October 22, 2013
Dorothea Stutzman peacefully passed into the arms of angels on the evening of October 6th in the presence of family at the Hospice Compassionate Care Home in Grass Valley.
Born in Visalia, California in 1913 to Charles and Francine Keyster, she missed her 100th birthday by 82 days. Dorothea lived an eventful
life. Her experiences spanned remembering her father crank their first car to taking a jumbo jet across the Atlantic. She lived from the time of women being granted the right to vote through the Great Depression, World War I and II, the introduction of jet air travel, watched on television a man walking on and talking from the moon, and saw a woman being seriously considered for nomination for President of the United States.
Always being an excellent student, Dorothea attended grade and high schools in Phoenix, Arizona, her home for many years. She graduated from Temple Normal Teachers College in 1926. Her life took a turn, however, when she went to work as a secretary at
Shell Oil Company. There she met a handsome southern gentleman from Virginia named Leonard Warren. They were married in 1937. When the United States entered World War II, Leonard's reserve status was changed to active duty and they moved to a post near Watertown, New York and then to a post near Lexington, Kentucky. From there they traveled to Alameda, California. Their first and only child, Lorraine (Tiffany) was born in
1944. After the war, they moved to Tuscon, Arizona where Leonard opened a gasoline and oil distributionship. Dorothea was his office manager, and during these years, Dorothea became an excellent bridge player and enjoyed playing often.
Dorothea and Leonard worked side by side for many years in the oil business and retired to Tempe, Arizona in 1962. Leonard passed away in July of 1963. After Leonard's passing, Dorothea felt a desire to go back to work and acquired the prestigious position in the Arizona State Senate of secretary to the President of the Senate. She held that position until her boss was unseated.
Then a new page began in Dorothea's life when she moved to Sun City, Arizona and met a charming gentleman, Wayne Stutzman. They married in 1970 and had a rich life. They traveled, enjoyed their grandchildren, and were very involved with the family, always
helping out whenever they could. Their life together lasted 29 years until Wayne's passing in 1999.
Dorothea was a devoted grandmother, always available for support and making a great tuna sandwich. She will be missed.
She is survived by her daughter, Tiffany; her grandson, Judd Glasser (Sara); her granddaughter, Jeree Glasser-Hedrick (Robert) and her three great grandchildren, Tyler Glasser, Landon Glasser and Lisbon Hedrick.
At her request, there will be a private family service to celebrate her life on her 100th birthday, December 27th.
In lieu of flowers, she requested that donations be made to Sammie's Friends.
Arrangements are in the care of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary in Grass Valley.