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Dorothy A. TANQUARY

Dorothy A. Tanquary, 86, died peacefully on December 30, 2012, surrounded by her family. Dorothy received her nursing degree in Memphis, where she met her husband, Ray L. Tanquary, whom she was married to for 57 years. They moved to the Bay Area in 1950 where she practiced pediatric nursing at Letterman hospital in San Francisco and later at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto. From 1957-1987 Dorothy managed her husband's Optometry practice in Mountain View. While raising three children she was very active in her community and found time to volunteer for numerous charitable organizations. She served as president of Soroptomist Club as well as serving five years with the Red Cross. Upon retirement in 1990, they moved to Sebastopol where Dorothy immediately became involved with the local Chamber of Commerce and worked for a local law firm. While caring for her husband who suffered a stroke, she also volunteered for the Salvation Army as well as the Charles Schultz Museum, and meals on wheels. For a brief time she volunteered for the "Rock-n-Read" program at a local elementary school doing what she loved, reading to young children. Dorothy was practical, kind, and loving to her family and friends and her community. She was also a bit of a political junkie, always ready to discuss the latest happenings in Washington. Her warmth, generosity of spirit and caring nature will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband Ray L. Tanquary, and is survived by daughters Patricia, Jean and Marsha and their husbands, Jack Noyes, Bill Henigan and Mark Sweeney and her grandchildren, Ryan Mahoney, Matt Sweeney, Emily Romanelli,, Laura Jurgens and Natalie Henigan, as well as three great grandchildren, Ehan and Chloe Mahoney and Cole Jurgens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army and condolences sent to her home in Sebastopol.

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 16 to Jan. 17, 2013
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