November 13, 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Doramae (Fifer) Wagner on Nov. 11, 2013, in Grass Valley, Calif. She was 75.
An informal memorial gathering will be at 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 16 at the Rough and Ready Grange on Rough and Ready Hwy. at Chapel Road. The family would greatly appreciate any pictures along with a written story/memories to be included in a memorial notebook in Doramae’s honor.
Doramae was born on May 15, 1938, to Ernest and Evelyn (Nusbaum) Fifer and grew up in Burr Oak, Mich. At the age of 6, she lost her mother and was raised by her grandparents. She graduated from Burr Oak High School in 1957 and worked as a bank teller.
It was through a school friend that she met her friend’s cousin, Gordon Wagner, and they were married in 1960. They moved to Southern California in 1963.
Doramae’s self-declared purpose in life was to be a supportive and loving partner to her husband and mother to their three children, which she fulfilled with all her heart. While she enjoyed caring for generations of cats over the years, her favorite activity was bowling.
In 1997, she and Gordon moved to Rough and Ready. She developed friendships with many neighbors and, of course, fellow bowlers. She bravely fought cancer in 2009, but it returned four years later to end her time in this world.
Left to mourn her passing, but cherish her memory, are her husband of 53 years, Gordon; children Greg, Kendal and Cindy; grandchildren Nicholas, Jacob, Zachary, Kaitlyn, Crystal, Jason, Jared and Steven, along with other family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to American Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice in Doramae’s honor.