Betty Dorwin
1922 - 2021
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Betty Dorwin
August 27, 1922 - Jan. 3, 2021
Resident of Livermore, CA
Betty Nadine Lawrence Dorwin, daughter of the late Elsie and Clyde Lawrence, was a true native of Oakland. She spent her early years in Rockridge and then attended University High. After high school, she went to the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with a degree in History. While at UC, Betty joined Alpha Xi Delta sorority and it was a sorority sister who introduced her to a returning Army officer, Robert Dorwin. Betty and Bob were married in 1947, spending over 50 years together until Bob's death in 2001. After marrying, Betty continued her career in advertising for one of San Francisco's most glamorous fashion stores—H.Liebes. But Bob's work necessitated a move to Sacramento. From then on, Betty concentrated on family and was very active in the lives of her children, making time for volunteering for Sacramento hospital auxiliaries as well. Her main creative activity, however, was in establishing comfortably decorated homes for her family after each move made necessary by Bob's business. These moves brought Betty back to the Bay Area and she became involved in a number of esthetic activities leading to showings in stitchery, china painting and, finally, oils and water colors. During these years, Betty retained many of her friendships from college and before. She and Bob were fond of traveling in Europe, entertaining friends and meeting new ones. Their many activities included golf which Betty enjoyed more than she ever expected. Much more than golf, however, she adored being with her grandchildren as often as she could. She is survived by her daughters Julie Moore of Lafayette and Elizabeth Vardanega of Livermore and her son Robert Dorwin, Jr. of Livermore. She also leaves grandchildren Katie Clifford of Truckee, Aimee Wingen and Giulia and Isabella Vardanega of Livermore and Michael Moore of Lafayette; and two great grandchildren, Ella and Micah Clifford. She is also survived by her brother, Clyde Lawrence, Jr. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her son John Leigh Dorwin, her great-granddaughter, Waylynn Betty Wingen and her sisters Paula Irene Lawrence and Judith Ann Lawrence LaJeunesse. The family would prefer donations to The Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders Tulsa, Oklahoma (

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Published in East Bay Times on Jan. 6, 2021.
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January 15, 2021
To the best dressed Grandma, may you be at peace and reading stories to Waylynn now as you once did to me. I will always love you.
Aimee Wingen
January 10, 2021
I remember the beautifully decorated house
Tanette Maffei
January 5, 2021
Liz, what a beautiful tribute to your Mom. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
Sandy Barber
January 5, 2021
I love you mom. May you soar with dad and Waylynn.
Liz Vardanega
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