Our very special and beautiful mother, Dorothy Lee Mischler, otherwise known as Dottie, left us to be with our Lord, January 28, 2014. She was dearly loved and will be truly missed, yet always fondly remembered, by her family and friends. Mom was born Dorothy Lee DeJarnatt on July 21, 1921. She graduated from Fresno High School and the University of California, Santa Barbara with a major in Home Economics. Mom loved to sew, cook, decorate, and was a gracious hostess. We often found her in her garden with gloves on and trowel in hand planting her colorful flowers. And yes, she would "Shop until she dropped" with amazing determination. Always active, Mom served as president of the La Comida Guild, played golf at San Joaquin Country Club, loved her tennis and Bridge games with good friends, volunteered at St. Agnes Hospital and attended Northwest Church for many years. Known for her smile and great sense of humor, Mom always enjoyed a good party, a good joke and a great trip; of which she went on many. She was a diehard San Francisco Giant fan, and spent years enjoying tailgates with friends in the "red lot" and traveling to see the Fresno State Bulldogs play football. Music held a special place in Mom's life. She had a beautiful voice, could play a "mean" piano and played the accordion for functions all over the Valley as a young woman. Throughout our lives, many spirited family jokes centered around that accordion. Mom loved her family and their time together. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orval R. Mischler. She is survived by her children, Deedee Johnson, Teri Mischler and Jerry Mischler; four grandchildren, Grant and Todd Johnson, Taylor and Jordan Mischler; and one greatgrandchild, Christian Johnson. Mom is also survived by her longtime companion, good friend and dance partner, Julian Crow of Tacoma, Wa. We want to thank her very loving and dedicated caregivers, Debra "Debbie" Rose and Tracy Robinson. They have been a blessing to all of us during the past few years, treated Mom like a queen and have truly become members of our family. A Graveside Service for Mom will be held at Belmont Memorial Park on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the La Comida Children's Hospital Guild of Fresno; or The Animal Compassion Team of Fresno. Lisle Funeral Home, 1605 'L' Street, Fresno, California (559)266-0666
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Feb. 2, 2014