Dorothy Margaret "Dotty" Zagar, passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 30, 2013. Dotty was a four time cancer survivor. Yet despite her health problems, she lived life with a vivacious and cheerful attitude. Dotty was born in Roundup, Montana, on February 4, 1925, weighing only three pounds. The doctor told her mother she didn't have much of a chance to survive, so her mother sent the doctor away and placed Dotty in a basket of cotton on the oven door as an incubator. Dotty spent most of her childhood in Mullan, a silver mining town in the panhandle of Idaho, before making her home in Santa Rosa in 1947. She worked for many years at PG&E as secretary to the Operations Manager prior to retiring in 1968. Dotty had a lifelong love of crafts and needlework, and after she retired she was able to devote more time to this passion. It was in 1976, after taking a quilting class at SRJC, when she decided to start a quilt group. She invited other students from her class and in her living room hosted the first meeting of what was to become the Santa Rosa Quilt Guild. The SRQG membership grew from the 12 ladies that day, to a membership over 250 strong today. Dotty was Past President, and its Historian for many years. In 1987 she was presented with the distinguished Honorary Life Member award. She loved the group and treasured the many friendships she made there. Dotty created hundreds of quilts large and small, some of which won blue ribbons at the Sonoma County Fair. She had a special talent for color and design, and a skill for intricate even hand stitching. Like the Guild, Dotty was generous to the community. In 2011, she assembled a quilt of red, white and blue blocks made by members, and this quilt was delivered to Travis Air Force Base for a homecoming wounded warrior. Over the last three years she made over 300 baby and doll quilts; all of which were donated to local charities. With the hand quilting just completed on her last quilt, a full sized "Friendship Quilt", she finished sewing the sleeve on the back for its display the night before she passed away. Dotty and her husband Hank enjoyed traveling together. One highlight when they traveled on behalf of Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce to the sister city of Cloverdale, British Columbia, was being escorted by the Royal Canadian Mounties. Another highlight was a Rotary trip to Amsterdam where Dotty later liked to tell about the fun she had steering a tugboat on the canal. Following a Rotary trip to England, Dotty was inspired to found Santa Rosa's "Inner Circle"; a women's auxiliary service and social group of the Rotary Club, which later became the Circle of Friends. We will remember that Dotty always wore her gold sewing bobbin necklace, and on her collar she always wore her American flag pin to honor the soldiers. She will be remembered by all who knew her for her youthful energy, cheerful attitude and generosity. Dotty was the loving wife of Hank Zagar of Santa Rosa for over 45 years, stepmother to Diane Gandara (David) of Napa; mother to the late Paul Cleek of Glendale; grandmother to Gary Cleek of New Jersey; and sister to Terry Skantel (Lovina) of Mullan Idaho, and numerous nieces and nephews in Kellogg and Mullan, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to the
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from July 3 to July 8, 2013