May 9, 1921 - Dec 4, 2012
Resident of Los Gatos
Dorothy (Dottie) Ann Baker Hill, May 9, 1921-Dec 4, 2012, peacefully passed away at home at the age of 91. She joins her husband, Chauncey V. Hill who passed away in 1983 at the age of 66. Dottie was born in Florence, AZ to John and Helen Baker, owners of Baker's Garage. At the age of 7 Dottie figured that by going to college she could explore the world, which was the start of her life filled with learning and adventures of all sizes.
As a military family for much of their married lives, Dottie and Chauncey lived in many places, which included Kentucky, Arizona, Bad Tolz, Germany, over 25 years in Cupertino and over 30 years in Los Gatos. During this time, Dottie often taught as a substitute teacher, enjoying all the children, teachers, staff and parents she met.
Dottie had a strong independent spirit, working and volunteering into her late 80s. After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in Home Economics in the 40s, she had many work experiences. She often talked about the time she worked for Arizona's power company immediately after WWII where she visited homeowners to help them with their new appliances. For over 30 years she was a K-junior high substitute teacher where she especially got a kick out of 7th and 8th graders. During her 70s and 80s Dottie worked at El Camino Hospital Library and the library at Exponent, Inc in Menlo Park.
There was nothing Dottie enjoyed more than driving to the beach with her daughter to look at the ocean, watch her son surf and chat up the locals. In her later years she enjoyed driving with her son to look at the holiday lights and drive through downtown Los Gatos to people-watch. She always looked forward to traveling to Arizona - but only during the cool season - to spend time with her brother John and wife Eunice Baker, her sister Betty Kelly and her husband Dale (deceased), their extended families and her many childhood and college friends. She glowed when surrounded by family and friends, always arriving to the party early and being one of the last ones to leave. She is deeply loved and survived by her daughter Cindy Hill and husband John Reed, son David Hill and wife Mary, son Greg Hill, daughter Betsy Hill, and her three grandchildren, Katie Givens and husband Marshall, Brian Hill, and Laura Hill and fianc#233; John Paul Manfredi and Buster, her grandkids' dog who always made her smile.
Dottie's love for life, family, friends and adventures and her quiet grace and inner strength will be deeply missed by those who knew her. Her inner beauty was always apparent whenever she smiled causing her dimple to appear and eyes to twinkle.
Her family gives special thanks to her circle of friends at the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos for their love and care, especially in her final months.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to InnVision (http://www.innvision.org) where Dottie volunteered for many years or Easter Seals (www.easterseals.com), which impacted her life when as a very young girl she learned that Easter Seals was responsible for the operation of another young girl in her town to correct her walking.
Friends and family are invited to a service and celebration of life at the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos, 16575 Shannon Rd, Los Gatos, March 9th at 2pm
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Mar. 3, 2013