Dorothy was the second of five children, born to Harley and Marian Adams. Dorothy was born in Milton-Freewater, Oregon. At a young age, Dorothy moved with her family to Port Angeles, Washington. Family was very important to Dorothy, and she dearly loved her parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.
After graduating from high school, Dorothy and her close friend from Port Angeles, drove together to California. They began working and attending College of Pacific (now, University of Pacific) in Stockton.
At College of Pacific, a young man, named Willie (“Bill”) Boyarsky (former football player at College of Pacific) had returned to visit friends. Willie was introduced to Dorothy (“Dottie”). She was on a date with one of his buddies. Willie was still recovering from a war injury, but this didn’t stop him. The next day, Willie called this buddy and asked permission to take Dottie out.
Willie’s friend granted his wish, and the “Love Story” began! The two were married at College of Pacific Chapel on March 30, 1947. Willie and Dottie Boyarsky lived in Stockton and later moved to Patterson, California. Their oldest son, Stephen, was born in 1950. A second son, Michael, was born in 1951; and their daughter, Jill, was born in 1954. Dottie and Bill moved to Turlock in 1969. Dottie commuted to Patterson to continue working as a pre-school teacher Dottie loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews. Dottie also embraced her friends and children’s friends. Dottie and Bill’s house was filled with hospitality and laughter.
Dottie and Bill moved to Medford, Oregon to a retirement village in 2008, where their son and daughter-in-law lived. Eventually, Dottie and Bill moved to Arroyo Grande, near their daughter and son-in-law in 2013.
At the assisted living home in Arroyo Grande, Dottie was known as “our angel”. She never complained and was always cheerful. Dottie is missed, but we are thankful she is reunited with The Love of her life, “Willie T” (as Dottie called him). Willie (“Bill”) passed away in 2014, and we know he had a big grin and hug for his soul mate, Dottie.
Dottie is survived by her son, Steve (his wife, Mary); son, Mike (his wife, Tracy); daughter, Jill (her husband, Mike); her grandchildren, Andrew, Nicholas, Nicole, Anna, Lindsay, Kimberly, Peter, Zachary, Whitney, and Elena. Great grandchildren include Colben, Camber, Brea, Poppy, Michael, (and another great granddaughter soon to be born). Dottie is also survived by her two brothers, Edwin and Alan, and her two sisters, Carol and Marian, as well as many nieces and nephews.
A small family gathering to honor Dottie (our ‘Mom” and “Nana”) will be held in the spring.