Dorothy Mae (Mears) Holsclaw

Dorothy Mae Holsclaw

Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.
Dorothy was born to Sarah and Charles Mears in Great Falls, Montana. She lived the first 16 years of her life on a ranch near a small town called Floweree where she went to grammar school. She was a tomboy and spent much of her free time riding the range and mingling with the wild herd which seemed to accept her as one of their own. Her parents died when she was very young and she was fortunate to be able to live with her brother who took over the ranch.
Ranching, at the start of the Great Depression, was unprofitable, so she and her brother sold out and moved to San Pedro, Ca where they had an aunt. Dorothy went to work as a mother's helper so that she could finish her education. Shortly after graduation, she married Sky Stevens and they moved to Colfax, Ca where his parents lived. They had a small farm with a cow, pigs, chickens a big vegetable garden and fruit trees which helped them weather the depression.
Sky and Dorothy bought an old two story house (known as the haunted house), on three acres with a live stream running the length of it. They adopted two children, Veva and Gail. Sky and Dorothy divorced in 1959. Dorothy went to work at Weimar Medical Center, first as a diet aide then as Food Production Manager. She and Everett Holsclaw were married in 1972 and they traveled extensively for many years. They especially enjoyed fishing and dancing.
Dorothy is pre-deceased by her brother, Clyde and her husband Everett. Survivors include daughter Veva McElhannon and husband Jerry; son Gail Stevens and wife Patsy; grandchildren Leah Whitman, Chris Whitman, Jared McElhannon and wife Amanda, Kevin McElhannon and wife Jenna, Walt and Janni Holsclaw and last but not least four precious great grand children.

Published in Auburn Journal on Aug. 19, 2018