Obituary of Dorothy Bottorff (1930 – 2021) – Petaluma, CA
Dorothy “Dory” Eugenia Bottorff
July 7, 1930 – October 20, 2021
Dory Bottorff passed away peacefully at her home in Petaluma, Calif., On October 20, 2021, at the age of 91.
She was born in Oakland, California, the youngest of four children to Fernando and Hazel Rodrigues.
After graduating from Fremont High School in 1948, she accepted a job in San Leandro working for Lucky Stores as an accountant.
In 1950, she married the love of her life, Norman Bottorff, and together they bought their first home in the Washington Manor neighborhood of San Leandro. There they raised their two sons, Thomas Edward and Edward Alan, until they moved to the nearby town of Ashland in 1958.
In 1959, she started what would become a very successful career in sales. For eight years, she worked as a saleswoman for “The House of Ed’s” men’s clothing store in downtown San Leandro. She then worked as a receptionist for Riviera Beauty Salon and Hair and Skin Clinic in San Leandro. She then became a sales agent at Chapel of the Chimes, where she was awarded the company’s highest award, Top Salesperson, in 1992.
In 1990, she and her husband moved to Pleasanton, California where they lived together until Norm passed away in 1996. She remained in her Pleasanton home until she moved to Petaluma in 2017. During the last two years of her life and her final moments, she remained forever grateful for the home care and companionship provided by her beloved grandson, Jon.
Dory loved to travel, play sports and garden, but her favorite times were spent with family and friends. With two sons, four grandsons, two great-grandchildren and a close circle of friends, there were always plenty of birthdays, milestones and vacations to celebrate. She was also extremely generous, often sharing useful gifts with family, friends, and charities.
Dory was predeceased by her father Fernando, mother Hazel, brothers James and Edward, sister Norma, and 45-year-old husband Norman Bottorff.
Dory is survived by her son Edward, son Thomas and stepdaughter Robin, grandchildren Jacob, Jon, Jared and Sam Bottorff, great grandchildren Nori and Jerome Bottorff and niece Lory Zimnoch.
Services will be held at Chapel of the Chimes on 32992 Mission Blvd. to Hayward. Visitations will be on Wednesday, November 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and an official service and entombment ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 4, from noon.
Donations on Dory’s behalf can be made to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation or the Humane Society of Sonoma County.
Published by Press Democrat from October 29 to November 4, 2021.