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Dorothy Ruth Davis Pitzer


1921 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Dorothy Ruth Davis Pitzer Obituary
September 1, 1921 - November 22, 2016 Dorothy Pitzer passed away peacefully at her home on November 22, 2016. She was ninety-five years old. Born in a tent-house "on the old Sargent place" in Arizona's Yuma Valley to John and Georgia Maddux Davis, she was the third of six children: William, Chase, Dorothy, Doris, Jake, and Don. She grew up on a one hundred and one acre farm that produced cotton, and alfalfa. There she learned to milk a cow, garden, preserve vegetables and fruit, sew, and quilt. But what she really loved was to read and write. She wrote for her school newspapers, and as soon as she'd saved enough money she moved to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming a writer or a journalist. While attending Chapman College she worked at Mom's Café to help pay her tuition. Three months into her freshman year Pearl Harbor was bombed. Enrollment fell drastically as the men went off to war, and the campus was turned into a military base. Undeterred, she went to work for Douglas Aircraft, and volunteered for the Red Cross as a nurse's aid. At a military dance where Les Brown and His Band of Renown were playing she met her future husband, Lloyd Pitzer. Shortly after the war ended they married, and moved to his home town of Waukegan, Illinois. There they had eight children: Greg Pitzer, Randi Barrow, Susan Pitzer, Cindy Pitzer, Bart Pitzer, Sally Pitzer, Doug Pitzer, and Elaine Pitzer Shoemaker. After eighteen years in Illinois, the family moved to California, settling in Santa Monica, and Westwood. Lloyd passed away in 1994. All of her children survive her, and have gone on to successful careers in medicine, law, education, psychology, business, and the arts. She cherished her sons and daughters-in-law - Eileen McNally, Arthur Barrow, Bill Howard, Kitty Pitzer, Kelly Pitzer, Scott Shoemaker - who were devoted and generous to her always. Dorothy was known and loved for her kind and gentle nature, her devotion to her family, and an open mind. There was always room for you at her table, and in her home. She gave everyone her full attention, and generously shared her compassion, and wisdom. Undisputed Scrabble Queen, an avid reader, and a fine writer, she passed on her belief in the value of education and learning. She beat cancer twice, never complained, and acted like it was a foregone conclusion that she would survive. For almost two decades she was the beloved social services director for the senior citizens at Westwood Horizons in Westwood Village. They knew she truly cared about them and treated her like a daughter and a friend. She was the proud grandmother of fourteen grandchildren: Cameron, Natalie, Julia, Will, Tess, Dustin, John, Davis, Malia, Andrew, Sammi, Reilly, Rory, and Dylan. Tiago was her great-grandson. Most of all, she was the rock and inspiration in all of our lives: dependable, accepting, and full of love. We will honor her by trying to be more like her. She lives forever in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Dorothy's name to the .
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 25 to Apr. 9, 2017
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