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Repa, Doris Bonney CARDIFF -- Life long resident of North County, Doris Bonney Repa, 96, died in her Cardiff-by-the-Sea home early Sunday morning, February 10, 2013, with her loving daughter nearby. Doris was born a premature twin on September 18, 1916 on the farm of her parents, Charles Anson Lyman and Emma Bonney Melone in Ponto near the Batiquitos Lagoon (now Carlsbad), California. She was placed with her sister in shoe boxes in the wood burning kitchen stove which served as the in-home incubator, but her twin sister died three days later. This tough native Californian lived on the family farm; after finishing chores she enjoyed swimming in the ocean with her five siblings and horseback riding on the beach nearby until graduating from Oceanside High School in 1933. She attended one year at Oceanside Junior College. Before heading off to Los Angeles to go to beauty school, she worked as a nanny for her sister's daughter and also for a military family in Coronado to earn enough money to pay for beauty school. She subsequently worked as a beautician in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego before meeting her future husband, John Frank Repa, a career Marine, at a GSO type dance in San Diego in 1939. They were married at the Twin Inns in Carlsbad on August 15, 1941. After John shipped out to Pearl Harbor on December 8, 1941, Doris played her "Rosy the Riveter" role in the war effort by working in the parts department of Rohr Aircraft Corporation in greater San Diego. John had two leaves during WWII when he could visit his wife. Their two children, John Theodore Repa of West Boothbay Harbor, Maine and Anne Repa Imel of San Diego were born in 1943 and 1945 respectively nine months after each leave. Using their savings from their efforts during the War, Doris and John were able to buy their first home, all of 600 square feet with one bedroom, in Cardiff. John worked at Camp Pendleton while Doris stayed home with the children, a la the stereotypic family that could be seen on the new craze called television. As the family grew up, more bedrooms were needed. By 1950, Doris and John had saved enough money to be "moving on up" the hill in Cardiff to a newly built home. There, Mom opened Doris Beauty Studio in the basement where she ran her own business. For the next 30 some years, she and John modeled how a couple could both work and share the responsibility for raising a family and household chores, long before the women's liberation became a movement. Doris retired in the late 1990's, having outlived most of her customers. During her retirement years, she continued to play tennis, body surf, ride roller coasters, play bridge, travel abroad, tend her garden with her beloved roses, camellias and fruit trees, visit her grandchildren and then great grandchildren, attend the San Dieguito United Methodist Church and DAR meetings, write her memories of growing up in Ponto, and enjoy extended family reunions of over 100 of her Lyman relatives, descendents of her five brothers and sisters who all raised their respective families within 100 miles of each other along the Coast. Widowed in 1996, Doris is survived by her two children, Ted and Anne, and Ted's spouse Betty. She also appreciated the love and support of Anne's late husband John. She adored her three grandchildren and their spouses, Chris Repa and Neot Doron Repa of Brooklyn, NY, Nils Talbot and Carrie Repa Talbot of Reston, Va., and Theodore Lyman Repa and Michelle Daniele Repa of Scarsdale, NY. Additionally, she proudly spoke of her eight great- grandchildren, Tyson, Maya, Kyra, Claire Doris, Ryan (deceased) Silas, and the new twins Hillel and Yotam. The family wishes to recognize the extraordinary care Doris received from her in home caretakers, especially Mary who was also with her when she passed. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 13, at the San Dieguito United Methodist Church. Donations in Doris' memory can be sent to: San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Caile Magdalena, Encinitas, CA 92024 or Hospice of North Coast, 2525 Pio Pico Drive, Suite 301, Carlsbad, CA 92008. Doris was a loving, caring person who will be remembered for her infectious laugh and love of people. She will be remembered with great fondness by all who knew her. Arrangements are entrusted to Abbey Cremation.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Feb. 21, 2013
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