Known to her many friends as "Dee," Dorette Elvira (Donati) Maynard, was a native Californian, born to Joseph and Mabel Donati in January 1938 in San Luis Obispo, and had resided in Atascadero since 1967 until she passed Sunday, July 28, 2013. Dee had an identical twin sister, Doreen Ellen (Donati) Rickey, who died of cancer at 38 in 1976 on Columbus Day ,and is buried in Ohio. Dee loved to work in her yard, take walks on the beach at Morro Bay and walk her dogs. She also liked going to the movies, picnics, bowling and hunting. She loved fishing at Santa Margarita Lake and enjoyed taking rides in the country in her Suzuki jeep "Nelly Bell." She also loved gambling in Laughlin, Nev., and at the Santa Ynez Chumash Indian Casino in California. Dee always tried to help others and will be truly missed by everyone she touched in life. She was a very loving and caring person and enjoyed making friends. She truly enjoyed life to the fullest, for she always had a smile on her face and was always laughing and kidding with people. Dee is survived by her brother, Charley-Jo Donati of Cottage Grove, Ore.; two daughters Linda E. Albro of Los Osos; and Debbie Burbeck of Lucerne Valley, Calif.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Viewing will be from 10 to service time at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at the Chapel of the Roses, 3450 El Camino Real in Atascadero. Burial will be for immediate family only. A reception will follow at 1 p.m. at the VFW, 9555 Morro Road in Atascadero. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dee's name to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, Disabled American Veterans and the Help Hospitalized Veterans. Chapel of the Roses 466-1161 Atascadero
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 1, 2013