Katy Lea DOWER

Katy Lea Dower (76), passed away peacefully on November 26, 2012, while under the loving care of her family in Sebastopol, CA. She lived for her family and found her greatest joy in spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Born March 12, 1936 in Petaluma, CA, she was the youngest child of Stanley and Olive (Bookless) Barr. She was predeceased by her oldest sister, Minta Ann and is survived by her sister, Ada May and her brother, Dale Edward. Her family moved around a lot in her early years, but eventually settled in Sebastopol where she graduated from Analy High School in 1954. After graduation, she attended beauty school in Sacramento, CA and became a beautician at the White House Department Store in Santa Rosa for a short time. She married the love of her life, Herbert Evan Dower of Sebastopol, on June 6, 1956, in Carson City, NV, and they celebrated their 56th anniversary earlier this year. The couple had five children, a daughter, Lea Ann married to John Woodruff, and four sons, Gary Alan, John Stanley, Thomas Jeffrey married to Shannon Miller, and Robert Edward, who is currently living in Maceio, Brazil. Being a full-time, stay-at-home mom was her happiest occupation and she was always available to be room mother, chauffeur, and loving supporter of her children. When her youngest was in grade school, she became a classroom volunteer at Gravenstein Elementary in Sebastopol, where all of her children attended school. She later worked as a bookkeeper at Hardisty's in Santa Rosa, before beginning her 29-year career at Freeman Toyota in the business office. She grudgingly retired in January of this year due to her failing health. Katy was loved by everyone who knew her. She will be missed greatly, especially by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren: James, Matthew, Daniel, Grace, Benjamin, Luke, Kevin, Logan, Bryce, Michael, Adrian, Travis, Caleb, Joshua, Isaac, and Abigail. She poured herself into each and every one of them, giving of her time and love unconditionally. She was also an amazing cook and loved her Giants baseball! By her wishes, no funeral services will be held. Instead, because of how much she loved to camp with her family, she will be honored and remembered at a huge family camping trip to the Ruby Mountains next summer.

Published Online in the Press Democrat from Dec. 2 to Dec. 3, 2012