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DOROTHY LEIFSON MEYLER
Dorothy passed away peacefully, a few minutes after midnight on Mother's Day, with family members at her side. Present were her husband, Jim Meyler, her son Nicholas Meyler, son-in-law Matthew Mantoen and granddaughter Sofia Mantoen. Her daughter, Karen Mantoen, died last November, a victim of cancer. Dorothy was a second cousin of Dr. Norman Borlaug, 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner who invented the type of wheat that saved millions of lives from starvation.
Dorothy attended the University of Minnesota, majoring in art and she later taught art classes in schools in Minnesota. She also was a model and appeared with Academy Award winning actor Ray Milland in a full page ad in Life Magazine.
Dorothy's sister Jean Kurzeck was living in Mission Hills, California and Dorothy and her parents decided to move here to be with her, eventually settling in Granada Hills. While in California she ran across a fellow Minnesota Phi Mu member, Faye Brimeyer and they became good friends. Dorothy and her family were staunch Democrats, but Faye persuaded her to attend a meeting of the Sunset Young Republicans and Dorothy had to admit they were a great dating group. One of the people she met there was Jim Meyler and two years later they were married and she became a Republican.
One of the Meyler's investments was an avocado grove in Temecula and after several visits they fell in love with what was then called Rancho California. In 1981 they purchased a home in this growing community of about 4,000 people. The Meylers started a small accounting practice with Dorothy acting as client services manager. With her marketing skills the practice grew rapidly and eventually attracted the attention of CPA Donald McLean who had a practice in Rancho Bernardo. The two firms merged and after several additional mergers the resulting entity is one of the most respected accounting firms in the Temecula area.
Dorothy was a founding member of the Arts Council of Temecula Valley and was instrumental in getting the City to fund development of a cultural arts master plan that named the Arts Council as the city's lead arts organization. These activities were eventually taken over by Temecula Community Services Department.
Dorothy was a member of the steering committee that formed the Assistance League of Temecula Valley. She was a founding member and, until her death, a life member of ALTV with hundreds of hours spent in the Thrift Shop, helping to raise money for their many charities.
She was a member for 13 years of the Temecula Valley Women's Club. She assisted in the development of the first home tour in 1985 which generates funds for the library and the museum among other recipients.
She was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International and she was recipient of the 2006 award in Temecula for outstanding contribution to the arts.
In 2005 she was diagnosed with Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia, a rare form of cancer which eventually took her life twelve years later.
A memorial service is planned at Temecula United Methodist Church, 42690 Margarita Road in Temecula on Saturday, June 3 at 10:00 am. A Reception with lunch will immediately follow the Memorial Service.
Published in Press-Enterprise from May 28 to June 2, 2017
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