Dorothy Dalton Edwards August 19, 1921 - February 12, 2013 Dorothy was born to Clara Belle Stump Dalton and Ross Albon Dalton on August 19, 1921 in Visalia,California. She spent her early years on a ranch in the Willow school area. During the depression the ranch was lost and the family moved into downtown Visalia where her father did carpenter work. While in high school she learned to sew and made most of her clothes and also shirts for her uncles. She was an excellent seamstress and was envied by her friends who wanted to copy her designs. After graduating from Visalia Union High School in 1939, she attended college, which was at the high school, and then went to work as an operator for Pacific Telephone. She met Junior Leroy Edwards (Joe) from Exeter at that time. They were married while he was on a very short leave on Christmas Eve in 1943 and they didn't see each other until the war was over in 1945. After that time they started their family. Diana Jeanne was born on February 4, 1946 and Ronda Gayle on April 4, 1949. Dorothy stayed home with her girls but eventually worked at several doctor's answering services in Visalia and also helped several families with child care. She took care of several generations of their children. She loved her Siamese cats and was a life member of the Tule Gem and Mineral Society making beautiful faceted and cut stones for jewelry and display. Her favorite trips were with this club, most notably the ones to Chimney Rock in the Sierras. She and her husband Joe hauled may backpacks of rocks out of these mountains and the deserts of California and Nevada to their home. Joe passed away in 1986 and she kept busy with her hobbies of gardening, crochet, painting, genealogy and rocks after his death. She also volunteered at the Visalia Senior Center on special projects and as an usher at events at the Civic Center. Four years ago she moved to the Manor House in Exeter, then two years ago to Goldencrest Assisted Living in Morrow, Georgia to be close to her daughter Diana. Her health had been failing the last two months. She died peacefully in her sleep on February 12, 2013. She is survived by her daughters Diana Edwards Biggers and husband Ray Biggers of Ellenwood, Georgia, Ronda Edwards Heppner and husband Gale Heppner of Midland Michigan, Grandson Josh Rowson and wife Jennifer of Indianola, Washington, greatgrandson Joseph Rowson also of Indianola, Washington and nieces Marsha Sandidge of Exeter and Sandy Maloy and husband Leroy of Woodlake. Her remains will be cremated and she will be interred in the Visalia Municipal cemetery later this summer. Friends and family will be notified then for a graveside service. Arrangements have been made by Horis A. Ward Funeral Chapel in Stockbridge, Georgia. (770) 474-1231.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2013