|Birth: ||Nov. 12, 1923|
|Death: ||Mar. 15, 2009|
Peg Dorey passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 15. 2009, at the age of 85. She was born on November 12, 1923, in El Centro, CA, and was one of seven children born to Nancy and Jesse Fisher. She attended Tulare High School and graduated Valedictorian of her class in 1941.
She met Don Dorey of Lindsay, CA in 1945, and they went "steady" until getting married in July, 1947. They were very happily married for over 61 years. Peg was a devoted wife and mother to three daughters.
The family resided in Lindsay, CA until 1955. After moving to Lancaster, CA, Peg worked for the Antelope Valley High School and College District as Secretary to the Assistant Superintendent and later, after moving to Reedley, CA, in 1964, she worked as Executive Secretary to the Dean of Instruction at Reedley College for 14 years. In 1978, she and Don retired to Camp Nelson and made the cabin where they had spent many summers and weekends, their retirement home.
Family was an important part of Peg's life and she delighted in getting together on holidays and special occasions. Peg loved to cook and entertain and everyone enjoyed her delicious meals and hospitality. She had many interests including a deep admiration for Abraham Lincoln and she acquired quite a collection of portraits and books about him. Other hobbies included reading, sewing, painting ceramics, collecting Native American artifacts, and researching family genealogy. Dolls were a passion and she collected them and made clothes for them. She loved music and singing. In the early years, during the summer months at the cabin, she spent many of her days making dresses for her daughters for the coming school year.
In 1981, Peg became editor-in-chief of the Upper Tule News. Peg was an artist of sorts and many issues contained her artwork and little notes and jokes as space provided. She and Don spent many hours, b.c. (before computers) typing, printing (using a ditto reproducing machine), collating, stapling, addressing, stamping and distributing the paper for 12 years, until 1993. During this time, Peg also contributed many articles to the Tule River Times and the Porterville Recorder.
In April, 1990, she and Don, with other family members, traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the military funeral of Don's brother Bob, at Arlington National Cemetery. During retirement, Peg & Don traveled the western United States and Canada. On some of these trips, they were joined by her sister and brother-in-law, Juanita and Dick Smith and needless to say, many good laughs were had by all.
Peg was preceded in death by her daughter, Donna Lois Dorey Brownlee, her parents, brothers Newt and Pat, and sisters, Evelyn, Annette, and Betty.
Peg is survived by her devoted husband Don Dorey, of Porterville, CA, her daughters, Diana and her husband Jim Hansen of Camp Nelson, CA, and Phyllis and her husband David Thiessen of Cobb Mountain, CA, and her sister, Juanita Smith of Riverside, CA, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren as well as a nephew and many nieces.
Peg went through life with a beautiful smile and had kind words for all. She will be truly missed.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Duncan-McDonald Cemetery on Bear Creek Road in Springville, CA. A Memorial Reception will be held at the Springville Inn immediately following the service.
Brother: Jesse Denford Fisher
Donna Lois Dorey Brownlee (1949 - 1999)*
Created by: Teresa D
Record added: Apr 01, 2013
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