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Dorothy Ellen Hughes-Bretall

BRETALL-Hughes, Dorothy Ellen

Dorothy Ellen Hughes-Bretall (nee Dorothy Thureson, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.A. Thureson), born March 21, 1924 in Pasadena, passed on March 13, 2013 after a long period of illness. She succumbed to the enervating effects of many surgeries, and an array of serious and painful infirmities.
She was predeceased by her younger sister, Margaret, and husbands Noel Hughes and William Bretall. She leaves a daughter and son, Janice and Stephen Hughes.
Dorothy spent a happy childhood in Pasadena. She graduated from PJC and attended Sawyer School of Business for three years, interrupting her education to join the war effort. She worked at Lockheed during World War II, and greatly enjoyed her time as a hostess at the Hollywood Canteen.
In 1948 she married Noel Hughes, whose work in engineering took him to many foreign countries. Together they owned a succession of lovely homes in many Southern California cities, including Belmont Shore, Lakewood, and Colton. During the years her children were in school, Dorothy was actively involved in many local church, school, political and community organizations. She served as president of the Colton PTA and an officer of the Junior Women's Club. She also taught Bible school, supported the efforts of the local Campfire Girls and Boy Scouts, and holds the honor of being the first female chairman of Colton's planning commission.
William Bretall, her second husband, was a talented engineer. He died a tragic, early death while being treated at UCLA Medical Center for a rare disease. After his passing, Dorothy returned to work in her chosen field of medicine, and worked closely with an array of doctors, from internists to oncologist to neurosurgeons.
She owned two more homes in Pasadena and Altadena, which she enjoyed decorating and landscaping, as she had all her previous properties. She had a heart for animals, evidenced by her long and beloved succession of pets.
Dorothy continued to work until her health became so poor that she could no longer live alone. She stayed with her daughter for three years, then moved in with her son in Riverside and lived with him for a short time. Finally she transferred to a Pasadena convalescent hospital, where she received good care until her passing.
If you wish to contribute a gift in her honor, the Pasadena
Humane Society was very dear to her heart.

Published in Pasadena Star-News from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2013
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