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Dorothy Grace Stokes Wiker


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Wiker, Dorothy Grace Stokes SAN DIEGO -- Passed away quietly on March 21, 2014. She was affectionately called "Dottie" and was born in Grand Falls, Texas, on April 23, 1915, to Goldie and Henry Stokes. Her family moved to El Centro, CA in 1917, negotiating the old wooden plank road through the sand dunes between Yuma, AZ and Imperial Valley, CA. Dottie's father ran a milk delivery business by horse and wagon while in El Centro before moving the family to San Diego, CA. Dottie graduated from Hoover High School with the first graduating class in 1932 before meeting the love of her life, Ivan William Wiker. They were married in 1934, were blessed with their first child, a son, in 1937, and a second child, a daughter, in 1944. They then moved to El Cajon, CA, in 1945, while Dottie was pregnant with their third child, a daughter, who was born in early 1946. They built their own family home in El Cajon where Dottie remained following the death of her husband, Ivan, in 1974. In 2003, she moved to Lake Havasu City, AZ, with her older daughter. Dottie worked most of her professional life with the San Diego City School District as a principal's secretary. Following her retirement, she went on to earn her teaching credentials to teach in adult education. She was a very talented lady enjoying pottery making and watercolor painting, which she taught to others, passing on her talents. She also had a love and special gift with animals. Once her husband brought home many quail eggs he found in an abandoned nest. Several days later the eggs started to hatch. Only one chick survived. Dorothy raised this hatchling to its maturity, and it remained a cherished pet for many years. Another passion of hers was the desire to see other parts of the world. She backpacked on two different occasions in Europe, the last time at the age of 75. Dottie will be sorely missed by all who loved her. She will be interred above her husband who has been waiting for her for 40 years, in the El Cajon Cemetery in Southern California. Dorothy shall be remembered as a loving, caring and kind woman, who loved the art she taught and the family she raised and mentored. She is survived by her son Ivan William Wiker, Jr. (Carol) of Safford, AZ, her daughter Adria Sue Leisten (Robert) of Lake Havasu City, AZ, and her daughter Kathleen "Kathi" Rae Wood (Warren) of El Cajon, CA, five grandchildren, 3 great- grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. We will forever love you mom and grandma.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Apr. 11, 2014
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