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Dorothy "Dot" Wiley


1928 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Dorothy "Dot" Wiley Obituary
DOROTHY "DOT" WILEY The local casinos lost a loyal customer on 12/13/14. After facing several years of health related challenges, Dorothy "Dot" Wiley has been reunited with her favorite dance and golf partner; husband Paul Edward Wiley. Born in Detroit, Michigan, on March 13, 1928, Dot was always up for a challenge, even learning American Sign Language at a very young age so that she could communicate with the students attending the High School for the Deaf near her home. She met the love of her life; Paul, at the age of twelve while playing hopscotch. They married in 1949 and stayed in Detroit, until the summer of 1962 when they loaded up their car with their belongings and three young children, and left the snowy winters behind for sunny Orange County, California. Dot worked as a computer operator for US Divers, the company founded by renowned undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, for over 20 years. Upon her retirement, Paul and Dot moved to Chico, CA. Soon after Dot joined the Chico Newcomers Club and became an active member, participating In the Epicurlous Club, the Hiking Club, and played in the Bunco, Mexican Trains, and Pinochle groups. The Newcomers Club was the source of her many friendships and good times during her life in Chico. Quite often her social calendar was more full than those of her three adult children. Sociable, gregarious, and fun-loving, Dot easily made friends in every stage of her life. Up until her passing, she had dear lifelong friends from her youth in Michigan, her career at US Divers, her various social activities in Southern California and of course, the Chico Newcomers Club. Her love of adventure and new experiences took her to Hawaii, the Bahamas, Canada, Can-cun, NYC, Washington DC, and a vast majority of the rest of the United States as a vocal supporter of Paul's senior softball teams. An avid sports fan, Dot was particularly dedica-ted to the Detroit Red Wings, University of Michigan football, and tennis pro Rafael Nadal. She was a lover of picnics, casinos, games; (both board and card), music, theatre, art, adventures, sweet treats, crab legs, and margaritas. Her fun-loving and adventurous spirit will be carried on by the loved ones she leaves behind; daughter Bridget Rutherford (husband Scott, grandchildren Ari and Emily); son Bradford Wiley (wife Linda. granddaughter Kira); and daughter Doreen Wiley (longtime partner Alan Chudnow). She is also survived by her equally fun-loving sister and brother-In-law Jean and Richard Savage, of Lowell, MI, as well as cousins, nieces, and nephews too numerous to mention. While recently standing in front of their mother's closet, her two daughters noticed her shoes. A quiet and poignant comment made by daughter Bridget, "No one will ever fill those shoes". Indeed.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Dec. 30, 2014
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