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Dorothy Evans Irvine

Irvine, Dorothy Evans 05/07/1918 - 02/19/2013 SAN DIEGO -- Dorothy Irvine was one of the sweetest, nicest, most gracious people to everyone who knew her. She was intelligent, well-spoken, stylish, and devoted to her family, friends, and pets. She grew up on a sheep ranch on the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana. Dorothy excelled in school and worked as a reporter for Glendive's newspaper to earn money for college. She attended Montana State University in Bozeman for two years and then graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1940. After college, Dorothy taught journalism, shorthand, and typing in high school as well as accounting in community college. She married George G. Irvine in 1941 and lived in various cities while he served as an officer and pilot in Germany during World War II and the Korean War. In 1955, the Irvines moved to San Diego from Minneapolis when George's employer, American Linen Supply, transferred him there. Dorothy especially loved the climate in San Diego after years in the Midwest. In 1963, another transfer took them to Orange County, where they lived in Anaheim. Dorothy retired from Johnson and Johnson Corporation at age 70 and subsequently served on the Executive Committee for their National Retirement Association. As the ultimate multi-tasker, Dorothy loved reading, traveling, big band music, entertaining, and community service-including president of the San Diego Kiwaniannes and a member of Sons of Norway-and she always supported her kids' activities. Dorothy is survived by her four children, Ginger Barnard, Janis Ricards, Georgeanne Irvine, and Bruce Irvine, as well as 3 grand- children and 5 great- grandchildren. The family sincerely appreciates the loving care she received at the Arbors, Penasquitos, and Emeritus Carmel Valley during the last year and a half of her life. Because Dorothy and her family experienced many happy memories at the San Diego Zoo, please consider a donation to the Zoo's new leopard exhibit in her memory at P.O. Box 120551, San Diego, CA 92112-0551.


Published in U-T San Diego on Apr. 7, 2013
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