Hixon Wanzer
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Dorothy Hixon Wanzer was born in Worcester, Mass., to Allyne and Fanny Hixon, she had three older brothers, Allen, Stanley and Adin. Her whole family was in the florist business and she enjoyed helping at the greenhouses while growing up. She graduated from Framingham Teacher's College and for several years taught home economics at Clarke School for the Deaf in Massachusetts. She married John H. Sargent, a sales engineer at US Steel in 1939 and had two children. The family moved to Drexel Hill, Pa., and then to Los Altos, Calif., where the children were raised. She later earned her California teaching credential and taught special needs children for several years. She married Ernest (Red) Wanzer, owner of Villages Motors in Los Altos in 1972. They moved to Auburn, Calif., enjoying retirement before his death in 1979. She then moved to Wilsonville, Ore., to be with her daughter Marilyn a surgical nurse. Finally to be closer to her family and friends, she moved to Good Samaritan Home in Fremont, Calif. She always said she had a wonderful childhood and told great stories about her extroverted family. She loved to entertain. She became a good friend and in some cases a second mother to many people in her life, providing solace, insight, companionship and much laughter. Her New England holiday meals were legendary. She held forth with her self-deprecating humor and myriad stories of her youth and life experiences, repeated in her strong Boston accent with a little more flourish at each telling. She was an accomplished seamstress making clothes for herself and others in her family and was continuously knitting. She spent hours making doll clothes for her young grandchildren. Over the Holidays she typically baked more than 1000 cookies as gifts for her many friends. She is predeceased by her daughter, Marilyn and her two husbands. She leaves her son Alden (Denny) granddaughters, Sarah Kathryn and Emily Allice, great grandchildren, James and Stella, and nephews, Allen, Jr and George. Her good humor, strength, generosity, infectious laugh and wonderful accent will be missed by her many friends and family. Many glasses will be raised to her memory at future holiday celebrations.
Graveside service will be 2:30 p.m. Friday May 4, 2012 at Alta Mesa Cemetery, 695 Arastradero Road Palo Alto, Calif.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on May 3, 2012