Dec. 7, 1923 - Dec. 25, 2020 On Christmas night the three Homan girls lost our precious mother Dorothy Homan. This is her life story. Dorothy Lucille Sommerfield was born on December 7, 1923 in Los Angeles California. In May of 1943 she met Sergeant Harold George Homan at a USO dance at the War Memorial Building in South Pasadena. It was love at first sight and they married on December 30, 1943. After the Second World War Mother and Daddy settled on New Avenue in Alhambra. Mother was the consummate homemaker who filled our lives with cookies and love. Even after Daddy passed in 2001, she lived happily in her home of over seventy-two years. Our mother Dorothy was a gracious, humble, simple, giving, kind, independent, busy person. She was a devoted inspiring mother who showed us how to live lives of service and integrity. By example she passed on to us three girls her love of reading, gardening, baking, and cooking. Mother was known for her banana bread, hand stitchery, Christmas dishes, and American flag. She was a lady who wore her pearls nearly every day that we can remember. She taught our parakeets tricks, and took long walks with the doggies she had through the years. She was a woman of family, friends, and faith. Our mother Dorothy's life was consumed with volunteering until she was over ninety. She was a leader of our Girl Scout troops, a president of the Marie Rose Guild at Ramona Convent, a president of the Alhambra Hospital Auxiliary, a docent who gave fourth graders tours at the San Gabriel Mission, and a civilian helper at the Alhambra Police Department. Mother and Daddy together had a project close to their hearts. Over the years they humbly gifted Saint Jude's Hospital for Children with over two thousand stuffed animals. Those were purchased at garage sales by Daddy, then washed and given buttons and bows by Mother. Dorothy will forever be a mother beloved by daughters Patricia Greene, Diane Gilmartin, and Dottie Clougherty. A sister treasured by Patty. A grandmother cherished by Michael, Kevin-RIP, J.D., Katie, Bobby, Megan, Colleen, and Patrick. A great-grandmother remembered by Thomas, Aidan, Owen, Connor, Bridgette, Sophia, Ryan, Porter, Ariella, Chloe, Makena, Noah, Robby, Lucy, Finn, and Sloane. Dorothy Homan died suddenly from severe Covid-19 late on the night of December 25, 2020. She was ninety-seven years old. Christmas forevermore has a special meaning to us girls. On Christmas, Mother's earthly story ended. On Christmas, the Good Lord gifted our beautiful mother with eternal life. On Christmas, Mother's heavenly story began. FEEL THE WINGS OF HEAVEN SURROUND YOUR BEAUTIFUL SOUL. HOME...TO DADDY'S ARMS!
Published in Whittier Daily News on Jan. 10, 2021.