Dorothy McCrea

Dorothy McCrea passed away on Feb. 6 in the presence of her family. She was born on Jan. 23, 1926, in Monterey Park, California, the fifth of six children born to Henry and Maude Walker. Throughout the years of the Great Depression, Dorothy and her family moved back and forth between California and Little Rock, Arkansas where her parents were born and raised. While living in Riverside, California, as a teenager during World War II, she met Richard McCrea, brother of her friend Doris Carpenter. Richard and Dorothy were married after the war and settled in the Los Angeles area where, for the next several years, they raised their family and kept busy working and later owning and managing an apartment building in Downey. As a very talented singer, Dorothy spent much of her early through her later years singing in glee clubs, a capella and ensemble groups, and church choirs. After her husband retired, "Dick" and "Dot" moved to Paradise were they lived happily for many years. Perhaps Dorothy's greatest passion outside of love for her family was collecting bottles and other items for her extensive Avon collection. Dorothy was a sweet and gentle woman, strong in love and grace, who possessed many talents, including a gift for drawing and sketching and writing poetry and verse, as well as an amazing inner strength in her convictions, in her spiritual faith, and in the love of her family. Although she will be greatly missed, her spirit of caring love and support will always be with us. Proceeded in death by her husband Richard to whom she was married for sixty-three years, she is survived by her daughters Diane and Deborah; her grandchildren Lisa, Erin, Katie, and Devin; her great-granddaughters Venice and Leah; her sister Kay and her brother Don; her sister-in-law Doris and brother-in-law Fred Koca; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Services officiated by the Reverend Doug Crowder of the Magalia Pines Baptist Church were held at the Paradise Cemetery on February 11.

Published in Paradise Post from Feb. 16 to Mar. 16, 2013