Dorothy Louise Hoyer passed away Friday, August 10, 2012, in Portland, Ore. She passed away peacefully after a 12-year struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. She was 73 years old. Dorothy was born March 15, 1939, to Milton and Beatrice Fraser, in Long Beach, Calif. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1957. She married Earl Miller Jr. in 1961, and gave birth to two daughters, Bonnie and Tammy. In 1968, Dorothy and her family moved to Medford, Ore.
Dorothy loved music and played the piano by ear. She had an amazing artistic ability and learned to paint. She was a member of the Southern Oregon Art Association and sold many of her paintings. She was also a doll maker, a sculptor, and made beautiful handmade wreaths. She was the owner and operator of the "Convertible Top" a wig, hairpiece, and hat shop in Medford, Ore. She helped a great many people dealing with cancer, head injuries, and medical hair loss issues. She offered support and encouragement to so many people in their time of need. Dorothy also worked as a real estate agent in the late 1980s.
Dorothy met the love of her life, James T. Hoyer, in 1977. They got married in 1980. Through this union, Dorothy gained another daughter, Leah Hoyer. Together they enjoyed spending time at their cabin at The Lake of the Woods, travel to the Oregon Coast and their many pets. Jim passed away unexpectedly in 2001. Soon after, Dorothy was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia and moved to Portland, Ore., to be near her daughter, Tammy.
Dorothy resided at Hearthstone at Murrayhill for five years. She was very involved with the Hearthstone community. She played the piano for the Hearthstone church services and reignited her passion for painting. She also met the best friend of her life, Marie Willis.
Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Bonnie Ropog (Richard), of Birmingham, Ala., Tammy Miller-Rembert (Daniel Rembert), of Portland, Ore., and Leah Hoyer (Brian Adler), of Seattle, Wash.; granddaughters, Rachel, Nicole, and Emily Ropog; grandson, Rocky Rembert, of Lompoc, Calif.; great-grandson, Gage Rembert; and her beloved best friend, Marie Willis.
A graveside service will take place Thursday, August 16, 2012, 11:00 a.m., at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Medford, Ore.