Dorothy Elsie (Dally) Redding, 88, of Ashland, Oregon, passed away February 20, 2012. She was born in LuVerne, Iowa, on April 9, 1923, to Lucy (Will) and Albert Dally. She was the fourth daughter of five children.
When she was eight years old she and her family moved to St. Francis, Kansas. From then on she was "Dorothy from Kansas," just like in the Wizard of Oz.
When she was 18 she went to the big city of Denver, Colorado, to go to school to become a nurse. It was while she was working at the hospital that she met the love of her life, Dale Redding. He was flipping hamburgers across the street from the hospital. She and Dale were married on February 15, 1942. She was pregnant with the first of three daughters, Connie, when Dale went into the Navy. After Connie was born Dale was shipped off to the Pacific during WWll. During the 3 1/2 years that Dale was gone Dorothy and Connie lived in Denver with Dale's parents and two sisters and their 2 young sons. They would travel regularly down to Kansas to visit Dorothy's family.
When Dale came back the young couple with their daughter decided to take their chances in California. They first moved in with family in Los Angeles, and eventually moved to Burbank, California. Here they had two more daughters, Cynthia, and Deleen. They were side by side as Dale rose in the Dewey Pest Control Company.
Because most of Dorothy's family continued to live in the midwest, relatives began to visit. Dorothy became the famous tour guide of the family. She toured Disneyland (later with her own grandchildren), and the studio shows, (especially Johnny Carson) which she loved doing. Having been raised on a farm made Hollywood all the more interesting. She loved the glamour and the movies.
Her interests remained constant throughout her life. She loved family, especially children, gardening, and cooking. Her gardening produced beautiful bouquets that were often in her home. Her cooking was loved by everyone and her cinnamon rolls were renowned. She and Dale were part of the Methodist Church all of their adult lives. Among many things, she appreciated the sense of community one receives at church.
Later in life she went back to school and became a preschool teacher. She spent many happy hours with young children as a teacher, and as a wonderful Grandma. She was a fantastic storyteller, mesmerizing her children and later her grandchildren. She had a love of books and reading, and gave all three daughters an appreciation of reading and libraries.
She became a member of P.E. O. She loved these women and their work to help get women educated. She remained a member all of her life.
After she and Dale retired they built their dream home in Los Osos, CA., where they lived happily for several years, before moving to Morgan Hill, CA., and then Hollister, CA., before arriving in Ashland, Oregon ten years ago.
She was a beloved Wife, wonderful Mother, fun Grandma, and loved sister, aunt and friend. She will be missed by anyone who's life she touched. She is survived by her husband , Dale, of 70 years, their three daughters, five grandchildren, and six great grandchildren, two sisters, and a brother.
The family is deeply grateful to the people of the Ashland Methodist Church, her PEO chapter here, Denise and Joshua of Hospice, and Lolita, Marty, and Pauline Bell (and Claire), for all the loving support and care in her last months.
There will be a celebration of her life August 11, 2012 at the Ashland Methodist Church.