Dorothy Jean Volk, 87, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at 2:00 a.m., at her residence in Modesto, California. Dorothy was born on April 8, 1929 in Sterling Colorado, the daughter of Claude Ballard and Ruth Townsend. Dorothy had one brother, Thomas Ballard.
As a young adult, Dorothy moved to Salem Oregon, where she met her husband of 58 years, Henry Jacob Volk, from Aberdeen, South Dakota. They were married on September 6, 1950.
The couple moved to Turlock, CA in 1957 with their son Gregory.
Dorothy worked as a secretary at Crowell Elementary School and also Cunningham Elementary.
Dorothy belonged to Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Epsilon Rho Chapter, Sorority, for many years involved in fundraisers and benefits for people in need.
The family was introduced to snowmobiles and belonged to the local snowmobile club, Sierra Sno Sports, which turned into years of family fun, trips, rides and races.
Dorothy volunteered at the Emanuel Hospital Gift Shop which was perfect for her as she was very caring and concerned for others. She enjoyed cheering people up which was very rewarding to Dorothy.
Dorothy is survived by her three children, Gregory Volk, Rebecca Volk, and Julie Volk Threet; son - in - law Brian Threet; and her four grandchildren, Alexa Shamgochian (26), Savanna Schaffer (21), Adam Volk (19), and Juliette Schaffer (17).
Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband Henry J. Volk on September 1, 2008.
Dorothy requested cremation and will be laid to rest with her husband, Hank, at Turlock Memorial Park.
A memorial reception (visitation) - in honor of Dorothy will be held on Sat. Dec., 17, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 Soderquist Rd, Turlock, CA 95381. (lite finger foods) (No service will be held.)
Please call Turlock Funeral Home for more details 209-632-9111.
In lieu of Flowers please make donations to St. Jude’s Foundation.
“Mom, we will always carry your memory in our hearts”